California DMV Motorcycle Test

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1. Which lane position(s) are safest for motorcycles?
2. If you are about to collide with an object and you want the motorcycle to lean quickly to the right, you should
3. Which of the following should be avoided when carrying cargo?
4. What color of clothing increases riders' visibility to others?
5. Motorcycle groups larger than ____ people should split into smaller groups.
6. Where are the clutch and brake lever found on your motorcycle?
7. In countersteering, to initiate a turn, pushing the right handgrip will allow the motorcycle to
8. You can be sure another driver will yield to you when
9. If you need to brake and swerve, you should
10. When you are riding at night, it is best to
11. If you see a car on an entrance ramp that is about to merge into your lane, it is best to
12. When should you rise off the seat slightly?
13. Decrease your chances of being involved in a collision by
14. Which of the following is not a strategy to increase your safety at night?
15. To prevent colliding with a hazard in the center of the lane, which lane position should you ride in?
16. Motorcycles require ____ lane width to operate safely.
17. Which of the following is true about braking?
18. When changing lanes on a multilane road, it is important to check the lane next to you and
19. If oncoming traffic is present and you are passing a line of parked cars, which lane position should you choose?
20. The best way to stop quickly is to
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About Motorcycle Permit Practice Tests

To operate a motorcycle in California, you must have a Class M license. Licenses are issued through the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The state offers a motorcycle instruction permit and two license levels. An M1 license includes any type of motorcycle, and an M2 license is specifically for motorbikes, mopeds, or scooters. You must be at least 15 ½ to apply for a Class M1 or M2 permit. At age 16, you can apply for an M1 or M2 license if you have held a permit for at least 6 months.

To receive a Class M1 or M2 permit or license, you must submit your documentation, pass the vision screening, pass the driver and motorcycle knowledge tests, complete a Form DL44 application, and pay the fees. Anyone under the age of 21 must also complete the California Highway Patrol California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CHP CMSP) and submit the certification. Applicants who are over 21 are encouraged to take the CHP CMSP course as well, and the motorcycle skills test is waived for those who complete the course.

Tests are scheduled through your local DMV. The written exam contains 25 questions about signaling, crossing, changing lanes and other safe driving practices. You must answer 20 of the questions correctly to pass. The motorcycle skills test examines how well you handle and operate your motorcycle. If you fail a test, you must wait one day to retake it.