Download the official NY DMV motorcycle manual PDF or view online

New York offers motorcycle riders an extremely diverse world to explore, from the beauty of nature in the Adirondacks to the bustling city of New York, to miles of coastline where fresh seafood might beckon you to make a few stops.  But before you can begin to explore all that New York has to offer, you’ll need to get your motorcycle license and that means passing the motorcycle written test.

To help you prepare for the test we’ve included a copy of the official New York Motorcycle Manual .  The handbook is designed to help you to prepare for the motorcycle operator’s license exam by providing critical safety information, rules of the road, and important regulations that are specific to riders.

Preparing With the NY Motorcycle Manual

This valuable resource is a good first step but at some point you will need to test your knowledge of the information found in the handbook.  Start getting immediate feedback with our New York Motorcycle Practice Tests.  Our tests are designed by experts to simulate the real exam.  So why put it off any longer?  Start studying today and before you know it you’ll have your license in hand.

Topics Covered in the Manual

The New York Motorcycle Operator’s Handbook is published by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and covers the following topics.

  • Motorcycle licensing – owning, registering, rules specific to riders, child passengers
  • Getting prepared – correct gear and use, knowledge of your motorcycle, responsibilities and proper checks
  • Knowing your limits – motorcycle control, proper posture, changing gears, proper braking and turning
  • Safe distances – positioning in lanes, passing, sharing lanes, merging
  • At an intersection – blind spots, passing and parking
  • Being seen – appropriate clothes, lights, signalling, mirrors and proper head checking, your horn and riding after dark
  • Avoiding a crash – fast stopping, quick maneuvers, and riding the curve
  • Treacherous roads – uneven, icy, slippery and rugged surfaces
  • Mechanical emergencies – tires, throttle, engine failure, chain and wobbling issues
  • Animals in the road
  • Airborne objects
  • Leaving the road
  • Additional cargo or people
  • Riding in group formation
  • State of mind – effects of alcohol and fatigue, laws and consequences
  • Getting your motorcycle license
  • Safety programs for riders