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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. The front brake is operated by ________________ .
the left hand lever
the right foot pedal
the left foot pedal
the right hand lever
2. You should start the motorcycle with:
your elbows locked.
your hands above your elbows.
your right wrist flat.
your right wrist low.
3. To ride safely on slippery surfaces, you should:
Avoid sudden moves.
Twist the throttle back and forth.
Gradually increase your speed.
Lean in the opposite direction of the motorcycle during turns.
4. Turning to take railroad tracks at a 90-degree angle can be more dangerous because:
All the other answers are correct.
your path may carry you into another lane of traffic.
it may cause a motorcycle to weave.
could catch your tires and throw you off balance.
5. If you encounter a large surface so slippery that you must coast:
consider letting your feet skim along the surface.
gradually increase your speed.
warn other drivers that you will make a sudden move.
sit as far back as possible.
6. Stopping distance is:
the sum of reflex distance, preparation distance and braking distance.
perception distance minus reaction distance.
the sum of yielding distance and braking distance.
the total minimum distance a vehicle has traveled until the driver can bring it to a complete stop.
7. When preparing to pass, you can increase your line of sight by:
riding in the left lane position
reducing your speed.
swerving from side to side.
staying in the center lane position.
8. Drivers often fail to see a motorcycle headed toward them. Why?
All the other answers are correct.
It is hard to judge how far away a motorcycle is.
It is difficult to judge a motorcycle's speed.
Motorcycles are hard to see.
9. Remind your passenger to tighten his or her hold when you:
All the other answers are correct.
are about to start from a stop.
approach surface hazards.
are about to turn sharply.
10. Motorcycle riders can improve their riding strategy by using the "SIPDE" process. SIPDE stands for:
Scan, identify, proceed, direct, execute
Scan, identify, predict, decide, execute
See, identify, process, detect, execute
See, identify, predict, decide, examine
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DC Motorcycle Test

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