Welcome to the Sixteenth Edition othe MSF Motorcycle Operator Manual(MOM). Operating a motorcycle saelyin trafc requires special skills andknowledge. The Motorcycle SaetyFoundation (MSF) has made this manualavailable to help novice motorcyclistsreduce their risk o having a crash. Themanual conveys essential sae ridinginormation and has been designedor use in licensing programs. Whiledesigned or the novice, all motorcyclistscan beneft rom the inormation thismanual contains.The original Motorcycle OperatorManual was developed by the NationalPublic Services Research Institute (NPSRI)under contract to the National HighwayTrafc Saety Administration (NHTSA)and within the terms o a cooperativeagreement between NHTSA and theMSF. The manual and related testswere used in a multi-year study oimproved motorcycle operator licensingprocedures, conducted by the CaliorniaDepartment o Motor Vehicles undercontract to NHTSA.The purpose o this manual is toeducate riders and to help them avoidcrashes while saely operating eithera standard two-wheel motorcycle or athree-wheel motorcycle.This latest edition has undergonesignifcant improvements, and containsnew, more in-depth inormation,designed to:
understanding o sae group ridingpractices
carrying passengers and cargoIn promoting improved licensingprograms, the MSF works closely withstate licensing agencies. The Foundationhas helped more than hal the statesin the nation adopt the MotorcycleOperator Manual or use in theirlicensing systems.Improved licensing, along with highquality motorcycle rider education andincreased public awareness, has thepotential to reduce crashes. Sta at theFoundation are available to assist state,private and governmental agencies ineorts to improve motorcycle saety.Tim Buche
President,Motorcycle Safety Foundation
2 Jenner, Suite 150Irvine, CA 92618-3806www.ms-usa.org
Permission has been given by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to the State of OklahomaDepartment of Public Safety to reprint and sell updated versions of this manual.