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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. Motorcycles handle better on surfaces with good traction. Surfaces that provide poor traction include:
steel plates.
lane markings, steel plates and manhole covers.
mud, snow, and ice.
All of the above.
2. While riding a motorcycle, you are considered legally intoxicated if:
you have had at least one drink.
you have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more.
you have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05% or more.
you had one drink and are over the age of 21.
3. When you ride a motorcycle, you mainly use your arms for:
holding yourself up.
hand signals.
applying the brakes.
4. To stop as quickly and as safely as possible in a curve, try to:
lean as much as possible.
grab the front brake.
get the motorcycle as perpendicular to the road as possible.
increase your speed through the curve.
5. To keep other vehicles from sharing your lane:
sound your horn.
flash your brake light.
change lanes often.
ride closer to the center portion of the lane.
6. Because operation of a motorcycle is more tiring than the operation of a car, you should:
keep riding even if you are tired.
take frequent breaks.
eat foods high in carbohydrate.
avoid drinking water.
7. You should ride in a staggered formation:
when riding with a group of motorcyclists.
only in an emergency.
when you are carrying loads.
when your throttle is stuck.
8. When you ride with passengers, you should:
ride a little slower.
increase your following distance.
start slowing earlier as you approach a stop.
All the other answers are correct.
9. If a tire goes flat while riding, and you must brake, you should:
apply the brake of the flat tire.
rise slightly off the seat.
apply both brakes evenly.
gradually apply the brake of the tire that is not flat.
10. When riding at night, you should:
follow the car in front of you closely.
allow more distance to pass and be passed.
increase your speed to maximize the space cushion around you.
never use your high beam.
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DC DMV Motorcycle Test

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:20
Passing score:80%
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