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If your motorcycle’s rear tire goes flat:

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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

If your motorcycle’s rear tire goes flat:

  1. The back of the motorcycle may jerk or sway from side to side. 
  2. The front of the motorcycle may jerk or sway from side to side. 
  3. The rear wheel will lock up. 
  4. The drive chain will break.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: A. The back of the motorcycle may jerk or sway from side to side. 

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

Explanation: Rear Tire Failure

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 common symptom of a rear tire that goes flat is that the back of your motorcycle will begin to sway or jerk from one side to the other. 

Unfortunately, you will typically not hear a motorcycle’s tire going flat. You’ll notice a flat tire when your bike starts to handle poorly. 

If your tire goes flat while you’re riding:

  • Keep a firm grip on the handlebars. 
  • Ease of the throttle. 
  • Keep the motorcycle going straight. 
  • Do not use the brakes on the wheel with the flat. 
  • Edge towards the side of the road when the motorcycle slows down and come to a stop. 

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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