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To earn your motorcycle license in New Mexico, you must pass a knowledge test and an on-cycle skills test. Knowledge test questions are based on information from the New Mexico Motorcycle Operator Manual. They require that you know and understand road rules and safe riding practices. The New Mexico motorcycle test consists of 25 questions. To pass you must correctly answer at least 20 questions (80%).
1. You are approaching a turn and need to change gears. When should you change gears?
After entering the turn
Before entering the turn
At any point before, after, or during the turn
During the turn
2. When it starts to rain:
ride in the center lane position.
always ride in the left lane position.
ride in the tire tracks left by cars.
increase your speed to lessen your chances of skidding.
3. Which of the following is a hazard associated with passing a row of parked cars?
People can step out from between cars.
A driver may pull out in front of you.
A door could be opened into your path.
All of the above.
4. In a staggered formation, the leader rides in the __________ of the lane, while the second rider stays one second behind in the ________ of the lane.
left side; right side
center; right side
right side; left side
left side; center
5. When you are being passed from behind, which lane position should you ride in?
6. Distances are harder to judge at night than in daylight. When you ride at night you should:
All the other answers are correct.
allow more distance to pass and be passed.
use your high beam whenever you are not following or meeting a car.
use another vehicle's tail lights to help judge the road ahead.
7. To keep other vehicles from sharing your lane:
flash your brake light.
ride closer to the center portion of the lane.
change lanes often.
sound your horn.
8. The best lane position to ride in is:
the one where you are most likely to be seen.
the center lane position.
the right lane position.
the left lane position.
9. Which of the following should be checked before each ride?
Clutch and throttle
All of the above.
10. To stop as quickly and as safely as possible in a curve, try to:
lean as much as possible.
grab the front brake.
increase your speed through the curve.
get the motorcycle as perpendicular to the road as possible.
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Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:20
Passing score:80%
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