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Motorcycle Skills Test

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Most motorcycle skills tests are conducted on a closed course at the DMV. You must pass the motorcycle knowledge test before scheduling your test.

You need to know and understand your motorcycle’s controls and equipment such as choke, gear shift, brakes, starter, throttle, ignition, and clutch. The examiner will perform a safety inspection and check the registration and insurance. You do not have to use your own motorcycle.

Your test will include normal starts and stops, quick turns, and other maneuvers. When on your motorcycle, you are required to wear a helmet. If your motorcycle does not have a windshield or screen, you need to wear a protective face shield or goggles. The examiner will explain each exercise before you begin.

Test Maneuvers

Left Turn and Braking
Exercise one tests your ability to control the motorcycle while turning and to perform a precise stop. You will be evaluated on your ability to stay within the path of the turn and stop in the painted box without skidding the motorcycle.
Exercise two tests your ability to control the motorcycle at low speed while weaving through cones and to make a U-turn in a designated area. You will be evaluated on your ability to stay within the path of travel without touching lines or cones and without putting your foot down.
Straight Braking
Exercise three tests your ability to brake quickly and safely in the shortest possible distance. You will be evaluated on stopping distance in relation to speed of travel.
Obstacle Braking
Exercise four tests your ability to swerve the motorcycle quickly to avoid an obstacle in your path. You will be evaluated on your ability to stay within the path of travel and swerve quickly without touching a boundary line.

These maneuvers are conducted at low speeds and are not dangerous to riders with basic skills. If you do not feel you can pass the tests, you may wish to enroll in a motorcycle rider training course. See Getting a Motorcycle Driver License for links to classes throughout Nevada.