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1. If operating a three-wheeled motorcycle or riding with a sidecar, do not ride too far to the right of your lane because:
Other drivers may not see you.
You will not be able to pass other vehicles as easily.
Other drivers may try to share your lane.
You may run off the road.

Because a sidecar sits on the right side of a motorcycle, riding too far to the right side of your lane risks the sidecar running off the road. Similarly, on a three-wheeled motorcycle, the rear right wheel may leave the road if you get too close to the right edge.

2. A properly-fitted motorcycle:
Allows the rider to touch the ground with their feet while seated.
Has a seat even with the rider's waist.
Has a seat that is 10 inches above the rider's waist.
Has a seat that is 10 inches below the rider's waist.

If your motorcycle fits you properly, your feet should be able to reach the ground while you are seated. When riding your motorcycle, keep your feet firmly on the footrests.

3. The shortest and safest stops are accomplished:
By using only the rear brake.
By using only the front brake.
By allowing the front tire to lock up.
By using both the front and rear brakes.

The shortest and safest stops are achieved by using both the front and rear brakes in a smooth and progressive manner, without skidding either tire.

4. If you are transporting a passenger, they should:
Lean as you lean.
Hold onto the motorcycle seat.
Sit as far back as possible.
Never hold onto you.

A passenger should lean with the operator through turns and curves. They should sit as far forward as possible, without hindering the operator's control of the motorcycle, and hold onto passenger handholds or the operator's waist, hips, or belt.

5. Slippery surfaces can make it difficult to control a motorcycle. Which of the following would be considered a slippery surface?
Wet pavement
A driveway
Dry pavement
A parking lot

Wet pavement; roads covered in loose gravel or sand; muddy, snowy, or icy areas; painted lane markings; and metal covers and plates in the road can be slippery surfaces. Motorcyclists should ride with extra caution when riding over slippery surfaces.

6. To be effective, an eye or face shield must:
Fasten securely.
Prevent air from passing through.
Not allow for eyeglasses to fit underneath.
Restrict your vision to the sides.

To be effective, an eye or face shield must be free of scratches; be resistant to penetration; allow clear views to both sides; fasten securely; permit air to pass through to prevent fogging; and allow room for eyeglasses or sunglasses, if needed.

7. To increase your visibility, you should:
Turn off your headlight during the day.
Wear dark clothes.
Keep your headlight on at all times.
Ride in the right portion of the lane.

Strategies for making yourself more visible include wearing brightly-colored and reflective clothing, keeping your headlight on at all times, and varying your lane position as conditions demand.

8. Impairment from drinking alcohol occurs:
Well below the legal limit.
Once reaching the legal limit.
Just above the legal limit.
Well above the legal limit.

It is never safe to operate a motorcycle after consuming any amount of alcohol. Impairment of the skills needed to safely ride begins well below the legal limit.

9. A flat front tire is especially hazardous because:
It affects how you steer.
The front tire provides the power for the bike, so you will lose acceleration.
The flat tire will shake the bike, making it hard to use the mirrors.
You won’t be able to use the brake.

A flat front tire is especially dangerous because it affects your ability to steer. If your front tire goes flat while you are riding, safely exit the road as quickly as possible.

10. A simple way to make your motorcycle easier to see is to:
Ride with a large flag attached to its frame.
Ride with the headlight turned on.
Wave at other drivers.
Ride on the shoulder whenever possible.

You can make yourself easier to see by wearing brightly-colored, reflective clothing. Ride with your headlight on at all times and use your turn signals and brake light appropriately.

11. Motorcyclists riding in a group should avoid pairing up because:
A merging driver may not see both riders.
Reflections from both helmets may make it difficult for the riders to see.
Riding in pairs does not allow riders the necessary space to maneuver.
It is too difficult for riders on the left side of a pairing to exit a highway.

When traveling in a group, it is never recommended for motorcyclists to ride in pairs. Neither rider will have adequate room to maneuver to avoid hazards.

12. When should the front brake be used?
Any time the rider is slowing or stopping
Only when slowing or stopping on slippery roads
Only when slowing or stopping in an emergency
Only when slowing or stopping in traffic

A rider should always use both brakes every time they slow or stop.

