Desire... Necessity... Reality!
So, you've got the desire. You know that you just won't be happy until you own that motorcycle. Now, there are several considerations that are a necessity. This page is a point of reference for finding answers to your most frequently asked questions about motorcycle ownership. Cruise through these like a checklist, then cruise off into the sunset! Happy riding!
Learning & Legalities
In order to legally operate your motorcycle, you must obtain an endorsement to your driver's license. Prior to being granted a motorcycle endorsement, you will be issued a temporary permit. You may still apply for a permit even if you don't have a driver's license, beginning at age 16. If you are under the age of 18, you must drive with your permit for one year, during which time a licensed driver must always drive next to you or behind you.
To obtain a permit: Visit the motor vehicle department in John Elway Harley-Davidson®, or in your area, and pick up the written test booklet. Once you are familiar with the information, take the written exam. In the booklet, you will also find pictures of the course types used for your riding test so review those as well. Once you pass the written test, your permit will cost approximately $10.60. The test is free.
To obtain an endorsement: once you are ready, you will take a riders course test that entails things such as sand, swerving, weaving, etc. The rider's course test is available in certain cities, as well as through private third parties. The closest facility to John Elway Harley-Davidson® is the testing center in Boulder. The test is free and the endorsement costs approximately $2.00.
Remember: if you don't already have a Colorado driver's license, you will need to take your social security card and legal birth certificate with you.
John Elway Harley-Davidson® Licensing Office: 800 8th Avenue, Suite 111, John Elway Harley-Davidson®, CO 80632, (970) 352-5845, Open Monday-Friday 8 AM-5 PM.
Motorcycle insurance tips
If your motorcycle is financed, you absolutely must have insurance in place before the bike can leave the dealership. If you pay cash, you may take the bike from our premises, but are required by state law to insure it before operating.
Motorcycle insurance rates can be reduced in many ways. First is the number of years of experience you have had on motorcycles. Second is the number of riding safety classes you've taken and how current they are. A third way to lower your rate is through membership in riding groups/organizations. Finally, your rate is drastically affected by the type of bike you drive. Sport bikes carry much higher rates than cruisers.
When obtaining bike insurance, be aware that many companies require the bike to be garaged when not in use, and they often prefer that it is stored at a property where you live or own the premises.
Due to the inherent risk factors associated with motorcycle operation, you should consider medical coverage through your insurance provider, as well as towing coverage in the event your bike is inoperable.
It is an excellent idea to take a motorcycle class. There are many available around the state, and we offer an excellent course called the Rider's Edge right here at the dealership. Click here to access additional information. Keep in mind that if you take our course, at the price of $349, and buy your bike from us, we will reimburse you $100 of the class cost!
Your safety is truly your responsibility. Here at John Elway Harley-Davidson® we care about our riders and want to share with you some great tips on staying safe. There is a lot more to riding safely than you might think. Even seasoned riders who have thousands of miles under their belt can benefit from remembering these tips, adapted from the Harley-Davidson® website.