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    Dave HeinemanGovernor

    O FFICE OF THE G OVERNOR

    S TATE OF N EBRASKA

    An Equal Opportunity/Afrmative Action Employer

    Dear Fellow Drivers:

    Thank you for taking the time to review the Nebraska Motorcycle Manual. Theinformation in this booklet is designed to help you study for the motorcycle writtenand driving tests. I know that you will find the manual useful. The manual is alsoavailable via the Department of Motor Vehicle's Web site at www.dmv.ne.gov.

    By reviewing the information in this manual you will increase your chances ofpassing the motorcycle test. You may also learn more about driving safely on ourroads. These days Nebraskans are driving more vehicles, more miles. Thisincreased traffic generally equates to higher crash rates. By being informed and byfollowing the laws and rules of the road, you can reduce the likelihood that you willbe involved in a crash.

    I wish you safe travels as you drive the many beautiful roads and highways ofNebraska. I also urge you to review the information in this manual from time totime for the safety of all who share our roads.

    Sincerely,

    Dave HeinemanGovernor

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    GENERAL INFORMATION

    Please review the Nebraska Drivers Manual in conjunction with

    this manual. It contains important information regarding proof ofidentication, address verication and licensing requirements thathave not been duplicated here. This information is also available onthe Department of Motor Vehicles website at: www.dmv.ne.gov/ examining.

    The DMV sends renewal notices to individuals 90 days prior tothe expiration of their current license or state identication card. Tospeed up the renewal process, please present this renewal notice toDriver Licensing Staff at the time of renewal. You will also need topresent a completed data form to driver licensing staff which can befound in the centerfold of this manual.

    A Z restriction will be placed on the license when the motorcycleused to take the drive test has 125 cubic centimeters or less or when amotor scooter or 3 wheeled motorcycle is used during the drive test.Other restrictions as determined by Driver Licensing Staff may also be

    placed on the license.The written motorcycle test (if required) must be passed before the

    motorcycle skills test is administered. Please check the DMV website orcontact your local Driver Licensing Ofce to nd out when motorcycleskills tests are administered and if an appointment is needed.

    Motorcycle skills testing will not be administered during inclementweather or if Driver Licensing Staff determine the safety of the rideror examiner is at risk.NOTE: A moped is dened as a bicycle with fully operative pedalsfor propulsion by human power, an automatic transmission and amotor not exceeding 50 ccs that produces no more than two brakehorsepower at a maximum design speed of no more than 30 miles perhour. A Class O (car) license is required to operate a moped on publicroadways.

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    MOTORCYCLE LAWS

    A motorcycle as dened by Nebraska law is a motor vehicle having

    a seat or saddle for the use of the driver and designed to travel on notmore than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding atractor.

    All motorcycles and moped operators and passengersare required to wear a protective helmet that has beenmanufactured to meet the standards of the U.S. Departmentof Transportation. Anyone in violation of the helmet law willbe guilty of a trafc infraction and ned fty dollars. (For moreinformation on approved helmets, contact the Department ofMotor Vehicles.)

    A list of protective helmets that comply with 218 FederalMotor Vehicle Safety Standard can be found by accessingthe following website: http://www.dor.state.ne.us/nohs/pdf/ mchelmetlist06.pdf

    Any person who operates a motorcycle shall ride only upon apermanent and regular seat, and shall not carry any passengerunless it is designed to carry more than one person.

    Any person shall ride upon a motorcycle only while sittingastride the seat, facing forward.

    No person shall operate a motorcycle while carrying anypackage, bundle, or other article which prevents him or her

    from keeping both hands on the handlebars. No operator shall carry any person in a position that will

    interfere with the operation or control of the motorcycle orthe vision of the operator.

    The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass inthe same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.

    No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of trafcor between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.

    No person who rides upon a motorcycle shall attach himself orthe motorcycle to any other vehicle on a roadway.

