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When riding through a curve, a motorcycle group should:

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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

When riding through a curve, a motorcycle group should:

  1. Maintain a staggered formation.
  2. Take the curve in a single-file formation.
  3. Take the curve in a double-file formation. 
  4. Stop and pull over before each rider takes the curve. 

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: B. Take the curve in a single-file formation.

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Explanation: Riding with a Group

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. 

While a staggered formation is recommended for group riding, there are some situations where a different riding formation is safest. 

When approaching a curve in a motorcycle group, the riders should enter the curve in a single-file formation with at least a 2 seconds gap between each rider. 

Once the road straightens out again, the riders can form back into a staggered riding formation. 

It is the lead rider’s responsibility to pay attention to upcoming changes in the road and to communicate the formation with the riders behind them. 

A single-file formation in places like curves, turns, and freeway ramps will allow each rider to have an adequate space cushion to maneuver safely. 

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

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