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Illinois 2011

Illinois 2011

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ILLINOISMOTORCYCLEOPERATORMANUAL
 
Currently, there are nearly348,000 motorcycles on Illinoisroads, and this number isincreasing every year. Becauseof their size and vulnerability ina crash, it is important to takespecial precautions when ridinga motorcycle. Learning and thenpracticing proper cycling skillscan significantly reduce the riskof an accident.This
 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual 
providesinformation that will help you learn how to operateyour motorcycle safely and skillfully. Informationneeded for the Illinois Secretary of State motorcyclelicense exams also is included. I hope you will use thisresource not only as a study aid, but as a tool todevelop your motorcycling skills.In addition to studying this manual when preparing foryour motorcycle exams, please review the
 Illinois Rules of the Road 
booklet as well. The bookletprovides an overview of important traffic safety laws.Motorcycle riders have the same rights andresponsibilities as other motorists. By obeying trafficlaws and practicing good motorcycling skills, you willensure not only your safety but the safety of otherswho share the road with you.Jesse WhiteSecretary of State
 
1
Overview 
Motorcycle Classification. . . . . . . . . 2Instruction Permits. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2License Plates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Motorcycle Traffic Laws. . . . . . . . . . . 3
Preparing to Ride
Helmet Use/Selection. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4Eye and Face Protection. . . . . . . . . . 5Clothing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Know Your Motorcycleand Your Responsibilities
Borrowing and Lending. . . . . . . . . . . 6Get Familiar with the Controls. . . . . 6Check Your Motorcycle. . . . . . . . . . . 7Your Responsibilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Motorcycle Controland Operation
Body Position. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9Shifting Gears. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9Braking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10Turning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10Keeping Your Distance. . . . . . . . . . . 11Lane Positions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11Following Another Vehicle. . . . . . . . 12Being Followed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Passing and Being Passed. . . . . . . . 13Lane Sharing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14Merging Vehicles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14Vehicles Alongside. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15SIPDE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15Intersections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16Passing Parked Cars. . . . . . . . . . . . . 18Parking at the Roadside and Curbs18
Being Seen
Clothing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Headlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Signals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Brake Light. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20Using Your Mirrors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20Head Checks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21Horn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21Riding at Night. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Crash Avoidance
Quick Stops. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22Swerving or Turning Quickly. . . . . . 23Cornering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Dangerous Surfaces
Uneven Surfaces and Obstacles. . . 25Slippery Surfaces. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25Tracks and Pavement Seams. . . . . . 27Grooves and Gratings. . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Mechanical Problems
Tire Failure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27Stuck Throttle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28Wobble. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28Chain Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29Engine Seizure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Obstacles
Animals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29Flying Objects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30Getting off the Road. . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Carrying Passengersand Cargo
Equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30Instructing Passengers. . . . . . . . . . . 31Riding with Passengers. . . . . . . . . . 31Carrying Loads. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Protect Yourself and Others
Group Riding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32Alcohol and Other Drugs. . . . . . . . . 33Fatigue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Earning Your MotorcycleLicense
Rider Skill Tests. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37Required Equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . 42Knowledge Test —Sample Questions/Answers. . . . . 44Motorcycle Rider Safety TrainingProgram Regional Centers. . . . . . 45
Classification Criteria 
Motorcycles, Mopeds. . . . . . . . . . . . 46Two-Wheel, and Three-WheelMotorcycles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
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