North Carolina
Motorcycle Test


The North Carolina Motorcycle Practice Test on this site is just one tool for you to prepare for the actual NCDMV motorcycle knowledge test. This site gives you the information you will need to prepare for the actual test which will consist of 25 questions. You will need to earn a score of 80% or higher, which means answering at least 20 questions correctly. When you are taking the practice test, take your time reading through each question and answer. These multiple-choice questions that you see on the practice test will be very similar to what you see on the actual test. Click the "Start Test" button below to begin.

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If you have to brake during a curve, the first thing you should do is:

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If your rear tire locks up how can you regain control of your motorcycle?

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Going through a curve, you should look where you want to go by turning:

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

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When should you reduce your following distance?

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How long can the effects of marijuana last?

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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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A motorcycle with a sidecar:

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Proper motorcycle clothing should:

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

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When approaching an intersection:

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Cold medicine and other over the counter drugs:

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When utilizing the front brake, 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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To best stay in control of a motorcycle a rider should:

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In a motorcycle and car crash, the blame usually falls on:

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When riding at night, your following distance should be:

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Your lane position should allow you to:

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

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

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The best way to avoid a crash is to:

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

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Your handlebars should be adjusted so that they are:

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If wet road conditions create a longer stopping distance, you should:

Your score is

The average score is 75%

5/5 - (1 vote)

Motorcycle License

How To Get A North Carolina Motorcycle License

If you want to operate a motorcycle in North Carolina, you must have a motorcycle learner permit or a motorcycle endorsement on your driver license. North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires that applicants pass a motorcycle knowledge test and an off-street motorcycle skills test. Both tests are used as a way for North Carolina DMV to test applicants on their knowledge of safety and motorcycle operation. Individuals who are 16-18 years old will have to complete a motorcycle safety course run by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) or the North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Education Program in order to obtain a motorcycle learner permit.

Any individual who already has an official motorcycle license from another state and is wanting to get a North Carolina motorcycle license will be exempt from taking the knowledge or on-cycle skills test. More information can be found on the North Carolina DMV website.

If you want to take the alternative route of obtaining your motorcycle endorsement on your driver license, you can take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course. These courses are for riders of all skill levels and provide an opportunity for riders to learn the basics of operating a motorcycle and safety-oriented mental strategies. Participants will be learning through classroom activities and off-street riding instruction. You can view the class locations and course schedules on their website.

Motorcycle Test

North Carolina Motorcycle License Test Tips

You can use this site to help you get the information you need to help you pass the North Carolina motorcycle knowledge test. The purpose of this test is to make sure you understand the laws of riding a motorcycle, the rules of lane positions and vehicle control, and how to properly get off the road when needed. The knowledge test will be based upon information from the Motorcyclists’ Handbook so be sure you read through the pages thoroughly. The information you learn will be best in keeping you and others around you safe.

After passing your knowledge test you can work toward passing the on-cycle skills test. This off-street motorcycle skills test will take about 20-25 minutes and an examiner will be scoring you. You will be demonstrating your skills in an obstacle course set up by North Carolina DMV. Some things you may be asked to perform are techniques such as the slow rider, pause and go, gear shift, right turn and quick stop, and/or serpentine. Do your best to spend time practicing your motorcycle skills before scheduling the test. When you are best prepared, you can find test locations here.

Additional Information

Information on the North Carolina Department of Transportation

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

Phone:  919.715.7000

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

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