In the state of New Jersey, there are a number of requirements that prospective motorcyclists must meet before heading out on the road. These are introduced briefly in this article.
The state considers a motorcycle to be a motor bike, a bicycle with an attached motor or any type of motor-operated bicycle or tricycle. However, a motorized bicycle is not considered a motorcycle. Any resident of New Jersey wishing to operate a motorcycle needs to have a specific NJ motorcycle driver license or a motorcycle endorsement on their existing basic/commercial license.
The state Motor Vehicle Commission puts out a driver manual that includes a chapter entirely devoted to motorcycle-related safety information and operating rules (available separately below). Some important concepts contained in this chapter include:
Once you feel confident that you’ve prepared enough, the state Motor Vehicle Commission offers a sample knowledge test for you to assess your knowledge. Some questions that you’ll be expected to know include:
If you’re ready, you can take the written knowledge test and vision test. Once you’ve passed these tests, you can get a permit for practice riding on NJ roads.
The road test ensures that applicants have the practical skills to ensure safe, responsible motorcycle operation in real-life conditions. The road test places emphasis on the following motorcycle skills: