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    Because operating a motorcycle is different than operating a motor

    vehicle, the Motorcycle Operator Manual was produced.

    The manual is an important tool for the inexperienced rider to gain the

    information necessary to operate a motorcycle safely in trafc. Even the

    experienced rider can nd something new in this manual.

    Education and public awareness are the keys to reducing the number

    of motorcyclists killed and injured on our highways. The Motorcycle

    Ohio (MO) program, offered by the Ohio Department of Public

    Safety, provides motorcycle safety courses for riders, as well as publicinformation campaigns. Information on the course is included in this

    manual or you can email the Motorcycle Ohio ofce at Mogen@dps.ohio.

    gov. Research comparing MO graduates and untrained motorcyclists

    has found that course graduates involved in crashes are more likely to

    be helmeted, insured and unimpaired.

    The motorcycle crash problem is complex. A variety of countermeasures

    have been implemented over the past several years to effectively reducethe number of fatalities and injuries associated with motorcycle crashes

    in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Public Safety is making every effort

    possible to provide the programs and education to reduce the tragedies

    suffered on our roadways by motorcyclists.

    Reading this manual and gaining the knowledge required to operate

    a motorcycle safely will add to the enjoyment you experience as a

    motorcycle rider.

    To schedule a road test, visit www.ohiodrivingtest.com.r Ohio,

    PREFACE

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    CONTENTS

    How to Obtain a Temporary Motorcycle Learners Permit............................................... i

    How To Obtain a Motorcycle License or Endorsement ................................................... ii

    Earning Your License ....................................................................................................... iii

    Knowledge Test ............................................................................................... iii

    On-Cycle Skill Test .......................................................................................... iv Did You Know................................................................................................. iv

    Rider Skill Test-2 Wheel ....................................................................................................v

    Rider Skill Test-3 Wheel .................................................................................................. vi

    Ohio Driver License Exam Stations..........................................................................vii - x

    Motorcycle Ohio (MO) Program..................................................................................... xi

    Interested in Becoming a MO Instructor ........................................................................ xii

    MOs Instructor Preparation.......................................................................................... xiii

    THE RIDER AND THE MOTORCYCLE

    The Rider and The Motorcycle ..........................................................................................1

    Riding Environment ...........................................................................................................1

    PREPARING TO RIDE

    Wear The Right Gear .....................................................................................................2

    Helmet Use.........................................................................................................................2

    Helmet Selection ...............................................................................................................2

    Eye and Face Protection.....................................................................................................3

    Clothing..............................................................................................................................3

    Know Your Motorcycle ...................................................................................................4

    The Right Motorcycle for You ......................................................................................4

    Borrowing and Lending .................................................................................................5

    Get Familiar with the Motorcycle Controls ..................................................................5

    Check Your Motorcycle .................................................................................................6

    Know Your Responsibilities ............................................................................................7

    RIDE WITHIN YOUR ABILITIES

    Basic Vehicle Control .......................................................................................................8

    Body Position ................................................................................................................8

    Shifting Gears .................................................................................................................8

    Braking ...........................................................................................................................9

    Breaking in a Corner ....................................................................................................10

    Linked and Integrated Braking Systems ......................................................................10

    Anti-Lock braking Systems (ABS) ..............................................................................10

    Turning ........................................................................................................................11Keeping Your Distance .................................................................................................12

    Lane Positions .............................................................................................................12

    Following Another Vehicle ..........................................................................................13

    Being Followed ...........................................................................................................14

    Passing and Being Passed ............................................................................................14

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    Lane Sharing ................................................................................................................15 Merging Cars ................................................................................................. 16 Cars Alongside .............................................................................................................16

    See (search, evaluate, execute) .....................................................................................17

    Intersections....................................................................................................................18

    Blind Intersections ........................................................................................................20 Passing Parked Cars .....................................................................................................20

    Parking at the Roadside ................................................................................................21

    Increasing Conspicuity ..................................................................................................21

    Clothing ........................................................................................................................21

    Headlights .....................................................................................................................21

    Signals ..........................................................................................................................22

    Brake Light ...................................................................................................................22

    Using Your Mirrors.......................................................................................................22

    Head Checks .................................................................................................................23 Horn ..............................................................................................................................23

    Riding at Night .............................................................................................................24

    Crash Avoidance ............................................................................................................24

    Quick Stops .................................................................................................................24

    Stopping Quickly in a Curve ........................................................................................25

    Swerving or Turning Quickly .......................................................................................25

    Maximum Straight-Line Braking .....................................