13. When you ride a motorcycle, you should:
Turn your head and shoulders to look through turns.
Keep your arms straight.
Keep your knees away from the gas tank.
Turn just your head and eyes to look through turns.

When turning, look through the turn to where you want to go by turning only your head. Keep your knees against the gas tank to help maintain your balance while turning. Your arms should be slightly bent any time you are holding the handgrips.

14. When conducting a pre-ride check, be sure that:
The brakes make a loud squeaking noise.
The brakes cause some friction with the steering.
Each brake can hold the motorcycle.
Only the rear brake can hold the motorcycle.

Check your brake levers individually before every ride. Make sure each one feels firm and holds the motorcycle when the brake is fully applied.

15. If you think stopping your motorcycle will take longer than usual, you should:
Lengthen your following distance.
Shorten your following distance.
Leave the road.
Speed up.

Lengthen your following distance when traveling on a slippery surface. If it will take longer than usual for your motorcycle to stop, open up to a longer following distance.

16. When riding at night, you should:
Be flexible about your lane position and adjust to changing conditions.
Travel at a faster speed than usual to get to your destination more quickly.
Always use your low beam headlight to see better.
Decrease your following distance so you can be as close as possible to the vehicle ahead.

Always be flexible about your lane position, especially when riding at night. Be especially careful to employ safe riding strategies when riding under conditions that are less than ideal.

17. When entering a turn, a rider should:
Speed up.
Reduce their speed.
Move their shoulders to match the angle of the turn.
Sit up as high as possible.

Before entering a turn, a motorcyclist should reduce their speed by closing the throttle and, if necessary, applying both brakes.

18. If another driver is following you too closely, it is best to:
Not worry about them.
Change lanes and let them pass.
Speed up.
Get off the roadway.

The best way to deal with a tailgater is to get them in front of you. If you can do so safely, change lanes and let them pass. Increasing your speed may only encourage the driver to tailgate you at a higher speed.

19. Which formation is best for a group of riders entering a curve?

A staggered formation is generally the best way for a group to maintain close ranks while also allowing each rider to maintain an adequate cushion of space. A single-file formation is preferable when taking curves, turning, or entering or exiting a highway.

20. Which of the following should you inspect during a pre-ride check?
The general wear and tread of your tires
The amount of cushion your seat has
The shine of your paint
The wind direction

Before setting off on any ride, you should do a thorough check of your motorcycle. Inspect the tires, oil and fluid levels, headlight, tail light, turn signals, brake light, clutch and throttle, mirrors, brakes, and horn.

21. A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield:
Is not necessary if you have a windshield.
Only protects your eyes.
Protects more than just your eyes.
Does not protect your face as well as goggles.

A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield helps protect your entire face, including your eyes. Goggles can protect your eyes, but not the rest of your face. A windshield is not an adequate substitute for either.

22. If you must ride over an obstacle, you should:
Decrease your speed as much as possible.
Lean the motorcycle to one side.
Speed up, if possible.
Stay on your seat and remove your feet from the footrests.

If you are unable avoid an obstacle and must instead ride over it, slow down and approach the obstacle at as close to a 90-degree angle as possible. Keep your motorcycle straight up and down, if possible. Just before contact, roll off the throttle slightly to lighten the front end of the motorcycle.

23. A wobble, or shaking of the front wheel and handlebars, may be caused by:
Incorrect tire pressure.
Brakes that are not working properly.
A balanced load.
Excessive wind.

Most wobbles are caused by improper loading of the motorcycle, unsuitable accessories, or incorrect tire pressure.

24. A pre-ride inspection usually takes:
A few minutes and should be done no more than once a month.
A few minutes and should be done before every ride.
Over an hour and should be performed by a mechanic.
Over an hour and must only be done if you will be carrying a passenger.

Conduct a thorough pre-ride inspection before every ride. It should usually take only a few minutes.

25. The right clothing:
Protects a rider in a collision.
Makes a rider look cool.
Should be more stylish than protective.
Should be loose-fitting.

Properly chosen clothing will help to protect a rider in the event of a collision. It should be made of sturdy, brightly-colored, and reflective materials. When riding, clothes should fit snugly enough that they do not flap in the wind, but loosely enough that they allow the motorcyclist to move freely.

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