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Motorcycle Manual in Wyoming
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In the minds of many, the lonely stretches of desert highway outside Flaming Gorge, and the winding mountain roads and picture-perfect settings Wyoming is famous for like Yellowstone and the Teton range, only equate to one thing: motorcycles. Hopping in the saddle bedecked like a leather ninja and spending a day alone or in a pack enjoying the unspoiled sites is just about the closest thing to heaven on earth for the two-wheeled aficionado.
Whether on a Harley or sporty speed rocket, the autonomy provided by motorcycle is second to none, but it also comes with exceptional responsibility.
First-time riders become wide-eyed quickly when they realize exactly how different a motorbike is from a regular vehicle. Crazy gears and body leans, handbrakes and heavy gear. The differences can be overwhelming, and nothing spells "hurt" more than a motorcycle crash.
Unfortunately, beginning riders crash at a rate that towers above a skilled rider. That is why it is extremely important to gather the road wisdom and saddle savvy necessary to maneuver a motorcycle at the highest levels of safety and with confidence.
Luckily, the Wyoming Department of Transportation's (WYDOT) Driver Services Program publishes a Motorcycle Operator Manual
that dissects these important skills. The manual is available online using the free Adobe Reader.
The book discusses general and motorcycle-specific rules of the road; proper gear selection; mechanical inspection and issues; emergency procedures; defensive-riding techniques; and the all-important crash avoidance.
One thing is for certain: riding a motorcycle is an ever-evolving talent, requiring excellent perception and dexterity. Hence, WYDOT offers Novice Rider and Experienced Rider Safety Education courses.
Courses are seasonal, running from April through mid-October, and cost around $50 for residents and $150 for non-residents.
For more information, contact WYDOT at (888) 570-9904 or 777-4874 (within Cheyenne), or find the details outlined in our Motorcycle License section.Local Motorcycle Safety Course