A passenger on a motorcycle should mount:

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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 passenger on a motorcycle should mount:

  1. After you’re on the bike and have started the engine.
  2. Before you get on the bike. 
  3. After you’re on the bike, but have not started the engine. 
  4. Once you’ve shifted into first gear. 

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: A. After you’re on the bike and have started the engine.

How’d you do? Learn more about this motorcycle topic below. 

Explanation: Carrying Passengers 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. 

Carrying passengers on a motorcycle safely comes down to proper preparation and communication. 

Adding the extra weight of a passenger will affect how your motorcycle handles and balances. It is a good idea to practice riding away from traffic to get used to it. 

After you’ve provided the passenger with the necessary safety instructions and details for riding, they’ll be ready to mount the motorcycle.

You should instruct the passenger to mount the bike when you tell them you’re ready. 

The  best way is to first get on the bike yourself and start the engine. 

Make sure the engine is in neutral and keep both your feet on the ground with the front brake applied. 

At this point, the passenger should get on the motorcycle and situate themself in the seat. 

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.