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CA DMV Motorcycle Handbook

CA DMV Motorcycle Handbook

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DISCLAIMER .................................IIWHERE TOWRITE ........................IIINTRODUCTION ............................2TWO-WHEELVEHICLE OPERATION ........2Motorcycles ...................................2Motor-Driven Cycles .....................3Motorized Bicycles .......................3Motorized Scooter ........................3LICENSE REQUIREMENTS ..........4Earning Your License ...................4Application Requirements
—All Drivers ............................4Permit Requirements ...................5
Minors.............................................5Adults..............................................5Licensing Requirements.................5Minors.............................................5Adults..............................................5
On-Cycle Skill Test ........................5PREPARING TO RIDE ...................6Wearing the Right Gear ................6
Helmet use .....................................6Helmet selection.............................6Eye and face protection ..................7Clothing ..........................................7
Know Your Motorcycle ..................8
The right motorcycle .......................8Borrowing and lending ....................8Get familiar with the motorcycle controls ...............9Check your motorcycle ...................9
Know Your Responsibilities .......10RIDE WITHIN YOUR ABILITIES ..10Basic Vehicle Control .................10
Body position................................10Shifting gears................................11Braking .........................................11Turning ..........................................12
Keeping Your Distance ...............12
Lane positions ..............................12Following another vehicle .............13Being followed ..............................14Passing and being passed ...........14Lane sharing .................................15Merging cars.................................15Cars alongside..............................16
Search, Evaluate, and Execute ..16
Search ..........................................16
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Evaluate ........................................16Execute .........................................17
Intersections ...............................17
Blind intersections ........................18Passing parked cars .....................18Parking at roadside .......................19
Increasing Visibility ....................19
Clothing ........................................19Headlight ......................................20Turn signals ..................................20Brake light .....................................21Using your mirrors ........................21Head checks .................................22Horn ..............................................22Riding at night...............................22
Crash Avoidance ........................23
Quick stops ...................................23Swerving or turning quickly ..........24Cornering ......................................25
Handling Dangerous Surfaces..26
Uneven surfaces and obstacles ....26Slippery surfaces ..........................26Railroad or trolley tracks and pavement seams .................27Grooves and gratings ...................28
Mechanical Problems .................28
Tire failure .....................................28Stuck throttle .................................28Wobble ..........................................29Chain problems ............................29Engine seizure..............................29
Animals........................................30Flying Objects .............................30Getting Off the Road ..................30Carrying Passengers and Cargo .31
Equipment ....................................31Instructing passengers .................31Riding with passengers ................31Carrying loads ..............................32
Group Riding ...............................32
Keep the group small ....................32Keep the group together ...............32Keep your distance .......................33
BEING IN SHAPE TO RIDE .........34Blood Alcohol Concentration....34Alcohol And the Law ..................35Minimize the Risks .....................35Fatigue .........................................35MOTORCYCLE INSURANCE FACTS ..........................................35EVADING A PEACE OFFICER ....36TREAD LIGHTLY .........................36
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©Copyright, Department of Motor Vehicles 2007All rights reserved.This work is protected by U.S. Copyright Law. DMV owns the copyrightof this work. Copyright law prohibits the following: (1) reproduction of the copyrighted work; (2) distribution of copies of the copyrighted work;(3) preparation of derivative works based upon the copyrighted work; (4)displaying the copyrighted work publicly; or (5) performing the copyrighted work publicly. All requests for permission to make copies of all or any partof this publication should be addressed to:Department of Motor Vehicles Legal Office P.O. Box 932382 Sacramento, CA 94232-3820
DISCLAIMER
This handbook is only a summary of the laws and regulations. DMV, lawenforcement, and courts follow the full and exact language of the law contained in the California
Vehicle Code
. You may buy a copy of the
Vehicle Code
atany DMV office or visit our website atwww.dmv.ca.gov. 
WHERE TOWRITE
If you have any suggestions or comments regarding this handbook, pleasewrite to:Department of Motor VehiclesCustomer Communications Unit M/S: C165P.O. Box 932345Sacramento, CA 94232-3450
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