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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. Which of the following is required in order to have a passenger on your motorcycle?
A windshield
Specialized shocks
Footrests for the passenger
Side saddlebags for cargo
2. Because operation of a motorcycle is more tiring than the operation of a car, you should:
eat foods high in carbohydrate.
take frequent breaks.
avoid drinking water.
keep riding even if you are tired.
3. __________ clothing make you more visible to others.
comfortable, dark
bright, reflective
4. You should create more space and minimize harm from hazards by:
adjusting your direction or position.
using your lights or horn.
adjusting your speed.
All of the above.
5. Head checks:
should not be made if you are riding a motorcycle.
should be your normal routine.
are necessary for making turns.
require a special helmet.
6. _______________ is the best way to lessen your chances of being involved in a collision.
Maintaining an adequate space cushion
Using your headlight
Wearing protective clothing
Choosing the right helmet
7. 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.
8. Which of the following should not be done at night?
Adjust your lane position when necessary.
Increase your following distance.
Use your high beam.
Increase your speed.
9. When passing a truck, it is important to:
flash your headlight.
always sound your horn when riding alongside the vehicle.
All the other answers are correct.
avoid slowing down suddenly when you merge back in front of the vehicle.
10. In _______ turns, the rider and the motorcycle should lean together at the same angle.
quick, sharp
slow, tight
All the other answers are correct.
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NM Motorcycle Test

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