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Motorcycle Linked or Combined Brake System

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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

What is a linked braking system on a motorcycle?

  1. A system that engages both brakes when either lever is applied. 
  2. A technique in which the rider uses both brakes at once. 
  3. An external rod that can be installed to connect the front and rear brake.
  4. A dangerous feature that should be avoided. 

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: A. A system that engages both brakes when either lever is applied. 

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

Explanation: Motorcycle Linked Braking System

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. 

Certain types of motorcycles are designed with a linked braking system. 

Linked brake systems connect the front and rear brakes together so that brake pressure is applied to both brakes whenever either brake lever is engaged. 

This can help riders utilize both brakes simultaneously. 

You should refer to your motorcycle’s owner manual to learn more about how the system works on your particular bike. 

The generally recommendation when using the brakes on any motorcycle is to use both the front and rear brakes at the same time.

On a standard bike, this is done by working the front brake lever and the rear brake pedal simultaneously.

With a combined system, the rider automatically applies both brakes at once. This can make braking safer and reduce the risk of locking up the wheels.

Knowing how your particular motorcycle functions is an important part of being a safe rider. 

Take some time to become familiar with the systems on your bike and how to use them most effectively. 

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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