Motorcycle Skills Test – Curves

Curves Test

Riding through 2 curves. This run verifies the rider’s ability to negotiate curves. The skill needed is the ability to corner effectively. Proper entry speed is essential allowing the rider to safely corner and navigate curves. Riders are instructed: Ride through both curves accelerating to a speed of at least 20 miles-per-hour in the straightaway. Prior to the second curve slow to an appropriate entry speed. Stay within both sets of boundary lines. Common mistakes include: Running wide…a lane error. Riding too far inside. Speed too fast often due to not adjusting entry speed. Typically riders go outside their lane too slow typically caused by a lack of skill or fear of leaning. This is a timed evaluation. Riders must go fast enough to demonstrate proper cornering ability. If you’re not comfortable with counter steering or would like to practice cornering please consider taking a rider safety course. Keys to success include: Keep your head and eyes up.

Look through the curve. Adjust to a proper entry speed. Slow to a speed allowing for a smooth acceleration. Positive throttle throughout. Look. Turn your head. Look where you want to go. Look through…to the exit. Press and lean. Counter steer. An “outside-inside-outside” path of travel is often easier. Roll on. Slightly increase or maintain speed through the curve. Riders must be able to stay within their lane and corner effectively. Riding too fast going out of your lane threatens everyone’s safety on road especially rural roads. Crash investigations show that most motorcycle deaths occur in curves and are usually single vehicle crashes. Motorcycle only. Your cornering skills must be there when needed. Know your bike. Know your limits. Ride within them. If it’s been a while since you’ve attended a rider safety course please do consider taking one. You’ll be taking responsibility to help keep our roads safe. The 3 most common factors in motorcycle crashes are: Speed lane error and impairment typically from alcohol. Be responsible. Ride smart. Ride safe. Ride sober and ride trained.

How To Get A Motorcycle License?

You will need Motorcycle Operator Manual and study guide Motorcycle learner’s permit Motorcycle safety course Helmet, gloves, and over-the-ankle boots and on-cycle motorcycle skills test.

Step 1. Study the Motorcycle Operator Manual and study guide, available online for most states, including Arizona, California, Texas, New York, Michigan, Georgia, Virginia, and Ohio.

Step 2. Obtain a learner’s permit by taking a written exam, vision test, and paying a small fee at your local license office. A permit is a restricted license that does not allow you to carry a passenger and carries other limitations, such as time of day. Check with your local agency for age and training requirements needed for a permit.

Step 3. Consider taking an approved motorcycle rider safety course to obtain your motorcycle endorsement, the next step in obtaining your license. Most require you have proper gear, including a helmet, gloves, and over-the-ankle boots. Completion of a safety course may be required to obtain a license if you’re under 18.

Step 4. Schedule an appointment at the DMV or driver’s license agency when you’re ready to take the motorcycle skills test. The on-cycle skill test is a road test that requires you to demonstrate basic vehicle control and crash-avoidance skills. Step 5. Pass the on-cycle test and you’ll have your motorcycle license.


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