Motorcycle Driver’s Handbook


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About this manual

This manual incorporates the newest advances in motorcycling and is designed for novices and experienced drivers alike.

It will provide you with the information, knowledge and skills you’ll need to be a safe and knowledgeable rider. You should also have a copy of the Saskatchewan Driver’s Handbook – A guide to safe driving, and be completely familiar with the information contained in it.

In Saskatchewan, you are required to have an Endorsement M on Class 1- 5 driver’s licences to drive a motorcycle on public roads, streets and highways. A 6 Endorsement permits you to drive as a learner. SGI has a Motorcycle Graduated Driver Licensing (MGDL) program for all new riders which permits you to drive on public roads under certain restrictions.

This manual contains complete information on preparing to ride your bike, covering such areas as proper gear, helmet regulations and knowing your motorcycle.

Most collisions involving motorcycles are due to lack of experience. It takes a lot of practice and experience to ride a bike well. You must know where to ride in your lane, how to react to other drivers’ mistakes, how to see like an expert and be seen by other motorists, and how to handle dangerous surfaces and emergencies.

To ride well, you must be in good physical and mental condition because handling a motorcycle demands more concentration and is more tiring than driving a car.

Impaired driving is a serious problem. Alcohol and drugs seriously affect your mind and body. Regardless of whether the motorcyclist is impaired, or the driver of another vehicle is impaired, motorcyclists are at great risk of bodily injury, disability or death should they be involved in a crash.

All motorcycle operators in the Motorcycle Graduated Driver Licensing (MGDL) program, regardless of their age, are prohibited from being impaired by any amount of alcohol (zero Blood Alcohol Content [BAC]) or drugs while operating a motorcycle. Any motorcycle operator or rider under 19 years of age is prohibited from being impaired by any amount of alcohol (zero BAC) or drugs.

Carrying passengers or cargo is more demanding than riding a bike alone. This manual explains what to watch for when there are two on a bike.

The skills and procedures discussed in this handbook, together with learning experiences on your motorcycle, can help you meet the challenges of operating on our streets and highways. What you learn will add to the pleasure of driving your bike.

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Rev: 2015