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Safe riding requires knowledge and skill. To earn your motorcycle license in District of Columbia, you must pass both a knowledge test and an on-cycle skill test. The knowledge test includes questions on driving laws, rules of the road and safe riding practices, as well as information specific to two-wheeled vehicles. Knowledge test questions are based on information and ideas from the District of Columbia Motorcycle Operator Manual. The test consists of 25 questions, and a passing score consists of at least 20 correct answers (80%).
1. While making normal turns, the rider and the motorcycle must:
lean at different angles.
lean together at the same angle.
not lean at all.
None of the above.
2. Eye protection:
is only needed when riding in bad weather.
should give a clear view to either side.
is only needed if your motorcycle is not equipped with a windshield.
None of the other answers is correct.
3. When riding with a passenger:
you are not allowed carry cargo.
your stopping distance will decrease.
you are not permitted to pass other vehicles.
your motorcycle will take longer to stop.
4. When parking at the roadside, you should park:
at an angle with your front tire touching the curb.
on the curb.
at an angle with your rear wheel touching the curb.
with both wheels touching the curb.
5. When you carry loads, you should:
All the other answers are correct.
fasten the load securely.
distribute the load evenly.
stop and check the load every so often.
6. Which of the following provide(s) the best traction for motorcycles?
Warm pavement
Gravel roads
Wet pavement
7. Drivers on an entrance ramp may not see you on the highway. What should you do?
Give them plenty of room.
If there is no room for a lane change, adjust speed to open up space for the merging driver.
Change to another lane if one is open.
All of the above.
8. You ride safely on slippery surfaces by:
maintaining or increasing your speed.
holding in the clutch.
avoiding sudden moves.
leaning back.
9. To stop as quickly and as safely as possible in a curve, try to:
grab the front brake.
lean as much as possible.
get the motorcycle as perpendicular to the road as possible.
increase your speed through the curve.
10. When riding a motorcycle, keep your feet:
so that they skim along the surface of the roadside.
firmly on the footrests.
as far forward as possible.
with your toes pointing downward.
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Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:20
Passing score:80%
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