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The Rider's Handbook


rider's handbook

Motorcyclists have a higher risk of death or serious injury than all other road users.

Motorcyclists are less protected in the event of a crash than other motorists, and those aged 16 – 40 are 36 times more likely to be killed than drivers of other vehicles of the same age.

You can become a safe rider through acquiring the necessary skills and understanding of the road environment, allowing you to always being alert and ride defensively. A major part of this is accepting that the prime responsibility for your own safety on the road is yours.

You need to wear appropriate protective gear and know your own and your machine’s capabilities and limitations.

Our procedures for getting a motorcycle rider’s licence are designed to help you become a safe rider. The Rider’s Handbook, our training programs and the testing procedures are designed to get you confident in the fundamental skills. We trust you will maintain and further develop these skills.

This handbook contains important information about riding techniques, how to cope with hazards and some road rules for motorcyclists. Please read it carefully.

Enjoy your riding, but above all, ride to survive.


If you would like to start riding a motorcycle you must first attend a Rider Safe course.

Rider Safe is a compulsory motorcycle rider training course for all novice motorcyclists. The course teaches the basic and advanced skills necessary for safe riding on roads.

You are advised to complete the basic training course before you purchase a motorcycle. Both helmets and motorcycles of different sizes are available for loan during the basic course to afford an opportunity to determine your riding ability before you decide to purchase your own motorcycle.

The basic course covers classroom and practical (off-road) sessions, which includes straight riding, turning, gear changing and braking, and is accompanied by a competency-based form of assessment, entitling the learner to apply for a learner’s permit (R date).

The advanced course includes a training session (off-road) and a practical assessment, which focuses on competent control of a motorcycle.

This handbook is intended to be a guide for good riding technique and not an interpretation of the law.

For an overview on licences and road rules please refer to “The Driver’s Handbook” or

All people wishing to obtain a motorcycle licence must attend Rider Safe.

Please contact a Service SA customer service centre, or telephone 13 10 84, if you have any further questions.



The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) wishes to thank the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority for their permission to reprint material from the NSW Motorcycle Rider's Handbook.


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