How to Learn to Ride a Texas Chopper

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The simplest definition of a chopper is a motorcycle that has had unnecessary parts removed from it to create a clean, uncomplicated look. Frequently, to accent this look, the front end is modified to move the front wheel forward. Because of these modifications, choppers can be more difficult to control or behave differently than a stock motorcycle.

Things You'll Need

  • Insurance
  • Helmet
  • Boots
  • License or learners permit
  • Contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles. Learn the requirements for obtaining a motorcycle license and the insurance requirements for your state. Contact your insurance agent to see if your existing policy meets your needs.

  • Learn to be proficient on a stock motorcycle first. Classes are offered by motorcycle dealerships and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. At these classes, you will also learn about required and optional safety equipment and clothing. If you are in the military, your command may also offer these classes to you. Additionally, completion of these classes waives the road test requirement for obtaining a motorcycle license in many states.

  • Identify the chopper you wish to learn to ride. Learn how this motorcycle differs from the motorcycles you have ridden and are proficient on. Ask the seller how these modifications alter the performance and handling of the chopper. Then check to see if these modifications are legal where you intend to ride your chopper. Modifications that are legal in some states may not be legal in others.

  • After obtaining the needed license, insurance and safety equipment, take your motorcycle to a large parking lot or similar area. Learn how the chopper performs at lower speeds in a straight line.

  • Finally, begin more complex maneuvers, like turning and emergency braking. Once you have mastered these skills, you are ready to go out on the open road.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your mother was right, motorcycles can be dangerous. Even with education, supervision and safety equipment, it is possible to be seriously injured or killed on a motorcycle, even at low speeds.
  • It is your responsibility to be in the proper health and physical condition to ride a motorcycle.

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