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Motorcycle License Skill Testing
Motorcycle License Skill Testing n Standard motorcycles generally pose no problem for license skill testing
Motorcycle License Skill Testing n The most commonly used license skill tests include: Alternate Motorcycle Operator Skill Test (Alt-MOST) u State created licensing skill test u Motorcyclist In-traffic Test (MIT) u u Motorcycle Licensing Skill Test (MLST)
Motorcycle License Skill Testing n Most off-road tests have been modified to accommodate sidecars and
Unique Motorcycles n Can you administer a motorcycle licensing skill test if the applicant has one of these? Cam AM Spyder
Unique Motorcycles n How about this vehicle? Piaggio MP 3
Rider Skill Test n n n The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) introduced the Rider Skill Test for Motorcycles (RST-2 W and -3 W) in 2008 The RST was designed to accommodate both 2 wheeled and 3 wheeled motorcycles Same skill exercises, but can be modified quickly to accommodate sidecars, trikes, the Spyder and the MP 3
Rider Skill Test n The RST will not accommodate: Automotive hybrids or conversions u Vehicles with automotive controls or seating u Vehicles with front or rear mounted engines u Vehicles with enclosed riding compartments u Any other radical departure from a motorcycle You must also consider wheelbase in addition to engine size on some exercises u n
Unique Motorcycles n Is this a motorcycle? Can you test this vehicle?
Unique Motorcycles n How about this “trike” with four wheels?
Unique Motorcycles n n n The retractable, non-retractable outriggers and the “ 4 wheel” trike kits may be consider accessories Most are bolt on accessories and some manufactures claim the two extra wheels are removable so you can have a two wheeled motorcycle Others can be adjusted for limited contact with the ground
Unique Motorcycles n Can they be titled and registered? u Certificate of Origin – Motorcycle? u Bolt on accessories § Not on Certificate of Origin, Title or registration § Probably will be done after the vehicle is registered
Unique Motorcycles n What test would you use for this vehicle?
Unique Motorcycles n A motorcycle with a V 8 engine and long wheel base
Unique Motorcycles n A T-Rex
Accommodating Unique Motorcycles n Understand communicate your state’s definition of a motorcycle NHTSA uses the definitions that are found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): Title 49 CFR Part 571. 3(b) u “Motorcycle means a motor vehicle with motive power having a seat or saddle for use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground. ” u
Accommodating Unique Motorcycles n Do some research Check the specifications for these unique motorcycles (wheelbase, width and number of wheels on the ground) u Accessories or not accessories u n Publicize what your motorcycle licensing test includes and what it will not accommodate
Accommodating Unique Motorcycles n n Identify a process individuals may use to determine if their vehicle can be used on your test If you must modify your skill test, try to evaluate the same skill sets that are evaluated in your standard test and keep the modifications uniform and consistent You may want to consider an In-Traffic test as an alternative Use license restrictions
Wheel Bases and Width Motorcycle Wheel Base inches Width inches Harley Davidson –Ultra 63. 5 Harley Davidson Tri Glide 66. 6 Honda Gold Wing 66. 5 Boss Hoss (2 wheel) 80. 0 Boss Hoss Trike 81. 5 57 Can-Am Spyder 67. 2 54. 5 T-Rex 90. 0 78 Piaggo MP 3 61. 0 30. 5 57
Possible “Best Practice” n Paint hash marks in your test staging area that allows the examiner and the applicant to determine wheelbase and width of the test vehicle and the test they will complete Maximum wheelbase u Maximum width u
Maryland’s Experience Maryland’s motorcycle definition is based on NHTSA’s n To date, we have tested: n Can-Am Spyder u Piaggio MP 3 u Motorcycles with fixed and retractable outriggers u Boss Hoss – 2 wheels, no trikes u T-Rex u