Can I ride a motorcycle if I don't know how to drive manual?

I'm 18 and I've never ridden a motorcycle before, and I've been looking at taking a safety course so I could start learning. However, I've read online that some people say not knowing how to drive stick before taking the safety course is dumb, and that I'll flunk out. I don't really have an... show more I'm 18 and I've never ridden a motorcycle before, and I've been looking at taking a safety course so I could start learning. However, I've read online that some people say not knowing how to drive stick before taking the safety course is dumb, and that I'll flunk out. I don't really have an available car to learn stick on, can I still take the safety course and learn how to ride without knowing how to drive a manual car? Or is that stupid?

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