Motorcycle Manual in New Mexico
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As popular as motorcycle riding is in New Mexico, you would think it would deserve its own instructional manual. That's still not the case, but all the information you need to comprehend the rules of the road on two wheels is in the back of the regular New Mexico Driver Manual.
The chapter on motorcycles gives detailed insight on handling and maneuvering a bike in just about every situation. Topics include lane usage, using mirrors, passing, riding next to cars, braking, riding at night, and managing a wobble.
The manual is also available in Spanish.
There is an age-old debate about protecting the noggin with a helmet, and it doesn't just apply to motorcycles. You will find people in heated contests on the ski slopes, where more people are donning helmets. There are arguments out on the bicycle trails. You will find discussions on the subject just about anywhere else there is an activity that involves speed and the possibility of dire consequences to the thinking cap if you crash.
Motorcyclists have the same helmet battles. Probably not many think it's cool to be on a Harley bedecked in a helmet. A bandana, sure, but who wants to wear a heavy, hot, uncomfortable helmet when you are cruising the roads carving through the Jemez Mountains?
Many riders complain that they lose peripheral vision and the ability to hear traffic noise. Others simply prefer having the option to decide for themselves rather than having someone telling them they must wear one. And in New Mexico, no one will force you to wear a helmet if you are over 18 years old. However, those under 18 are required to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle.
Having said that, it is recommended that everyone strap on a helmet. They do exist for a reason, and there is an encyclopedia of studies proving they prevent death or disability in the event of a motorcycle crash.Local Motorcycle Safety Course
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