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    The Tennessee Department of Safety (DOS) provides a special manual by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) for motorcyclists. For your convenience, it's available for download in PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Reader software to download and read PDF files.

    You can also pick up a copy of the manual at any driver license station.

    The Motorcycle Manual covers a wealth of information. Below is an outline of the main areas for quick reference.

    License Requirements

    • Motorcycle only (Class M)
    • Motorcycle-secondary (Class M)
    • Motor-drive cycle (Class M-limited)
    • Motorized bicycle (no endorsement required)
    • Motorcycle learner's permit (Class P-M)

    Equipment Requirements

    • For the driver (such as helmet and goggles)
    • For the vehicle (such as windshield, headlights/taillights, handlebars, mirrors, footrests, and muffler)
    • Identification requirements
    • Laws and rights regarding the motorcycle

    Preparing to Ride

    • The right gear
    • Knowing the motorcycle
    • Knowing rider responsibilities

    Riding Abilities

    • Vehicle control
    • Interaction with other vehicles (as well as group riding)
    • Dealing with mechanical problems
    • Dealing with driving conditions (including surfaces and objects on the road)

    Rider's Physical Condition

    • Alcohol
    • Drugs
    • Fatigue

    Earning Your License

    • Knowledge test
    • Road test (on the vehicle)

    The manual also highlights the importance of professional training and provides information about the MSF, the services offered, and its contact information.

    For more information, visit our Motorcycle License and Registration sections.

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