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North Carolina 2011

North Carolina 2011

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NORTH CAROLINA
DEPARTMENTOF TRANSPORTATIONDivision of Motor Vehicles
OTORCYCLISTS 
’ 
ANDBOOK 
 
Thirteenth Edition, September 2007
 
LICENSINGANDREGISTRATION
The law in North Carolina requires the operator of any motor-cycle to have a motorcycle endorsement shown on their driver’slicense. An endorsement may be obtained upon initial issuance of adriver’s license, or any time thereafter, by taking a knowledge testthat includes questions on motorcycling, and an off-street motor-cycle skills test. The knowledge test will be waived on a renewal.Aduplicate license may be issued to add an endorsement to your  present license if the above testing requirements are satisfied.If you are not prepared to take the skills portion of the test, youmay apply for a motorcycle learner permit if you possess a full pro-visional, regular or commercial license. The knowledge, road signidentification and vision test are required.When you register a motorcyle with the Division of Motor Vehicles, you will receive a license plate to be placed on the back of the motorcycle. Keep the plate clean and readable.
 
PREPARINGTO RIDE
W
EARTHE
IGHT
G
EAR 
...................6Helmet Use....................................6Helmet Selection............................6Eye and Face Protection................7Clothing.........................................8
NOW
Y
OUR 
M
OTORCYCLE
..............8The Right Motorcycle for You.......8Borrowing and Lending.................9Get Familiar with theMotorcycle Controls......................9Check Your Motorcycle...............10
NOW
Y
OUR 
ESPONSIBILITIES
.......11
RIDE WITHINYOUR ABILITIES
B
ASIC
V
EHICLE
C
ONTROL
...............12Body Position...............................12Shifting Gears..............................12Braking.........................................13Turning.........................................13
EEPING
Y
OUR 
D
ISTANCE
...............14Lane Positions..............................14Following Another Vehicle..........15Being Followed............................16Passing and Being Passed............16Lane Sharing................................18Merging Cars...............................18Cars Alongside.............................18
SEE
..................................................19
I
NTERSECTIONS
................................20Blind Intersections.......................21Passing Parked Cars.....................22Parking at the Roadside...............22
INCREASINGCONSPICUITY
...23Clothing.......................................23Headlight......................................23Signals..........................................23Brake Light..................................24Using Your Mirrors......................24Head Checks................................25Horn.............................................25Riding at Night............................26
C
RASH
A
VOIDANCE
...........................26Quick Stops..................................26Swerving or Turning Quickly......27Cornering.....................................28
H
ANDLING
D
ANEROUS
S
URFACES
....29Uneven Surfaces and Obstacles...29Slippery Surfaces.........................30Railroad Tracks, Trolley Tracksand Pavement Seams...................31Grooves and Gratings .................31
M
ECHANICAL
P
ROBLEMS
.................32Tire Failure...................................32Stuck Throttle...............................32Wobble.........................................32Chain Problems............................33Engine Seizure.............................33
A
NIMALS
...........................................33
F
LYING
O
BJECTS
..............................34
G
ETTING
O
FFTHE
OAD
.................34
C
ARRYING
P
ASSENGERSAND
C
ARGO
......................................34Equipment....................................34Instructing Passengers..................35Riding With Passengers...............35Carrying Loads............................35GROUPRIDING.........................36Keep the Group Small.................36Keep the Group Together.............36Keep Your Distance.....................36
BEINGIN SHAPETO RIDE
W
HY
T
HIS
I
NFORMATION
I
S
I
MPORTANT
...................................38
A
LCOHOLAND
O
THER 
D
RUGSIN
M
OTORCYCLE
O
PERATION
...............38
A
LCOHOLINTHE
B
ODY
...................39Blood Alcohol Concentration......39
A
LCOHOLANDTHELAW
...................40Consequences of Conviction.......40
M
INIMIZETHE
ISKS
.......................40
S
TEPINTO
P
ROTECT
F
RIENDS
.........41
F
ATIGUE
............................................41
EARNINGYOUR LICENSE
Knowledge Test ..............................42On-Cycle Skill Test..........................43
CONTENTS

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