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Motorcycle Test

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The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security equips all residents, wishing to obtain a motorcycle license, with the tools they need to pass their tests. The Motorcycle Operator Manual is available at all driver service centers across the state free of charge. After you have reviewed all of the material, you can take this site’s Tennessee motorcycle practice test, which will help you to prepare. The knowledge test consists of 30 questions. You will need to answer at least 24 questions correctly, which is an 80% or higher. Click the "Start Test" button below to begin your motorcycle practice test.

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

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When approaching a curve your priority should be to:

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

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

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Proper motorcycle clothing should:

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If alcohol and drugs are consumed together:

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If your motorcycle has convex mirrors instead of flat mirrors, practicing with them is helpful because:

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When utilizing the front brake, you should:

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Taking corners too fast:

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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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Shifting into a lower gear causes an effect similar to:

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

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When you upshift gear, you should:

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The best way to learn motorcycle maintenance is to:

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In hot weather, wearing a riding jacket:

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Motorcycles:

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Why do motorcycles need more attention than cars?

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A side stand can be dangerous unless it:

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When approaching an intersection:

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In ideal conditions, your following distance should be:

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As you go through a braking maneuver, the changes in traction tells you that 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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In slow tight turns you should counterbalance, which means...?

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When positioning yourself in a lane:

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Motorcycle License

How To Get A Tennessee Motorcycle License

Getting on the streets in Tennessee and riding a motorcycle means you must be able to operate the vehicle and also understand the rules of the road. To earn a Class M Motorcycle Operator License, you'll need to take a road skills test and a knowledge test at one of Tennessee’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security Driver Services Center. Applicants must be 16 years or older to operate a motor-driven cycle over 50cc. People between 15-16 years old will be required to obtain a special permit in order to operate a motorcycle with restrictions. They will need to pass a written test, vision screening, and demonstrate the ability to operate a motorized bicycle, which is the only type of vehicle they can drive with the special permit. If you are new to Tennessee and are licensed to drive a motorcycle in another state that required a knowledge and skills test, you will be exempt from taking that again. However, you will still be required to take a Tennessee vision screening at a Driver Service Center. You can find more information on Page 11 of Tennessee’s Comprehensive Driver License Manual.

If you would rather take a class to prepare for your knowledge and on-cycle skills test, you can join the Tennessee Motorcycle Rider Education Program. You will learn how to safely operate a motorcycle, the rules of the road, and other motorcycle issues. If you successfully pass the course, you will receive a completion card and certificate. When you apply for a motorcycle license, having a certificate will waive the knowledge and skills test requirements. You can find a list of testing locations on their website.

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Tennessee Motorcycle License Test Tips

Tennessee’s Motorcycle Knowledge Test is a very important factor when it comes to obtaining your Class M Motorcycle Operator License. This is because it tests your understanding of safety and knowledge on a cycle. You will be tested on things such as best practices for carrying passengers and/or cargo, effective street strategies, and how to prepare for a safe ride. The knowledge test covers everything you need to ride safely and reduce your chances of experiencing a crash, whether you are operating a standard two-wheel motorcycle or a three-wheel motorcycle.

The Tennessee on-cycle skills test averages at around 20-25 minutes and will test your ability of how you drive and control a motorcycle to obeying traffic signals and posted signs. You also want to keep in mind that you will be tested on your pre-trip vehicle inspection. You will need less than 6 errors to pass the test. When you feel you are ready and have had enough practice, you can schedule your appointment at one of Tennessee’s Driver Service Centers.

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Information on the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security

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

Website:  https://www.tn.gov/safety/driver-services/classm.html
Phone:  615.251.5166
Email:  Email.Safety@tn.gov

To find the office hours and / or location nearest you, please visit:
https://www.tn.gov/safety/driver-services/locations/dllocationcity.html

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