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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. What is the safest braking method?
Use the front brake first and then the rear brake
Using only the front brake
Using both brakes at the same time
Using only the rear brake
2. Which of the following should not be done at night?
Increase your following distance.
Increase your speed.
Use your high beam.
Adjust your lane position when necessary.
3. Before changing lanes on a multi-lane road, you should check:
the lane next to you and the far lane.
your turn signal.
only the far lane.
only the lane next to you.
4. Most motorcycle crashes occur:
at lower speeds.
on multilane highways.
at higher speeds.
on hills.
5. When you pass parked cars, which lane position should you ride in?
Right or center
6. If you accidentally lock the rear brake on a good traction surface:
check the throttle cable.
immediately operate the engine cut-off switch.
keep it locked until you have stopped.
release the rear brake and apply the front brake firmly.
7. Why can pulling over to the side of the road be more hazardous to motorcycles than cars?
It is illegal for motorcycles to park on the side of the road.
The shoulder is often sandy and may provide less traction.
Motorcycles require a curb to park against.
It is more difficult for motorcycles to stop quickly.
8. In normal turns, you should:
lean at the same angle as the motorcycle.
lean in the opposite direction.
remain upright while the motorcycle leans.
None of the other answers is correct.
9. Riders in a staggered formation should move into a single-file formation when:
riding at night.
riding in the left position.
riding curves.
10. Before changing lanes:
Look over your shoulder.
Check your mirrors.
Check your blind spots.
All of the above.
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NY DMV Motorcycle Test

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