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Montana Motorcycle Handbook 2024

Driver's Manual

To make studying easier, the handbook is available in multiple languages and comes with an audio version. Get interactive support with our AI assistant to clarify any complex terms.

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Montana Motorcycle Manual Online 2024

Unlike other states, Montana’s Motor Vehicle Division doesn’t offer a separate Motorcycle Operators Manual for learners.

However, the state does provide a 42-page Montana Motorcycle Supplement which is an essential resource for novice and experienced riders alike.

Montana Motorcycle Endorsements

The Motorcycle Supplement discusses the legal requirements for operating a motorcycle in the state of Montana. A Motorcycle Endorsement on a valid Montana Driver License is required for the operation of a motorcycle, motor scooter or any other motor-driven cycle on a public roadway or highway in the state. In order to obtain a Motorcycle Endorsement, you must:

  • Be at least sixteen years of age. Applicants who are fifteen years old must have passed an approved driver’s education course.
  • Have a valid Montana Driver License.
  • Successfully complete the motorcycle knowledge and skills test.
  • Pay the fee of $0.50/year.

Motorcycle Learner License

After passing the knowledge test, you will receive a Motorcycle Learner License. This will allow you to operate your vehicle under immediate supervision of a responsible licensed driver. This Learner License is valid for a year. With this license, you can prepare for the full examination, which consists of the following parts:

  1. Driving record review
  2. Physical aptitude review
  3. Vision test
  4. Knowledge test
  5. Skills test

The Knowledge Test

The knowledge test covers material that is in the Montana Motorcycle Supplement. Note that this test is difficult! It’s meant to be a comprehensive exam of all the knowledge required to safely and responsibly operate a motorcycle in traffic. It’s also because there are so many motorcycle-related accidents, many of which involve new and inexperienced riders.

The MT Motorcycle Supplement

The supplement is an essential study resource if you’re a prospective motorcyclist. It contains the following parts:

-- Preparing to ride:

  • Wearing the right gear
  • Getting familiar with the motorcycle
  • Motorcyclists’ responsibilities

-- Riding within your abilities:

  • Basic vehicle control
  • Operating a motorcycle in traffic
  • Crash avoidance
  • Intersections
  • Increasing conspicuity
  • Handling dangerous surfaces
  • Mechanical problems
  • Animals
  • Flying objects
  • Getting off the road
  • Carrying passengers and cargo
  • Riding with a group

-- Being in shape to ride:

  • Influence of alcohol and other drugs
  • Alcohol and the law

-- Earning your license;

-- Three-wheeled vehicles:

  • Familiarity with three-wheeled vehicles
  • Basic vehicle control
  • Carrying passengers and cargo

After careful study of the Montana Motorcycle Guide, you should be aware of the skills and techniques necessary to be a safe, responsible rider on the road. Good luck on the test!