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To earn your motorcycle license in New York State, you must pass a knowledge test and an on-cycle skills test. The NYS knowledge test questions are based on information from the New York DMV Driver’s Manual and New York DMV Motorcycle Manual. They require that you know and understand road rules, road signs, driving laws and safe riding practices. The New York motorcycle test consists of 20 questions. A score of at least 14 (70%) is required to pass.
1. When riding in a group, beginner riders should be positioned:
behind the leader.
in the front.
at the end.
in front of the last rider.
2. The safest formation when riding in a group is:
single file.
the staggered formation.
in pairs.
motorcycles should not ride in groups.
3. For stopping or slowing down, the most effective method is to use:
both the front and rear brakes.
engine braking only.
the rear brake only.
the front brake only.
4. Crossing an obstacle ______ is the safest.
while maintaining your speed
at a 90 degree angle
while keeping your elbows locked
with your feet skimming the ground
5. Another driver is most likely to try and share a lane with you:
when they want to pass you.
when preparing to turn at an intersection.
in heavy traffic.
All of the above.
6. When should you pull the engine kill switch?
If your throttle is stuck and twisting it back and forth does not free it
If your motorcycle is wobbling
If your front tire fails
If your rear tire fails
7. A wobble is likely to be made worse by:
riding beside another vehicle.
closing the throttle gradually.
unpaved roads.
trying to accelerate out of it.
8. When parked along the roadside, you should park:
with your front tire touching the curb.
parallel to the curb.
on the curb.
with your rear tire touching the curb.
9. If you are riding in a staggered formation, you should switch to riding in pairs when:
approaching intersections.
riding at night.
turning sharp corners.
motorcycles should never ride in pairs.
10. When seated properly on your motorcycle, your arms should be:
bent at a 90-degree angle.
locked at the elbows.
slightly bent at the elbows.
positioned with your hands above your elbows.
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NY DMV Motorcycle Test

Number of questions: 20
Correct answers to pass:14
Passing score:70%
Number of questions: 20
Correct answers to pass:14
Passing score:70%
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