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PREFACE
Operating a motorcycle safely intraffic requires special skills and knowledge. The Motorcycle SafetyFoundation (MSF) has made this manualavailable to help novice motorcyclistsreduce their risk of having a crash. Themanual conveys essential safe ridinginformation and has been designed for use in licensing programs. Whiledesigned for the novice, all motorcyclistscan benefit from the information thismanual contains.The original
 Motorcycle Operator Manual 
was developed by the NationalPublic Services Research Institute(NPSRI) under contract to the NationalHighway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) and within the terms of acooperative agreement between NHTSAand the MSF. The manual and related tests were used in a multi-year study of improved motorcycle operator licensing procedures, conducted by the CaliforniaDepartment of Motor Vehicles under contract to NHTSA.The purpose of this manual is toeducate the reader to help avoid crasheswhile safely operating a motorcycle. For this edition, the MSF has updated and expanded the content of the originalmanual.These revisions reflect:The latest finding of motorcycle-safety research.Comments and guidance provided  by the motorcycling, licensing and traffic safety communities.Expanded alcohol and druginformation.In promoting improved licensing programs, the MSF works closely withstate licensing agencies. The Foundationhas helped more than half the states inthe nation adopt the
 Motorcycle Operator Manual 
for use in their licensingsystems.Improved licensing, along withhigh-quality motorcycle rider educationand increased public awareness, has the potential to reduce crashes. Staff at theFoundation are available to assist state, private and governmental agencies inefforts to improve motorcycle safety.Tim Buche
 President, Motorcycle Safety Foundation
 ® 
 
2 Jenner Street, Suite 150Irvine, CA 92618-3806www.msf-usa.org
 
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CONTENTS
PREPARINGTO RIDE
W
EAR 
 
THE
IGHT
G
EAR 
 
.....................4Helmet Use ........................................4Helmet Selection ................................4Eye and Face Protection .....................5Clothing .............................................6
NOW
Y
OUR 
M
OTORCYCLE
 
...............6The Right Motorcycle for You ...........6Borrowing and Lending .....................7Get Familiar with theMotorcycle Controls .......................7Check Your Motorcycle .....................8
NOW
Y
OUR 
ESPONSIBILITIES
 
.........9
RIDE WITHINYOUR ABILITIES
B
ASIC
V
EHICLE
C
ONTROL
................10Body Position ...................................10Shifting Gears ..................................10Braking ............................................11Turning .............................................11
EEPING
Y
OUR 
D
ISTANCE
 
................12Lane Positions ..................................12Following Another Vehicle ...............13Being Followed ................................14Passing and Being Passed ................14Lane Sharing ....................................16Merging Cars ...................................16Cars Alongside .................................16
SEE
.....................................................17
I
NTERSECTIONS
..................................18Blind Intersections ...........................19Passing Parked Cars .........................20Parking at the Roadside ...................20
I
NCREASING
C
ONSPICUITY
 
................21Clothing ...........................................21Headlight ..........................................21Signals ..............................................21Brake Light.......................................22Using Your Mirrors ..........................22Head Checks ....................................23Horn .................................................23Riding at Night ................................24
C
RASH
A
VOIDANCE
...........................24Quick Stops ......................................24Swerving or Turning Quickly ..........25Cornering .........................................26
H
ANDLING
D
ANGEROUS
S
URFACES
 
...27Uneven Surfaces and Obstacles ........27Slippery Surfaces ..............................28Railroad Tracks, Trolley Tracksand Pavement Seams .....................29Grooves and Gratings .......................29
M
ECHANICAL
P
ROBLEMS
..................30Tire Failure .......................................30Stuck Throttle ...................................30Wobble ..............................................30Chain Problems .................................31Engine Seizure ..................................31
A
NIMALS
..............................................31
F
LYING
O
BJECTS
 
................................32
G
ETTING
O
FF
 
THE
OAD
 
...................32
C
ARRYING
P
ASSENGERS
 
AND
C
ARGO
......................................32Equipment .........................................32Instructing Passengers ......................33Riding With Passengers ....................33Carrying Loads .................................33
G
ROUP
IDING
....................................34Keep the Group Small ......................34Keep the Group Together ..................34Keep Your Distance ...........................34
BEING IN SHAPETO RIDE
W
HY
T
HIS
I
NFORMATION
I
S
 I
MPORTANT
 
......................................36
A
LCOHOL
 
AND
O
THER 
D
RUGS
 
IN
 M
OTORCYCLE
O
PERATION
 
.............36
A
LCOHOL
 
IN
 
THE
B
ODY
 
.....................37Blood AlcoholConcentration ................................37
A
LCOHOL
 
AND
 
THE
L
AW
...................38Consequences of Conviction .....................................38
M
INIMIZE
 
THE
ISKS
.........................38
S
TEP
 
IN
 
TO
P
ROTECT
F
RIENDS
..........39
F
ATIGUE
 
..............................................39
EARNINGYOUR LICENSE
Knowledge Test .................................40On-Motorcycle Skill Test ..................41

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