How to learn to ride a motorcycle
How I did it: Most states offer motorcycle training classes. I took one in CA, it was $100 for those under 21 and $200 for anyone older (I think it was called CC Rider). It only took one weekend to learn! They set you up with a bike to ride for the class, so you don't even need to own one yet. If you damage it — oh well, that's not yours to worry about! But you'll do great.
The class is 1/2 in the classroom and 1/2 in practice. They start out the riding portion very simply, and work you up to every manuever you'll need to be on the road — including riding over a 2x4 (not sure if I needed that, but good to know that I can do it)
Lessons & tips: You'll only need to have a helmet for the class and wear protective clothing (a long sleeve fleece is fine, jeans and hiking boots that cover your ankle).
The best part about taking the class to learn is that once you finish, you get a discount on your
insurance for life, and the class counts as your motorcycle "driving
test" with the DMV. All you have to do is take the written exam.
Both new and experienced drivers take the course. Some are there to learn, some want to be more confident, and some just want to save money on insurance.
Resources: Check out the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to find a rider course near you.
Just go for it! Even if you don't end up buying a bike, you'll have fun and feel great for learning to ride.