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If you need to stop quickly while riding through a curve, you should:

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If you need to stop quickly while riding through a curve, you should:

  1. Apply the brakes immediately.
  2. Never use the brakes. 
  3. Open the throttle first. 
  4. Straighten your motorcycle before applying the brakes.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: D. Straighten your motorcycle before applying the brakes.

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Explanation: Stopping Quickly in a Curve

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. 

If there is a reason you need to stop quickly while riding through a curve, you must be sure to do so properly and carefully. 

With the right technique, you can effectively use both brakes to stop after you’ve entered a curve. 

First, you must keep in mind that when your motorcycle is leaning, there is less traction available for stopping with the brakes. Applying too much brake power will cause your wheel to skid. And applying the brakes at too much of a lean angle can throw you from the bike. 

If you need to stop quickly when you are in a curve, you should first straighten out the bike and square up the handlebars. 

Be sure to apply the brakes smoothly and gradually to avoid skidding or losing control. 

If you do not have time to straighten out, apply the brakes even more smoothly and reduce your lean angle as you slow down. Apply more brake pressure as you straighten out and continue to slow down. Once you’ve got the bike straight again, you may apply maximum brake power. 

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

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