Motorcycle Test


California’s coastline just begs to be seen on the back of a motorcycle. Of course, if you want to legally ride a motorcycle along the Pacific Ocean, you’re going to need to pass the California motorcycle license test to earn your California M1 motorcycle license endorsement. In order to earn your full license endorsement, you’ll first need to obtain a motorcycle permit, and after six months you are able to apply for a full license. During your licensing process, you’ll need to pass the written portion of the DMV motorcycle test and the on-cycle knowledge test to earn your license. There is no time limit. You may not go back once you answer a question. Click the "Start Test" button below to begin. 

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You should check to make sure that your brake light:

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What is the minimum amount of times you check your brake hydraulic fluid and coolant level?

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Which surface provides the best traction?

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How can you encourage cars to avoid trying to share your lane?

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In car and motorcycle collisions, what percent are caused by the driver failing to properly yield the right-of-way to the rider?

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Should you wear a riding jacket if the weather is warm?

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Which of the following should you inspect during a pre-ride check?

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When riding with a passenger in a sidecar you should always:

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A critical head injury is __________ times more likely when a motorcycle rider is not wearing a helmet during a crash.

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A good way of 'bonding' with your motorcycle is to:

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If your motorcycle starts to handle differently during a ride you should:

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Before going for a ride you should check all of the following except:

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A motorcycle with a sidecar:

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If your motorcycle starts and then cuts out shortly after and will not restart, the most likely issue is:

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How long can the effects of marijuana last?

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Proper motorcycle clothing should:

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Why do motorcycles need more attention than cars?

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If braking in a curve:

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In ideal conditions, your following distance should be:

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To best stay in control of a motorcycle a rider should:

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Your lane position should allow you to:

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When utilizing the front brake, you should:

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You should roll on the throttle slightly as you go through a turn so that you:

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If operating a three-wheeled motorcycle or riding with a sidecar, avoid the far side of the right lane because:

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What is the best position within the lane while riding a motorcycle?

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How To Get A California Motorcycle License

It’s impossible to adequately stress the importance of studying if you want to pass the California motorcycle test on your first try. This site offers practice test questions designed to assist you in your preparation for the test. The actual California motorcycle license test consists of 25 questions, and you’ll need to answer at least 20 questions correctly to earn a passing score. The questions on our California motorcycle practice test, and the actual exam are derived from the California motorcycle handbook. This document is the source of all the information you’ll need to know to pass both portions of the California motorcycle exam. If you don’t have a copy, you should download one now.

If you will be moving to California and you already have a valid out of state license with a motorcycle endorsement you will be able to forgo taking the state’s skills test. You will, however, need to show up with adequate identification to get your new state license and then pass the written test and the vision test (along with paying your licensing fee) to get your California motorcycle license.

The official motorcycle safety course in California is proctored by the California Highway Patrol and is known as the California motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP). The CMSP offers a variety of training courses that are a mixture of classroom and riding instruction. Certain classes are mandatory for riders under the age of 21. To learn more you can visit their website.

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California Motorcycle License Test Tips

To pass the written test you’ll want to get yourself used to the format of the questions you’re going to experience on the California motorcycle test. Our practice test is an excellent tool for this. Also, as you work your way through the handbook these tests give you an opportunity to test your progress by taking a free practice test and tracking your scores. Once you can consistently score above the necessary 20 correct answers, you’ll be able to approach exam day with more confidence. Questions on this test range from understanding how to safely operate your motorcycle, use correct safety gear, and identify motorcycle safety statistics.

The California on-cycle skills tests are conducted at DMV offices around the state. If you’d like to set up an appointment for your driving test appointment you can do so at this link. If you need to find your nearest location, you can do so here:

You’ll be expected to display the skills to prove you are a safe and knowledgeable motorcycle operator during the exam, demonstrating skills such as controlling your speed, using the vehicle’s mirrors and brakes, quickly stopping, and creating visibility for yourself and making yourself visible to other motorists.

Additional Information

Information on the California Department of Motor Vehicles

The DMV is responsible for testing student drivers and licensing all drivers. To schedule your licensing examination or get more information contact them via:

Phone:  800.777.0133

To find the office hours and / or location nearest you, please visit:

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