Download the official CA DMV motorcycle manual PDF or view online

The state of California has some of the most beautiful and diverse scenery in all the world, and there’s no better way to experience it than from the seat of your motorcycle.  The Golden State features over 1,100 miles of Pacific coastline, arid canyons, winding mountain roads, and some of the most charming cities in the world.  Your choices here are practically limitless.  But before you take to California’s roads and highways you will to get your motorcycle license and that means passing the state required motorcycle written test.

Begin your test preparation now with the material found in the official California Motorcycle Manual .  This handbook will guide you in acquiring the knowledge you need to not only prepare for the exam but to be a safe rider as well.

Preparing With the CA Motorcycle Manual

While the handbook is a great resource, it can’t test your knowledge.  If you really want to know if your ready for the test, we recommend our California motorcycle permit practice test.  When used in tandem with the handbook, you stand a greater chance of passing your license test the first time, saving you time and money.  Start preparing now and before you know it, you’ll be experiencing the freedom of the open road on your own terms.

Topics Covered in the Manual

 The California Motorcycle Manual is published by the California Department of Transportation and it covers the following subjects and more:

  • Complete licensing procedures
  • Pre-ride checklists
  • Riding in groups
  • Avoiding accidents
  • Avoiding animals and road debris
  • Passengers and cargo
  • Making sure other motorists see you
  • Using hand signals
  • Intersecting roads
  • Using your mirrors and head checks
  • Flying objects
  • Safely getting off of the road