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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 riding at night, you should:
stay close behind the vehicle in front of you.
reduce your speed.
not use your headlight.
use your low beam.
2. Which of the following provide(s) the best traction for motorcycles?
Warm pavement
Gravel roads
Wet pavement
3. ______ a common factor in motorcycle collisions.
Traffic signals are
Not being seen is
Bad drivers are
Seasonal changes are
4. You should increase your following distance:
on single-lane roads.
when it is windy.
during the day.
in heavy traffic.
5. You can ride a motorcycle between lanes of traffic:
when there is no traffic.
only during designated peak traffic hours.
only at speeds no more than 35 miles-per-hour faster than the vehicles you are passing.
6. When you make a turn you should:
maintain steady speed or accelerate gradually.
All the other answers are correct.
look through the turn to where you want to go.
roll on the throttle through the turn.
7. Riding ___________ reduces your chances of being seen.
in the left lane position
in construction zones
alongside other vehicles
with other motorcyclists
8. You can ride your motorcycle between lanes of traffic:
in heavy traffic.
whenever it is better to do so.
only in designated lanes.
9. Tinted eye protection:
is prohibited by law.
should not be worn at night.
is mandatory for all motorcyle riders.
should be worn at all times.
10. When someone follows too closely, you should:
change lanes and let them pass.
flash your brake lights.
pull over and stop.
sound your horn.
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Number of questions: 20
Correct answers to pass:14
Passing score:70%
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