Motorcycle Test


Passing your endorsement exam is a matter of knowing everything about your motorcycle. Our practice tests are designed with you in mind, ensuring that you are familiar with how these devices operate and what techniques you need to do when on the road with them. Our test is based on the official one, which pulls all of its questions from the Iowa Motorcycle Operator Manual, which can be picked up at your local DMV or downloaded online. When taking our practice test make sure you look over which questions you get wrong so you can look them up in the manual.

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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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In slow tight turns you should counterbalance, which means...?

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A helmeted rider is how many times more likely to survive a crash than a rider not wearing a helmet?

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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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When you upshift gear, you should:

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The best time to adjust your mirrors is:

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

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If you fail to keep your right wrist flat when you start, you may:

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If you are going too fast when you downshift, you run the risk of:

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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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How much of a motorcycle's braking power does the front brake provide?

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Why do motorcycles need more attention than cars?

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

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When preparing to pass a vehicle on the left, it is important to ride on the left side of your lane because:

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Your handlebars should be adjusted so that they are:

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

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Cold medicine and other over the counter drugs:

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Taking corners too fast:

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A motorcycle with a sidecar:

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Riding with a passenger:

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

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If alcohol and drugs are consumed together:

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When approaching an intersection:

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Shifting into a lower gear causes an effect similar to:

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Motorcycle License

How To Get an Iowa Motorcycle License

Before you can take your motorcycle for a spin in the state of Iowa you're going to need the official endorsement from the state department of transportation. To get this endorsement you must first pass both a knowledge and skills test. Once passed, you will be given a Class M designation that proves you are safe to drive on Iowa's roads. Instruction permits are available and allow users to practice with another person that has a valid license.

Getting this permit requires passing both the knowledge exam and a vision screening.   Individuals 14 through 17 may drive a motorcycle with an instruction permit with an immediate family member 21 years or older; or with another licensed adult 25 years or older who have written permission from their parent or guardian. Before you can apply for a full motorcycle license you must hold an instructional permit for 6 months.

Sometimes the best way to study for a test is to do it in a group and the Iowa Motorcycle Rider Education is just such a program. This 15-hour class divides into five hours spent in the classroom and the other 10 in hands-on demonstrations. In this Basic Rider Course (BRC) individuals learn basic skills like turning, shifting, and stopping. Once both the knowledge and skills parts of this class are completed you will be given a certificate of completion which can be taken to your local DMV to get your motorcycle endorsement. Test locations are found throughout the state of Iowa.

If you have just moved to Iowa and have a motorcycle endorsement from another state you will need to go to your local DMV and pass the knowledge, skills and vision tests along with surrendering your old license and paying applicable fees.

Motorcycle Test

Iowa Motorcycle License Test Tips

Before you can test your skills you first have to test your knowledge. This knowledge exam gives you an honest and objective measure of your knowledge of motorcycle operation, safety techniques, and traffic signals. When using this website in conjunction with the official operator's manual you are given all the tools necessary to do well on this test. This part of the exam consists of 25 multiple-choice questions of which 20 of them must be answered correctly. Once completed you will earn your learner's permit and be able to practice your motorcycle skills in earnest.

Once you've held your instructional permit for 6 months you'll be eligible for the on-cycle skills part of the exam. This test shows that all your practice and diligence have paid off and that you are a safe motorcycle driver in the state of Iowa. You'll be teamed up with an examiner who will give you instructions on different skills you need to be able to do effectively such as quick turns, stopping, staying within boundaries, and more. Other skills you will have to do is sharp left turns and a right U-turn. If you accrue too many points or stall your engine four times during the course of the test you will be given an automatic failure. Look through the beginning of your operator's manual to see a list of permanent driver's license stations near you.

Additional Information

Information on the Iowa Department of Transportation

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

Phone:  800.532.1121

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

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