Hello all, I am 16, 17 this month, and I have always wanted to get into motorcycles. I have ridden dirt bikes and quads for a long time, since about 7, so I know the basics of how to work a clutch. I have been saving up for a motorcycle and am almost there. Couple questions. I live in new york and only know one person who has a motorcycle, my friend's dad. Is there any way to get my license another way as it seems like it would be a bother to him and a general hassle to try to ride with him. Is there any other way to get the hours needed? Next, obviously, I need a bike. I have about $1000 saved for everything I need, bike, gear, everything, I that enough. I realized that I'm not going to get a princess, but my idea is get something I can fix as I am relatively mechanically inclined. I guess, what is a good bike to start. I know I don't want a sport or touring bike, I like the look of café racers, but have never driven one. I think a chopper? I guess would be the one I am sure of. Anyways, there are plenty of cheaper bike that need to be worked on a little to be ready, a couple maxims, hondamatics, a virago, a CB, Honda shadow, and so on. What is a good start, I would think something like a 1000 is just stupid to get, but would like a 650 or 700 be good? Or is that too much? As I have said, I have ridden dirt bikes and quads, but none that were over 600cc (a quad), so I don't really know how all of this equates. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Anyways, thanks for reading what probably sounds mostly like nonsense, thank to anyone that replies.