Download the official SD DMV motorcycle manual PDF or view online

They say that the possibilities are endless here in the homeland of the Lakota Sioux, and they can also boast highways and by-ways that can do the same.  You can admire the Black Hills and Badlands National Park in ways you just can’t do in a four-wheel vehicle.  And there is no better way to admire the abundant natural beauty of this state than by taking a tour by motorcycle.  And to do that, you’ll first need to pass the state required written test to receive a motorcycle license.

One of the first things you’ll want to do when you make the decision to ride is acquiring the knowledge you’ll need to ride and return home safely.  And to do this you’ll need a copy of the South Dakota Motorcycle Manual.  This manual will give you a comprehensive overview of the information you need to know to operate a two or three-wheeled vehicle in the state.

Preparing With the SD Motorcycle Manual

The SD Motorcycle Manual is a valuable resource to begin preparing for the test, but at some point, you will need to test your knowledge.   Keep in mind that the manual is only a guide and to give yourself the best possible chance of passing the test the first time you will also need to use additional study material.  We offer South Dakota motorcycle permit practice tests that contain practice questions that cover some of the same topics you will encounter on the real exam.

Together, both the handbook and practice tests provide a solid foundation to prepare for the South Dakota motorcycle permit test.

Topics Covered in the Manual

The South Dakota Motorcycle Manual is a publication of the South Dakota Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and it covers the following topics and more:

  • Procedures to Obtain a License
  • Pre-ride Checklists
  • Tips on proper lane positioning
  • Dangers – hazardous surfaces and night riding
  • Passengers and cargo
  • Safely Riding in Groups
  • Tips on Avoiding Collisions
  • Special Situations
  • Equipment Tips
  • Motorcycle Maintenance Tips