FAQ: Motorcycle Riding in Texas

  1. Do I need a motorcycle license to buy a motorcycle in Texas?

    No. However, a proper motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license is required to legally operate your motorcycle on public streets and highways.

  2. At what age can I get a motorcycle license in Texas? How do I obtain a motorcycle license in Texas?

    Currently, Texas allows an individual who is 15 or older to operate a motorcycle or scooter 250cc and under by meeting the motorcycle endorsement requirements of Texas state law. However, riders 16 years and older may ride any motorcycle with any displacement with an M Class motorcycle license. Learn more about getting a Class M driver license from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

  3. How difficult is it to get motorcycle insurance in Texas?

    Plano Kawasaki Suzuki represents several insurance companies which specialize in motorcycle insurance. Because each insurance company evaluates risk differently, we are able to compare rates and come up with a policy to cover your needs affordably.

  4. How can I find out where to take a motorcycle safety course in the Dallas area?

    Call the Department of Public Safety Motorcycle Safety Bureau's toll-free number, 1-800-292-5787, for a location and date which is convenient for you.

  5. Can I get a discount on my insurance if I have taken an approved motorcycle safety course?

    Yes. Every insurance company that Plano Kawasaki Suzuki represents allows a 10% discount on your premium upon proof of course completion.

  6. What are the insurance requirements in Texas for operating a motorcycle without a helmet?

    Plano Kawasaki Suzuki encourages all motorcyclists to wear protective clothing and equipment at all times. However, Texas state law currently allows motorcyclists aged 21 and over to operate a motorcycle without a helmet if proof of a minimum of $10,000 medical insurance for injuries is maintained. A decal, which can be affixed to the rear of your motorcycle, may be purchased through the Department of Public Safety upon showing proof of sufficient insurance coverage. However, purchase of a decal is not required providing you carry proof of coverage at all times. Your Plano Kawasaki Suzuki insurance agent will be glad to assist you in adding $10,000 medical payments to any insurance policies we write for you.

  7. Do I have to make an appointment for a state inspection?

    No. We can perform inspections within 15 minutes anytime during our regular business hours. Be sure to bring proof of insurance for your state inspection. If you need insurance, you can fill out our online insurance quote request form.

  8. How do I get a loan for a motorcycle?

    Applying for a motorcycle loan is very simple. Once you have decided on a motorcycle you wish to purchase, your salesperson will assist you in completing an application (or fill out our online credit application) that we submit to one or more lenders that specialize in motorcycle loans. Loan payments can be structured from 12 to 72 months, depending on the amount of the loan and your budget.

  9. What kind of credit do I need to be financed?

    As with any loan, maintaining a good credit history is the single most important factor in loan approval. However, not all companies evaluate credit history the same way. We know, for instance, some good customers run into some trouble from time to time. Because Plano Kawasaki Suzuki deals with up to a dozen different lenders, we can submit your credit application to a variety of lenders who understand your situation. Please contact the business office at Plano Kawasaki Suzuki for more information.

  10. What do I need to inspect on my motorcycle on a day to day basis to safely ride it?

    Tips from our Service Department: A daily check of your machine's general condition and fluid levels can make your ride safer. A quick and easy pre-ride inspection should include: headlight, turn indicators, taillight, brake light, and horn. Check your tires for proper tire pressure, especially when it's cold, and your wheel rims for dents and cracks. Make sure that the spokes are tight and straight. Check for sufficient tire tread. Remove any objects stuck in the tire treads that might cause a puncture. Check the engine oil level according to the instructions in the owner's manual and remember to check your fuel supply. Check the cables and controls, squeeze the clutch to feel if it is operating smoothly. Squeeze the front brake for firm resistance that keeps the motorcycle from rolling forward when pushed. Check the rear brake in the same way. Check the suspension for smooth but damped movement. Follow the instructions in your owner's manual to adjust the suspension for the load you will be carrying and the type of riding you will be doing.