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If your motorcycle throttle is stuck, you should:


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If your motorcycle throttle is stuck, you should:

  1. Shift to a higher gear. 
  2. Use your front brake.
  3. Immediately shut off the engine. 
  4. Twist the throttle back and forth a few times.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: D. Twist the throttle back and forth a few times.

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

Explanation: Stuck Throttle

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 your motorcycle throttle sticks while you are riding, the first thing you can do is twist the throttle back and forth to try to free it. 

If that doesn’t work and the throttle remains stuck, you should use the engine kill-switch and pull in the clutch lever. 

This will shut down the engine and remove power from the rear wheel. 

When you are able, slow down, pull off the road in a safe space, and stop. 

Inspect the throttle cable and cable housing to identify the source of the problem. 

Be sure you can move the throttle freely and that it closes properly before you start riding again. 

Just like other parts of your motorcycle, your throttle cable requires regular inspection and periodic service and replacement. 

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

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

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