Motorcycle Operator Manual

Use this guide to prepare for your 2- and 3-wheel motorcycle knowledge test and riding skills test.

Topics covered in the manual

Washington Motorcycle Safety Program

  • Obtaining your permit or endorsement
  • 2-wheel rider training and education
  • 3-wheel rider education courses
  • Endorsement testing
  • Transferring from out of state

Preparing to ride

  • Create your own safety
  • Helmets
  • Eye protection
  • Protective gear

Riding a 2-wheeled motorcycle

  • Choosing the right bike for you
  • Differences between 2- and 2-wheeled motorcycles
  • Riding posture
  • Braking
  • Carrying passengers and cargo

Riding a 3-wheeled motorcycle

  • Types of 3-wheelers
  • Riding posture
  • Unique handling characteristics
  • Braking
  • Evasive maneuvers

Strategies for the street

  • Being visible
  • Creating time and space to react
  • Roadway management skills
  • Group riding


  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Marijuana
  • Conviction consequences
  • Technology use
  • Peer pressure

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