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    Any motorcycle which carries a passenger, other than in a sidecar or enclosed cab, shall be equipped with footrests for thepassenger.

    No person shall operate any motorcycle with handlebarsmore than fteen inches above the mounting point of thehandlebars.

    LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

    MOTORCYCLE LICENSE, PERMIT OR ENDORSEMENT It is unlawfulto operate a motorcycle on public roadways without a motorcyclelicense, motorcycle permit or motorcycle endorsement. Applicationand testing requirements are outlined in the Nebraska Drivers Manual.

    LICENSE PLATES It is unlawful to operate a motorcycle without itbeing appropriately registered. A motorcycle must be licensed by thestate. License plates and registrations are obtained from the countytreasurer on proof of ownership, proof of insurance and payment ofa fee.

    LIGHTS Every motorcycle shall be equipped with at least one andnot more than two head lamps and with a lamp on the rear exhibitinga visible red light, from a distance of at least ve hundred feet fromthe rear.

    It is recommended that a motorcycle head lamp or lamps be on at alltimes when operating a motorcycle on public roadways.

    BRAKES There must be a brake on at least one wheel, and it mustbe maintained in good working order at all times.

    HORN This should be securely mounted and audible for a distanceof 200 feet.

    ACCIDENTS Involvement in an accident on a motorcycle in whichthere is injury or death or damage exceeding $1000.00 requires thesubmission of a report to the State within ten days.

    HIGHWAY USE No motorcycles, motor-bikes, and motor scootershaving engines of less than 45 cubic centimeters displacement orwhich have a total wheel and tire diameter of less than 14 inches maybe lawfully registered or operated on a public roadway.

    It is unlawful to operate motorcycles, motor-bikes, and motor scooterswith an engine horsepower rating of 10 or less on the InterstateHighway System.

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    CONTENTS 3

    THE RIDER ANDTHE MOTORCYCLE ...........................4

    PREPARING TO RIDEWear the Right Gear ............................5

    Know Your Motorcycle ........................7

    Know Your Responsibilities ...............10

    RIDE WITHIN YOUR ABILITIESBasic Vehicle Control ..........................11

    Keeping Your Distance .......................15

    SEE .......................................................20

    Intersections .......................................21

    Increasing Conspicuity .......................24

    Crash Avoidance .................................27

    Handling Dangerous Surfaces ...........30

    Mechanical Problems .........................33

    Animals ...............................................34

    Flying Objects .....................................35

    Getting Off the Road .........................35

    Carrying Passengersand Cargo .......................................35

    Group Riding .......................................38

    BEING IN SHAPE TO RIDEWhy This Information Is

    Important .......................................42

    Alcohol and Other Drugs inMotorcycle Operation ....................42

    Alcohol in the Body ............................42

    Alcohol and the Law ..........................44

    Minimize the Risks .............................44

    Step in to Protect Friends ..................45

    Fatigue ................................................45

    EARNING YOUR LICENSE..............46

    THREE-WHEEL SUPPLEMENTSupplementary Information

    for Three-Wheel Motorcycles .........48

    Know Your Vehicle ..............................48

    Basic Vehicle Control ...........................50

    Carrying Passengers and Cargo ..........53

    HAND SIGNALS .......................... 54

    T-CLOCS PRE-RIDE CHECKLIST....56

    NEBRASKA MOTORCYCLESAFETY ..................................................57

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    4 THE RIDER AND THE MOTORCYCLE

    Motorcycling is aunique experience.Compared to a car,

    you dont sit in amotorcycle, youbecome part of it.Not as a passivedriver, but as anactive rider arcinginto a string ofsmooth corners,playing along with

    the rhythm of theroad; shifting,accelerating,and brakingwith precision.Whether youride to and fromwork or preferthe camaraderie of a group ride on the

    weekend, motorcycling engages all yoursenses and creates an invigorating senseof freedom.

    Along with that freedom come