Which of the following is true about three-wheeled motorcycles?

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Which of the following is true about three-wheeled motorcycles?

  1. They operate just like a passenger car. 
  2. You never need a motorcycle license to operate one. 
  3. They handle curves differently than two-wheel motorcycles.
  4. Protective clothing and helmets are not necessary .

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The answer is: C. They handle curves differently than two-wheel motorcycles.

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Explanation: Three-Wheeled Motorcycles

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. 

Three-wheeled motorcycles handle differently than two-wheeled motorcycles, especially in turns and curves. 

A 3-wheeled motorcycle tends to be more stable than a two-wheel motorcycle, but since it cannot lean, it requires different steering and cornering techniques. 

On a 3-wheel motorcycle, the front wheel points in the direction where you want the motorcycle to go rather than countersteering like you would on a 2-wheel motorcycle. 

However, if you take a turn too fast or the curve is tight, the rear inside wheel may lift off the ground. 

To turn a 3-wheel motorcycle:

  • Slow down before you enter the turn by applying the brakes and rolling off the throttle. 
  • Turn your head to look through the turn where you want to go. 
  • Point the front wheel(s) in the direction where you want to go. 
  • Slightly lean your upper body in the direction of the turn. 
  • Steer towards the turn. 
  • Roll on the throttle as necessary for speed and stability through the turn. 

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

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