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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 the New York 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 passing a line of parked cars, you must watch for:
cars exiting their parking spaces.
people stepping from between cars.
drivers opening their doors.
All of the above.
2. The ___________ is the place where debris and oil drippings from cars collect.
left portion of the lane
center portion of the lane
right portion of the lane
opposite lane
3. _______________ is the best way to lessen your chances of being involved in a collision.
Choosing the right helmet
Maintaining an adequate space cushion
Wearing protective clothing
Using your headlight
4. Surfaces that provide poor traction include:
All the other answers are correct.
Gravel roads
5. Which of the following is true about carrying cargo on your motorcycle?
Fill saddlebags evenly to prevent drifting.
Never carry cargo on a motorcycle.
Use ropes to secure the load.
Attach the cargo to your gas tank.
6. Which of the following is important for riding safely on slippery surfaces?
Leaning back
Holding in the clutch
Maintaining or increasing your speed
Avoiding sudden moves
7. Where is a crash most likely to occur?
At intersections.
In residential areas.
In school zones.
On multi-lane roads.
8. While riding a motorcycle, you can share your lane with:
It depends on the vehicle.
other motorcycles.
You can never share your lane.
9. Riders in a staggered formation should:
should pair up.
ensure the group is larger than five riders.
pass one at a time.
pass in pairs.
10. You should avoid riding next to cars or trucks in other lanes because:
operating your motorcycle may become more difficult.
of poor traction.
you might be in the blind spot of a car in the next lane.
your visibility may be reduced.
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NY Motorcycle Test

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