As of August 31, 2012, any 16 or 17 year old who wishes to take the skills test for their motorcycle license will have had to first complete the basic rider course offered by the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program.
This is a free program and the bikes are normally provided free of charge. Most motorcycle lawyers familiar with this rule, will advise that before one can go for their licensing test, they must have had a learners permit for at least 6 months, completed at least 15 hours of classroom and riding instruction which breaks down into 5 hours in the classroom and 10 hours on the course.
If you are under 18 you must also show that you had your parent attest to the 65 hours of training being completed. However, the 15 hours of training does count toward the 65 hours on the road requirement.
As a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer, this is one rule that I truly believe in and support because at a minimum it will insure that every rider has taken the safety course and has been taught the safest way to ride a motorcycle. Hopefully after taking this course and buying an appropriate motorcycle, your riding skills will prevent you from ever needing to call a motorcycle lawyer.
If you have any questions regarding this topic or any motorcycle accident questions, please feel free to contact me at 888-292-5352 (888-CYCLE-LAW).