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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. To help with your balance as you turn the motorcycle:
keep your knees against the gas tank.
slow down before through turn.
drag the rear brake.
shift down through the gears with the clutch.
2. Which of the following provide(s) the best traction for motorcycles?
Gravel roads
Wet pavement
Warm pavement
3. If you take a turn too fast:
other drivers may overreact and brake too hard.
you should keep your arms straight and apply both brakes.
you should shift into a higher hear to improve stability.
you may end up crossing into another lane of traffic.
4. When riding at night, you can increase your safety by:
reducing your speed.
using your high beam headlights.
increasing your following distance.
All of the above.
5. Which of the following is true about carrying cargo on your motorcycle?
Attach the cargo to your gas tank.
Fill saddlebags evenly to prevent drifting.
Use ropes to secure the load.
Never carry cargo on a motorcycle.
6. You may carry a passenger if:
the passenger is wearing protective clothing.
your motorcycle is designed to carry another person.
the passenger has special shoes.
All of the above.
7. While riding your motorcycle, you spot something unavoidable in your path on the road ahead. You should:
All of the other answers are correct.
slow down as much as possible.
line up as much as you can to hit the object straight on.
hold on firmly to the handlebar.
8. To fasten cargo to a motorcycle, use:
a towing trailer
elastic cords
strips of cloth
9. When preparing to enter the roadway from the roadside, you should position your motorcycle:
at an angle.
parallel to the roadside.
with your rear wheel touching the curb.
with the rear wheel locked.
10. If you think that the driver of the car ahead of you does not know that you are behind, you should:
speed up and pass the vehicle as soon as possible.
immediately decrease your following distance.
ride in the center lane position.
slow down and ride in the right lane position.
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NM Motorcycle License Test

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