Oregon Motorcycle & Moped Manual 2012 – 2013


Oregon Motorcycle & Moped Manual 2012 – 2013

Parking at the Roadside

Angle your motorcycle to see in both

directions without straining or having the cycle

in the lane of travel. Back the cycle into the

parking spot so you can ride it out into traffic.

Traffic Sensors

Many intersections have an electric sensor,

called a “loop,” which is a wire imbedded

in the road surface to trigger a traffic light.

Sometimes these sensors have trouble

detecting motorcycles. Oregon usually uses

two loop designs; round and diamond. The

sensor is most likely to detect a motorcycle if

the largest portion of the motorcycle, such as Parking at Curbs

the lowest part of the frame, is directly over

the outline of the loop. Do not stop in the middle of the loop as there is a “dead

zone” in the middle. If the loop is not visible in the pavement, position your bike

one-third of the lane width away from the lane line with the front wheel stopped

just before the stop line.

Test Your Knowledge

6. Making eye contact with other drivers:

A. Is a good sign they see you.

B. Is not worth the effort it takes.

C. Doesn’t mean that the driver will yield.

D. Guarantees that the other driver will yield to you.

Answer—page 50

3.6 See and Be Seen

In crashes with motorcyclists, drivers often say that they never saw the

motorcycle. From ahead or behind, a motorcycle’s outline is much smaller than

a car’s. Also, it’s hard to see something you are not looking for, and most drivers

are not looking for motorcycles. More likely, they are looking through the skinny,

two-wheeled silhouette in search of cars that may pose a problem to them.

Even if a driver does see you coming, you aren’t necessarily safe. Smaller

vehicles appear farther away, and seem to be traveling slower than they actually

are. It is common for drivers to pull out in front of motorcyclists, thinking they

have plenty of time. Too often, they are wrong.


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