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Illinois Motorcycle Manual | Illinois Motorcycle Handbook

Illinois Motorcycle Manual | Illinois Motorcycle Handbook

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03/14/2014

 
 llinois otorcycle
operator manual 
 
Currently, there are nearly356,000 licensed motorcycles onIllinois roads, 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 
provides infor-mation that will help you learn how to operate yourmotorcycle safely and skillfully. Information needed forthe Illinois Secretary of State motorcycle licenseexams also is included. I hope you will use thisresource not only as a study aid, but as a tool to devel-op your motorcycling skills.In addition to studying this manual when preparing foryour motorcycle exams, please review the
 Illinois Rules of the Road 
booklet. The booklet provides anoverview of important traffic safety laws. Motorcycleriders have the same rights and responsibilities asother motorists. By obeying traffic laws and practicinggood motorcycling skills, you will ensure not only yoursafety but the safety of others who share the road withyou.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 Motorcycle and Your Responsibilities
Borrowing and Lending. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6Get Familiar with the Controls. . . . . . . . 6Check Your Motorcycle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7Your Responsibilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Motorcycle Control and 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 Curbs. . . . 18
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 Training Program Regional Centers. . . . . . . . . 45
Classification Criteria
Motorcycles, Mopeds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46Two-Wheel, and Three-Wheel Motorcycles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
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