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Contents

1

Licensing
and Learning 

2

Preparing to Ride

8

Before you ride

14 

Protecting your head

8

Taking a class 6 knowledge test

16

Dressing for safety and the weather

8

Taking a motorcycle rider training course

18 

Responsible riding

8

Practice your riding

 18

Cell phones and other distractions

9

Taking a class 6 road test

 

10

Conditions for riders with a class 6 licence who are still in  the GDL program

 

11

Rider requirements

 

12

Motorcycle, Moped, and Power Bicycle Defined

 

 

 

3

Knowing Your
Motorcycle

4

The Basics of Safe
Operation and Riding

 20

Choosing the right motorcycle

 24

Riding position

 20

Be familiar with the motorcycle controls and gauges

 24

Starting

 20

Motorcycle pre-trip inspection

 25

Signalling

 22

Yearly maintenance

 25

Manual (standard) transmissions

 

 26

Selecting and changing gears

 

 28

Parking

 

 28

Tires and Traction

 

 29

Braking and stopping

 30

Stopping time and distance

 30

Turns and corners

30

Curves

31 Skids

 

5

Managing Risk
in Traffic

6

Riding in Challenging
Conditions

 34

Be proactive when riding

 42

Conditions of less light and reduced visibility

 34

Blind spots

 43

Poor weather and temperature extremes

34

Managing the spacearound you and being see

43

Road surface hazards that affecttraction

36

Choosing a lane and lane position

 

 

37

Changing lanes

 

38

Intersections

 

39

Passing

 

7

Handling Riding
Emergencies

8

Carrying a Passenger
or Cargo

 46

Emergency braking and stopping

 52

Riding with a passenger

 46

Obstacles

 53

Carrying cargo

 47

Mechanical problems 

 54

Towing a trailer

 47

Wobble 

 54

Three-wheeled motorcycles

 48

Tire blowouts 

 55

Riding with a sidecar 

49

Airborne objects

 

49

Animals

 

 

 

 

9

Riding in
a Group

 

Appendix 1

58

Group riding safety

63

Traffic Safety Act, Vehicle Equipment Regulation 61 (1-4) Mufflers

59

Two lane highway

 

60

Multi-lane highway with two lanes in same direction

 

61

Multi-lanehighway with three or more lanes in the same direction 

 

61

Single file formation

 

 

 

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