When riding a 3-wheel motorcycle or motorcycle with a sidecar, which lane position should you choose?

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When riding a 3-wheel motorcycle or motorcycle with a sidecar, which lane position should you choose?

  1. Left lane position.
  2. Center lane position.
  3. Right lane position.
  4. Any lane position. 

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 

Answer

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The answer is: B. Center lane position.

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Explanation: Lane Positioning for a 3-Wheeled Motorcycle

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. 

Since a 3-wheeled motorcycle or a motorcycle with a sidecar has a much wider width than a standard 2-wheel motorcycle, your choice of lane positioning is more limited. 

Many 3-wheeled motorcycles and motorcycles with a sidecar have a width similar to that of a passenger car. 

For this reason, you’ll need to stick to the center lane position when operating a 3-wheel motorcycle or sidecar motorcycle. 

Riding too far to the left can cause you to be in the other lane. 


Riding too far to the right can cause your tire to run off the pavement, lose traction, and cause you to lose control. 

The center lane position will ensure that you stay within the painted lane markings in your lane and that your wheels stay on the pavement. 

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