When you are ready to start your motorcycle, the fuel valve should be:

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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 you are ready to start your motorcycle, the fuel valve should be: 

  1. Empty. 
  2. Partially opened. 
  3. Closed.
  4. Open.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 

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This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: D. Open.

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Explanation: Preparing to Ride

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. 

As you conduct your pre-ride inspection, you can also begin your start up routine. 

Before you start your motorcycle, you should make sure that the fuel valve is open so that gas can flow freely to the combustion chamber. 

While it may sound obvious, you’d be surprised how many motorcycles that won’t start up can be traced back to a closed fuel valve or kill switch in the “OFF” position. 

Remember, you should get to know the location of the controls on your bike and how they function. 

Drill your pre-ride inspection and start up routine into your head, and you’ll have a motorcycle that’s always ready to ride.

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.