Motorcycle Handbook 2024

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Missouri Motorcycle Manual Online 2024

Prospective motorcyclists in Missouri know that there are a lot of steps in acquiring the Class M license, which will allow them to legally ride on Missouri roadways and highways.

Not to worry, though, because breaking up the process into stages will make the Class M a more attainable goal.

What’s involved?

In order to get the Class M in Missouri, applicants will need to pass a vision screening, written knowledge exam and on-cycle practical exam. To aid learners, the Missouri Department of Revenue, in collaboration with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), has prepared the Missouri Motorcycle Operator Manual. The Manual is freely available at Missouri DMV offices, as well as a PDF download below.

First Things First

Before setting out on the road, it’s important to familiarize yourself with your motorcycle. While there are many things on the road that can cause trouble, your ride shouldn’t be one of them. The MSF offers a checklist that all riders should consider before starting a trip:

  • Read the motorcycle owner’s manual
  • Make sure you’ve got a motorcycle that’s right for you
  • Get familiar with the motorcycle controls
  • Check your motorcycle before every ride
  • Keep your motorcycle in safe riding condition in between trips
  • Don’t get add-ons or modifications that may make your motorcycle more difficult to handle

A borrowed bike

It’s common for beginners to get involved in motorcycle crashes, and borrowing someone else’s bike only adds to the complication. Before setting off on a borrowed bike, make sure you’re familiar with it before you get on the road. If you lend your bike to a friend, make sure they are licensed to ride and comfortable operating your bike. The MSF recommends the following if you’re going to use an unfamiliar motorcycle:

  • Take all the precautionary checks as you would on your own motorcycle.
  • Find out where everything is especially the turn signals, horn, headlight switch, fuel-supply valve, engine cut-off switch. Make sure you can find and operate them without having to look.
  • Know the gear pattern. Keep in mind that all controls will react a little differently.
  • Ride cautiously, being particularly aware of your surroundings and the road conditions. Gently accelerate, take any turns slowly and leave more room to stop.

Learning from the pros

The MSF offers professional motorcycle training for beginners and more experienced riders. These courses prepare riders for real world traffic situations and ensure that they’ll stay safe on the road.