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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. Handlebars should be adjusted so:
you can lock the rear brake more easily.
your hands are even with or below your elbows.
your hands are above your elbows.
you can keep your arms straight.
2. In _________ turns, lean the motorcycle only and keep your body straight.
slow tight
3. If your motorcycle starts to wobble, do NOT:
leave the road as soon as you can.
roll off the throttle
apply the brakes
grip the handlebars firmly
4. ______ can cause your motorcycle to wobble.
Carrying a passenger
Improper loading of cargo
Improper braking technique
Riding a motorcycle that is too big
5. ______ helps you absorb shock when riding over obstacles.
Rising slightly off the seat
Pulling in the clutch
Using a higher gear
Rolling on the throttle
6. Drivers often fail to see a motorcycle headed toward them. Why?
It is difficult to judge a motorcycle's speed.
Motorcycles are hard to see.
It is hard to judge how far away a motorcycle is.
All the other answers are correct.
7. You should make a special point of using your mirror(s):
before you change lanes.
before you slow down.
All the other answers are correct.
when you are stopped at an intersection.
8. _______________ is the best way to lessen your chances of being involved in a collision.
Using your headlight
Maintaining an adequate space cushion
Choosing the right helmet
Wearing protective clothing
9. Before riding, position yourself comfortably and sit far enough forward so that your arms are:
slightly bent when you hold the handgrips.
bent at a 120-degree angle.
stretched out.
10. You are especially in danger when being passed by large vehicles because:
large vehicles tend to swerve into your lane.
their drivers are often tired from working long hours.
large vehicles cannot accelerate as fast as motorcycles.
large blasts of wind can affect your control.
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NY Motorcycle Test

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