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Indiana Motorcycle Manual | Indiana Motorcycle Handbook

Indiana Motorcycle Manual | Indiana Motorcycle Handbook

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With Supplementary Information for Three-Wheel Motorcycles
Welcome to the Seventeenth Edition of the MSF Motorcycle Operator Manual (MOM). Operating a motorcycle safely in traffic requires special skills and knowledge. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has made this manual available to help novice motorcyclists reduce their risk of having a crash. The manual conveys essential safe riding information and has been designed for use in licensing programs. While designed for the novice, all motorcyclists can benefit from the information this manual contains.The original Motorcycle Operator Manual was developed by the National Public Services Research Institute (NPSRI) under contract to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and within the terms of a cooperative agreement between NHTSA and the MSF. The manual and related tests were used in a multi-year study of improved motorcycle operator licensing procedures, conducted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles under contract to NHTSA.The purpose of this manual is to educate riders and to help them avoid crashes while safely operating either a standard two-wheel motorcycle or a three-wheel motorcycle. This latest edition has undergone significant improvements, and contains new, more in-depth information, designed to:
Guide riders in preparing to ride
Develop effective street strategiesGive riders more comprehensive
understanding of safe group riding practices
Describe in detail best practices for
carrying passengers and cargoIn promoting improved licensing programs, the MSF works closely with state licensing agencies. The Foundation has helped more than half the states in the nation adopt the Motorcycle Operator Manual for use in their licensing systems.Improved licensing, along with high quality motorcycle rider education and increased public awareness, has the potential to reduce crashes. Staff at the Foundation are available to assist governmental and private agencies in efforts to improve motorcycle safety.Tim Buche
President, Motorcycle Safety Foundation
Revised January 1, 2015 
To operate a motorcycle on a public roadway, an individual must have a valid motorcycle learner’s permit or a motorcycle endorsement on any of the following types of base licenses:
• An operator, chauffeur, public
passenger chauffeur or commercial driver’s licenseTo operate a Motor Driven Cycle (MDC)
– Class A on Indiana roads, you must carry
a valid driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement or a motorcycle endorsement
with an MDC - Class A restriction.To operate an MDC - Class B on Indiana
roads, you must carry a valid driver’s license
or an Indiana Identication card with an MDC - Class B endorsement.
Traffic Actuated Signals
Effective July 1, 2014, Indiana law (IC 9-21-3-7(b)(3)(D)) helps Hoosier
motorcyclists and operators of an MDC
avoid prolonged waits at red lights. An
operator approaching an intersection
controlled by a trafc signal may proceed
through a steady red light if the operator comes to a complete stop for at least 120 seconds and then exercises due caution,
treats the trafc control signal as a stop sign and determines that it is safe to proceed.
For individuals who want to learn how to ride a motorcycle or improve their current riding skills and knowledge, courses are offered throughout the state
through the Indiana Motorcycle Operator Safety Education Program. The program
administered through the Indiana BMV
and courses are conducted through a third party
vendor. A standard curriculum is taught
at all training sites by rider coaches who
are nationally certied by the Motorcycle
Safety Foundation (MSF) and who meet the additional requirements of the state
A motorcycle learner’s permit allows Indiana residents who hold a valid Indiana driver’s license to practice riding a motorcycle or MDC - Class A before applying for a motorcycle endorsement.
You may apply for a motorcycle learner’s
permit at any Indiana license branch. You
must meet the following requirements to obtain a motorcycle learner’s permit:
• Hold a valid Indiana driver’s licensePass a standard vision screening testPass a knowledge test based on the Motorcycle Operator’s Manual
Motorcycle Learner’s Permit Driving Privileges
If you hold a motorcycle learner’s permit
and choose to operate a motorcycle or an
MDC - Class A, you must wear a helmet
when you operate the vehicle and only ride during daylight hours without any
Motorcycle Learner’s Permit Validity
A motorcycle learner’s permit is valid for one (1) year. A motorcycle learner’s
permit may be renewed one (1) time for
a period of one (1) year. If you do not
obtain a motorcycle endorsement before the expiration of the renewed permit, you must wait one (1) year to reapply for a new
motorcycle learner’s permit.
If you already have a valid Indiana driver’s
license, you may add an endorsement to your license allowing you to operate a motorcycle or MDC - Class

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