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A motorcycle rider can slow down by:

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Use this motorcycle practice test question to prepare for the real written exam at the DMV or during your motorcycle safety course

A motorcycle rider can slow down by:

  1. Downshifting.
  2. Closing the throttle.
  3. Using the brakes.
  4. All of these.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: D. All of these.

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Explanation: Slowing Down on a Motorcycle

In order to pass your motorcycle permit exams and to become a safe rider, it’s important to know why a particular answer on the motorcycle written test is correct. 

A motorcycle rider has a few different options for slowing down. They include:

  • Downshifting, also known as engine braking. 
  • Closing the throttle. 
  • Using the brakes. 

Depending on the situation, one of these options or a combination of them may be called for. 

When you need to come to a full stop, you’ll typically need to do all three. 

When you need to slow down briefly, one of the options may suffice. 

If you need to slow down before entering a curve, engine braking or closing the throttle may be sufficient. 

It is important to get used to how your motorcycle handles and performs under different circumstances. 

Spend some time practicing slowing down by using the brakes, engine braking, and closing the throttle. 

The more experienced you have with different ways of controlling your motorcycle, the more options you’ll have to avoid hazards in traffic. 

You can find more information about this topic in the motorcycle rider’s handbook.

Check out more motorcycle permit test questions and answers here.

Find in-depth articles for new riders in our section dedicated to learning how to ride a motorcycle.

Plus, check out an overview of the requirements to get a motorcycle endorsement in each state.

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