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Motorcycle Manual: Introduction

A message from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Motorcycling is a popular choice for economical and convenient travel. More than 241,000 New Yorkers use motorcycles for commuting, touring and recreational activities.

 The New York State Motorcycle Safety Program is dedicated to improving motorcycle safety. We recognize the need to promote rider education and motorcycle awareness for all motorists. Through education and greater public awareness, motorcycling can be a safe and enjoyable activity.  This manual will help to make your motorcycle traveling safer.  I urge you to read it carefully and to follow its good advice: keep your motorcycle in good condition, wear a helmet and protective clothing, drive defensively, always obey the rules of the road and never drink and drive.


A message from Commissioner Barbara J. Fiala

The chances of being involved and seriously injured in a traffic crash are greater riding a motorcycle than driving a car. The purpose of this manual is to educate the reader to help avoid crashes while safely operating a motorcycle. This manual contains what you need to know to pass the motorcycle knowledge test and shows safe riding techniques. Since you must share the road with many types of vehicles, your written test will be based on this manual and the Driver's Manual. Studying the manuals, taking a motorcycle rider course and practicing your riding skills can reduce your risk and increase your safety.

Drive alert and enjoy the ride.


Contact Information:

NYS Department of Motor Vehicles Motorcycle Safety Program
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 335
Albany, New York 12228