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Zangskar Valley, India



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G'day,
Im a fledgling rider desperate to do a trip across america having travelled exstensively over australia.
Im not on a full licence here in australia,just wandering if you need a full licence in the US and are you restricted to a curtain size.
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I recommend you should get your full licence first.

A few American states only require a car driver's licence to operate a motorcycle. Most require you to have a full motorcycle licence. The USA and Canada do not have graduated licences really: you usually get a learner's permit that is restricted in not carrying a passenger or night riding etc., but I don't think there's anywhere you are restricted in engine size.

I suspect that if you come to the USA with a 250 cc licence, if the licence clearly says 250 cc only and you get pulled over by a cop, you could have some problems. Best just to get your full licence at home, then come over here without a hassle.




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Luke,

If I remember right it takes a long time to get your full licence in Oz, yes?

If you don't want to wait / can't wait, try contacting the AAA in the US (www.aaa.com - enter the sample zip code to get in) and see what they have to say. I know that in most of the US and Canada you can ride anywhere with a mc learners permit, you just can't carry a passenger, sometimes can't ride at night as Bruce mentions, and varying other restrictions. There is no size restriction anywhere that I know of unless you're under 16.
Let us know what you find out by posting it here! Others may want to know!
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