Motorcycle written practice test
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The prospect of owning and riding a motorcycle is an exciting prospect. The recreational and social opportunities are endless, and a motorcycle is a very economical form of transportation. To legally ride a motorcycle on public roads in Colorado, one must first pass the Colorado DMV motorcycle test.
The State of Colorado issues motorcycle licenses as an addition, or endorsement, to a regular driver license. To take the Colorado DMV motorcycle test you must first possess a Colorado Driver's License. The motorcycle test is then available as two parts; a written test, then a road test. Concurrent with Colorado regular Driver's License law, a person must be 16 years of age or older to obtain a motorcycle endorsement. Although Colorado gives the motorcycle rider a choice whether to wear a helmet, any rider or passenger under the age of 18 years must wear one.
The written test consists of 25 multiple choice questions, and is administered at Colorado Driver's License office. The questions are of general motorcycle safety knowledge, as well as the proper response to riding in adverse conditions. Some of the answer choices seem similar to one another, so be sure to study a lot. To pass the written test, at least 20 questions must be answered correctly for a score of 80% or better. A pre-test study booklet is available from the testing office. Once the written test is passed, a Motorcycle Learner's Permit is issued. A person under the age of 18 years old must hold a motorcycle instruction permit for at least one year before taking the road test. While holding a Colorado motorcycle permit, the rider may not have a passenger, must be in the direct supervision of another licensed rider, and may not ride on any major highway.
Once you feel comfortable on your motorcycle, and are ready to 'spread your wings', call the license office to set a time for the road test. The road test is designed to challenge your riding skills. The motorcycle road test is different from a driving test for a car. It is not practical to test the skills of a motorcycle rider during a long trip down the street. Therefore, the test is conducted in a parking lot utilizing a lot of orange cones to create a test course. The rider will be asked to start and stop abruptly, swerve sharply at low speeds, and hand-signal turns, all without putting your feet down. The test is much easier if it is taken on a smaller and lighter motorcycle. The rider may take the road test on any motorcycle, as long as it is properly licensed, insured, and able to pass a safety inspection at the time of testing.
Another way to complete, and pass, the Colorado DMV motorcycle test is to enroll in a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) training course. This is a highly recommended alternative to traditional testing through the DMV. The rider can take the written test and the road test all in one day.