What should you do if you get a flat tire while riding your motorcycle?

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What should you do if you get a flat tire while riding your motorcycle?

  1. Immediately turn to get off the roadway. 
  2. Open up the throttle to get more air in the tire. 
  3. Jam on the brakes to stop immediately. 
  4. Hold the hand grips firmly, ease off the throttle, and keep a straight course. 

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 

Answer

This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: D. Hold the hand grips firmly, ease off the throttle, and keep a straight course. 

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Explanation: Motorcycle Tire Failures

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. 

Tire failure on a motorcycle can create a dangerous situation. A flat tire will make controlling your bike much more difficult. 

Flat front tires can cause your steering to feel heavy and difficult. A flat rear tire may cause the back of your bike to sway or jerk from side to side. 

In either case, if a tire goes flat while you are riding, it is recommended that you:

  • Keep a firm grip on your handlebars. 
  • Ease off of the throttle. 
  • Maintain a straight path until you can slow down. 
  • If you must brake, only use the brakes on the wheel that is not flat. 
  • As you slow to a safe speed, edge towards the side of the road and come to a stop. 

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