If you lock the rear wheel during a quick stop on a good traction surface, you should:

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If you lock the rear wheel during a quick stop on a good traction surface, you should:

  1. Release the rear brake. 
  2. Keep it locked until you stop.
  3. Open the throttle. 
  4. Disengage the clutch lever.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


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The answer is: B. Keep it locked until you stop.

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Explanation: Quick Stops 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. 

Sometimes, a situation may require you to make a quick stop. 

You can quickly stop by firmly, but smoothly applying both the front and rear brakes at the same time. 

If you accidentally lock the rear wheel during this maneuver and are riding on a good traction surface, you can keep the brake applied until you come to a complete stop. In this situation, you can still control the motorcycle when you keep it upright and in a straight line. 

You’ll still be able to stop quickly when the rear wheel skids on a surface with good traction when traveling in a straight line. 

If the front wheel locks up, release the front brake and reapply it firmly. 

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

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