Which of the following statements is true about carrying cargo on your motorcycle?

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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

Which of the following statements is true about carrying cargo on your motorcycle?

  1. If you use saddlebags, the right side should always be heavier than the left side. 
  2. Place loads behind the rear axle when possible. 
  3. Avoid using straps or bungee cords to tie down your cargo. 
  4. Secure loads low to the motorcycle. 

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This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: D. Secure loads low to the motorcycle. 

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Explanation: Carrying Cargo on a 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. 

When riding with cargo on your motorcycle, it is important to take the time that your cargo is properly loaded and secured. 

Improper loading can cause handling and balance problems when you’re riding. 

Here are some things to remember about carrying cargo on a motorcycle:

  • Keep loads secured low or in saddlebags. 
  • Place loads over or in front of the rear axle. 
  • Load saddlebags evenly. 
  • Secure bags and cargo tightly so they don’t come loose or get caught in a moving part. 

Adding too much weight or securing loads too high will upset the balance, cornering, and handling of your motorcycle. 

Spend some time getting used to the feel of your bike when it is loaded with cargo. 

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

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