Wisconsin Motorcycle Manual Online 2016



The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is especially aware of the growing popularity of motorcycling on state roadways and highways.

However, along with the enjoyment of two-wheel travel come potential hazards. Unfortunately, crash statistics are increasing. Every year, over 2000 motorcyclists are injured on Wisconsin roads. The majority of those involved in crashes are aged 16 to 24. According to DOT studies, the most frequent circumstances for crashes are as follows:

  1. Failure to control the motorcycle
  2. Speed too fast for the traffic/road conditions
  3. Driver’s condition (e.g. driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, fatigue)
  4. Inattentive driving
  5. Exceeding speed limit

That’s why it’s especially important that beginners learn all the critical skills before getting on the road.

Motorcyclists’ Handbook

Along with taking a motorcycle rider course and frequent practice, close study of the Wisconsin Motorcyclists’ Handbook can help reduce your risks on the road. The WI manual teaches safe riding techniques. Plus, it contains all the information you’ll need to know in order to pass the motorcycle knowledge test with flying colors. It’s made up of the following key sections:

  • Wisconsin licensing information
  • Preparing to ride
  • Motorcycle control (e.g. lane positioning, intersections, keeping your distance, maneuvering, passing and being passed)
  • Avoiding crashes
  • Dealing with mechanical problems
  • Carrying passengers and cargo
  • Increasing conspicuity
  • SEE (search, evaluate, execute)
  • Riding with a group
  • Animals on the road
  • Handling hazards (e.g. dangerous surfaces, obstacles)
  • Being in shape to ride (e.g. drugs, alcohol, fatigue)
  • Motorcycle knowledge test
  • Motorcycle skills test
  • Point reduction
  • Schedules
  • Motorcycle rider courses

DOT Rider Course

The Department of Transportation offers learners a great rider course. It’s highly recommended and in some cases, even required when applying for your motorcycle license. In fact, taking the basic rider course (Motorcycle Rider Course: Riding and Street Skills) can help you get your skills test waived. The course is held off-street and out of traffic. Motorcycles and helmets are provided with the cost of the course.

Getting the Class M in Four Steps

The Class M license for legal motorcycle operation in the state of Wisconsin is attainable, as long as you’re committed and determined. It’s just a matter of following the four easy steps:

  1. Get the motorcycle instruction permit
  2. Practice riding a motorcycle in controlled conditions
  3. Take the motorcycle skills test
  4. Obtain your Class M license

Good luck and we’ll see you soon on the road!

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