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Do I need a motorcycle license to buy a motorcycle?
No. However, a proper motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license is required to legally operate your motorcycle on public streets and highways.
At what age can I get a motorcycle license?
Currently, Texas allows an individual who is fifteen or older to operate a motorcycle or scooter under 125cc without having to take a driving proficiency test. A written exam is required. The endorsement for this license is restricted to 125cc or less. However, any individual under the age of 18 applying for a motorcycle license (with or without any restrictions) must first complete an approved motorcycle safety course. There are no restrictions on size for individuals aged 16 and older and no motorcycle safety course requirements for anyone over 18 applying for a motorcycle license.
How difficult is it to get insurance on a motorcycle?
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.
How can I find out where to take a motorcycle safety course?
Call the Department of Public Safety Motorcycle Safety Bureau's toll-free number,
, for a location and date which is convenient for you.
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.
What are the insurance requirements 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.
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.
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.
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 one or more lenders who understand your situation. Please contact the business office at Plano Kawasaki Suzuki for more information.
What do I need to inspect on my motorcycle, on a day to day basis, to safely ride it?
A daily check of your machine's general condition and fluid levels can make your ride safer. A quick and easy pre-ride check should include: Lights Check your headlight, turn indicators, taillight, brake light, and horn. Tires and Wheels Check your wheel rims for dents and cracks. Make sure that the spokes are tight and straight. Check tire pressure when the tires are cold and inflate them to the tire manufacturer's specifications. Check for sufficient tire tread. Remove any objects stuck in the tire treads that might cause a puncture. Fuel and Oil Check the engine oil level according to the instructions in the owner's manual. And remember to check your fuel supply. Cables and Suspension Check the cables and controls. Squeeze the clutch to feel if it is operating smoothly. Squeeze the front brake. It should feel firm and keep 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.