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Specialist questions for motorcyclists

This page has specialist questions for motorcycle drivers.

You can use these questions to test yourself, or have a friend or family member test you.
If you don’t know the answer, click on the link underneath the question to find out.


1 It is raining and you are about to stop at a red light, but see that there is a large area that looks as though there has been an oil spillage. What should you do to be able to stop safely?

Slippery surfaces


2 How should the quickest stops be made?

Emergency braking


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5 Riding a motorcycle is more tiring than driving a car. True or False?

Rider fatigue


6 Which is the best kind of safety helmet to buy?

Wearing the right gear


7 What should you do if your helmet is damaged?

Helmets


8 If your helmet gets dirty what must you wash it with?

Helmets


9 Which item is a motorcyclist required to wear by law?

Wearing the right gear


10 What is the correct fit for your helmet?

Helmets


11 To be comfortable when you ride, where should you sit?

Body position


12 Why is face protection important?

Eye and face protection


13 What is the best kind of footwear to wear when riding a motorcycle?

Footwear


14 If another vehicle can enter your path, what should you assume?

Other vehicles at intersections


15 Hypothermia is a term that is used to describe a condition motorcyclists can suffer from. What could cause hypothermia?

Protective clothing


16 When seated on your motorcycle, where should your feet be?

Body position


17 What is the main reason for wearing protective clothing?

Protective clothing


18 What will holding your knees against the petrol tank help you do?

Body position


19 Which brake is the most powerful on a motorcycle?

Braking


20 How much braking comes from the front wheel?

Braking


21 Why is a motorcycle often not seen by other road users?

Being seen on the road


22 What would you do to help yourself be seen when riding during the daytime?

Being seen on the road


23 Where is the best place on the road to position your motorcycle whilst driving?

Position


24 What is the danger in not turning off your indicator?

Using your indicators


25 Why is it dangerous to travel in other drivers’ blind spots?

Position


26 What effect does an oncoming heavy vehicle have?

Sharing the road with trucks and buses


27 If you ride behind a large truck, what should you do?

Sharing the road with trucks and buses


28 When you are passing parked vehicles, the main danger is vehicles making U-turns or pulling out without signalling. True or False?

Keeping your distance from parked vehicles


29 If the driver of a vehicle immediately ahead of you cannot see you either in the rear view mirrors or by turning their head, where would you be?

Position


30 What should you do if an oncoming vehicle seems ready to cross your path?

Position


31 When passing parked vehicles, in what position in the lane should you be?

Keeping your distance from parked vehicles


32 When riding in groups, it is best to place beginner riders where?

Group riding


33 What is the major cause of motorcycle crashes at intersections?

Keeping your distance at intersections


34 When in a line of stopped or moving traffic, what should you do?

Keeping your distance alongside vehicles


35 If you see a vehicle ahead of you that is about to pull out of a parking space or do a U-turn, what should you do?

Keeping your distance from parked vehicles


36 If another driver follows you too closely, what should you do?

Distance behind


37 What can happen if you make a sudden direction or speed change on a slippery surface?

Slippery surfaces


38 What should you do when riding on slippery surfaces?

Slippery surfaces


39 What is the main danger in riding on bitumen after a rain shower?

Slippery surfaces


40 Which brake or brakes should be used on a slippery surface?

Slippery surfaces


41 To avoid skidding on slippery road surfaces, what can you do?

Slippery surfaces


42 If you encounter rough, uneven surfaces, what should you do to keep control of your machine?

Uneven surfaces


43 On a high-crowned road, what should you reduce speed the most for?

Sloping surfaces


44 How can you get a better view of the road ahead at night?

Safety tips for night riding


45 What is the most important thing to do when riding at night?

Night riding


46 If you must slow in a curve, how should you do this?

Braking tips


47 Before going through a curve, what is it best to do?

Braking tips


48 In an emergency braking situation, what position should your motorcycle be in?

Emergency braking


49 What should you do if the front wheel locks up when braking?

Skids


50 In an emergency, which brake is it best to apply first?

Emergency braking


51 What is one of the usual causes of skidding?

Skids


52 You are riding on a suburban street and a large piece of timber is immediately in front of you and there is no alternative but to ride over it. To keep control, what should you do?

Swerving


53 If a dog rushes out in front of you, what should you do?

Swerving - animals


54 If you get a blowout or puncture on your motorcycle, what should you do?

Tyre blowouts


55 When riding in groups, what is the formation in which you ride called?

Group riding


56 When may you carry a pillion passenger?

Carrying passengers


57 Which equipment must a motorcycle have to enable you to carry a passenger?

Carrying passengers


58 When carrying a passenger, what is the most important thing to remember?

Carrying passengers


59 What items are required by law for a passenger when travelling on a motorcycle?

Carrying passengers


60 To drive your motorcycle safely and legally on the road what must it have?

Motorcycle requirements


61 If your motorcycle is more than three years old and was first registered in New Zealand or overseas on/after 1 January 2000, how often does it require a warrant of fitness inspection?

How often do I need to get a WoF?


62 If your motorcycle was first registered in New Zealand or overseas prior to 1 January 2000, how often does it require a warrant of fitness inspection?

How often do I need to get a WoF?


63 What is the maximum speed when towing a motorcycle?

Towing


64 When towing, if the trailer including its load is up to half the weight of your motorcycle, what is the maximum speed you can ride?

Towing


65 When towing, if the trailer including its load is more than half the weight of your motorcycle, what is the maximum speed you can ride?

Towing


66 What does this sign mean?

Parking signs


67 Motorcycles do not have blind spots. True or False?

Making a left turn


68 In any kind of skid what should you do?

Skids


69 What is an engine seizure caused by?

Engine seizure


70 What do the signs that engine seizure is imminent include?

Engine seizure


71 What does countersteering best enable you to do?

Swerving


72 When do cross winds occur?

Wind blasts


73 How will you notice if your chain breaks?

Chain breakage


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