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Where is the front brake lever located on most motorcycles?

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Where is the front brake lever located on most motorcycles?

  1. In front of the left footrest.
  2. In front of the right footrest.
  3. On the left handgrip.
  4. On the right handgrip.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: D. On the right handgrip.

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Explanation: Motorcycle Controls 

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. 

The motorcycle’s front brake lever is located on the right-side of the handlebars in front of the right handgrip. 

This position allows you to naturally close the throttle as you operate the front brake lever. 

Your motorcycle’s front brake contributes to at least 70% of the overall stopping power. 

However, it is still important that you use both the front and the rear brake simultaneously for the most control and effectiveness when braking. 

To operate the front brake, you should squeeze the lever and gradually increase braking pressure. 

Grabbing or jamming at the lever can cause your front wheel to lock up, which can cause you to lose control and crash. 

If your front wheel locks while braking, immediately release the brake lever and reapply with smooth pressure. 

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

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