Make A Turn Signal Switch Cancel On A Motorcycle

Those motorcycle turn signals don’t turn off automatically after you turn.

When you’re riding a motorcycle, visibility is key to safety. When you’re going to turn, you want people to know it. Hand signals are helpful for gaining the attention of other drivers and riders, but you need to know use the turn signals as well. All street-legal motorcycles sold in America have turn signals, so use them. Just as important as turning the turn signal on is canceling (turning off) the turn signal. Motorcycle turn signals, unlike turn signals on other vehicles, don’t automatically cancel after a turn. Communicating your intentions to other drivers and riders is vitally important when you’re riding, and failing to cancel a signal will relay the wrong signal.


1. Before riding on a motorcycle, familiarize yourself with the controls.

2. Determine how the turn signals work. Some motorcycles use the same switch for both the right and left signals–push the switch with your thumb left to signal left turn or push it right to signal right turn–while others have separate switches, one on either side of the handlebars.

3. Use one of three methods to cancel the turn signal: Press the center of the turn signal switch; move the turn signal switch back to the center position; or press the switch a second time to cancel. Know which method to use on the particular bike you’re going to ride before you ride it.