What can happen if a motorcyclist takes a turn too fast?

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What can happen if a motorcyclist takes a turn too fast?

  1. They can end up crossing into another lane. 
  2. They can run off the pavement. 
  3. They can lose control of the bike. 
  4. All of these.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 

Answer

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The answer is: D. All of these. 

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Explanation: Entering Turns and Curves

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. 

Navigating through turns and curves properly is one of the most important things for new riders to master. 

It is alway important to approach turns and curves with caution and the appropriate speed. 

Improper techniques while riding in curves is a major cause for accidents and collisions for motorcycles. 

Slowing down and braking before you enter a curve or turn can help you stay in control and reduce potential hazards. 

If a motorcyclist takes a turn or curve too fast, they will have trouble holding their lane position through the curve. 

When this happens, they may end up in another lane, end up in an opposite lane, or run off the road completely. 

Any of these circumstances can put you at a high risk of getting hit losing control of your bike. 

If you enter a curve too quickly and then overreact by braking too hard, you can go into a skid and lose control of the bike too. 

Use the proper technique for approaching and riding through curves, which involves:

  • Slowing down by closing the throttle or using the brakes before you enter the curve. 
  • Look through the curve where you want to go. 
  • Press on the handlebar in the direction of the curve and lean as necessary. 
  • Roll on the throttle to accelerate through the curve to help stabilize yourself and move through it. 

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

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