Motorcycle Manual in Hawaii
One of the best ways to journey around the islands is on the seat of a motorcycle. While the pervasive beach culture and the enormous price of gas brings out more mopeds and scooters, you will still see (or hear) your share of Harleys and sport bikes cruising around town.
If you are itching to join the motorcycle experience, you will need to have either a Class 1 or Class 2 license.
Regardless of your engine preference, though, if you intend to own and operate a motorcycle, scooter, or moped, you will need to have the appropriate license. This entails passing a battery of tests including a closed-course, on-bike skills test and a written exam.
The best place to start your studies is by heading to a local driver's license office (see below) and picking up a copy of the Motorcycle Operator Manual. The handy reference guide is also available for download online in PDF format.
You'll find the following subjects discussed in the manual:
- State laws related to licensing
- Overview of the examination process
- Equipment requirements
- Guide to insurance laws
- Summary of the state's Motorcycle Safety Education Program
- Forms to sign up for the available programs
- Synopsis of basic vehicle control
- Crash avoidance
- Mechanical issues
- Maneuvering on dangerous surfaces
- Alcohol and its effects on operating a motorcycle
- Carrying cargo and passengers
Although the Motorcycle Operator Manual touches upon mopeds to a small degree, the state also has a guide devoted solely to mopeds. If Hawaii had a state vehicle, the moped would most likely qualify as the best choice. Although they are not clogging the roads to the extent where they are omnipresent, like in many European cities, you will not go very far without seeing one putting along.
Follow these links to find out where you can pick up a printed copy of the Motorcycle Operator Manual:Local Motorcycle Safety Course
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