South Dakota DMV Motorcycle Permit Practice Test 2024

There are 25 questions on the South Dakota DMV motorcycle test, and you will need to answer at least 19 correctly to get a passing score (76%). The questions in our sample tests are nearly identical to those on the official SD MC test.

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If you borrow a friend's motorcycle, do you have to get familiar with it before you rie?

Riders must be familiar with the motorcycle they are using to be able to quickly navigate our of dangerous situations. Even if you are an experienced motorcycle rider you won't handle a new motorcycle as well as the one you are used to.

Which lane must you use to turn left? The ____ or any lane permitting a left turn.

It’s very dangerous to turn from the wrong lane. Make sure to position yourself in the correct lane well in advance. In this case, you should begin the turn from the left-most lane or any lane permitting a left turn.

When giving CPR, you should pump hard and fast at the rate of ____.

When a person isn’t breathing, you may need to give CPR to maintain circulation. Pump at the rate of 100-120 times per minute.

Do motorcycles do not need an equal distance to stop compared to other vehicles?

A common misconception is that motorcycles are able to stop much quicker than other vehicle and won't need as large a following distance, but this is false. It depends on your motorcycle, your reaction time, and much more. Don't make the mistake of following too closely to the vehicle in front.

What is the BAC limit for motorcycle riders 21 or older?

The BAC limit is 0.08 for drivers 21 years old or older, but you may be affected at a much lower BAC and be an unsafe rider after as little as one alcoholic beverage. The BAC limit for motorcyclists is the same as for car drivers.

Motorcyclists lane position should:

You have to position yourself in the lane postion that works best for the conditions you are in and change your lane postion as traffic situations change. Try to maximize your space cusion while being visible to others. For example; the center portion of the lane is usually best to be seen in the rearview mirror of a passenger vehicle, but not when following a truck. A truck driver won't have a rearview mirror so you must place yourself where you can be seen.

If your rear wheel locks up when braking, you:

If your rear wheel locks up and you are traveling straight ahead, you will still be able to control the motorcycle. If you have to, you can keep the rear wheel locked until you have completely stopped.

To keep a group together, who should set the pace?

The tail rider can monitor all riders in front and set a pace that works. If you keep an eye on the rider behind, the entire group will be able to adjust speed if a rider falls behind.

You should get into the habit of handling each curve:

All curves are different - some curves may remain constant, some may gradually widen or get tighter, and others may combine multiple curves. Do not treat each curve the same. Instead, ride within your skill leven and change your lane position based on the shape of the curve in combination with the road and traffic conditions.

Which statement is true regarding braking?

As your brake lights glow, you indicate to traffic behind you that you are slowing down. This acts as a warning to other traffic that you intend to slow down, and gives them time to adjust their speed to avoid sharp braking.

Sharp braking can be dangerous as vehicles behind you may not react in time to avoid hitting you.

Traffic calming objects (speed bumps etc) are there to:

Speed bumps/humps are common traffic calming objects placed on the road in order to make riders and drivers slow down and proceed more cautiously. They are generally placed in urban areas where there are many people going about, such as near schools and in residential areas.

Signaling too early:

Signaling too early can be very dangerous if other drivers may interpret your signal to mean that you are turning into a road before your intended turning point. Other drivers may drive directly across your path as they expect you to make a turn earlier than you intend to.

What will happen if try to brake out of a wobble?

Don't try to brake or accelerate out of a wobble. It will only make the motorcycle more unstable and make the wobble worse. The best way to handle a wobble is to not fight the wobble. Roll off the throttle gradually to slow down without applying the brakes, move your weight as far forward and down as you can, and grip the handlebars firmly.

To quickly come to a stop:

To come to a stop the quickest, use both the front and the rear brakes at the same time. You can press down on the rear brake and sqeeze the front brake lever firmly with continuing steady pressure, without pressing it down all the way.

Does slowing down before a curve reduce the chance of skidding?

Braking in a curve may cause your motorcycle to skid. This can be avoided by slowing down beforehand.

Which statement is true regarding railroad crossings with STOP signs?

All vehicles MUST come to a complete stop when facing a STOP sign! After you have come to a complete stop, you may proceed across the tracks if they are clear of approaching trains.

The rate of alcohol consumption:

If you consume multiple drinks in an hour, more alcohol will have accumulated in your body than if you just had a single drink. Your body will not metabolize alcohol faster because you have had more to drink.

The only thing that will sober you up is time. Exercising, eating, drinking water, or sleeping doesn’t increase the rate at which your body metabolizes alcohol. It may take more than 18 hours to get back to 0 BAC after a heavy night of drinking (many are arrested for drink driving the day after).

When traveling behind a vehicle, you should ride:

Always position yourself so you are visible. While you should maintain a proper following distance, you don't have to maintain a minimum following distance of 5-6 seconds.

Why should you avoid following closely behind any vehicles towing or hauling items?

Any time you follow too close to the vehicle in front, you may not be able to react in time if they have to brake suddenly. But you are also susceptible to pebbles kicked up by the tires of the vehicle in front, or debris/loose items that fall off and that can place you in unavoidable dangerous situtations. For those reasons, following too closely is extra dangerous for a motorcyclist.

What does the "Search" in Search, Evaluate, Execute (SEE) mean?

SEE is a three-step process that motorcycle riders can use to make appropriate judgments and apply them correcly. It stands for Search, Evaluate, Execute. "Search" is focused on how you can avoid potential hazards by searching ahead, behind, and to the sides. Look for escape routes that you can use if something does happen. You should search for factors like: pedestrians near parked vehicles, hazardous road conditions, oncoming vehicles that may drive over your lane, or traffic that is approaching you.

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How Can I Get My Motorcycle License in South Dakota?

After you’ve taken and passed your motorcycle permit test, here are your next steps towards receiving your license:

  • There are two types of motorcycle permits you can get in South Dakota. The first is an instructional permit that you are eligible to apply for at 14.
  • This permit allows you to operate a motorcycle during daylight hours with the supervision of an adult 18 years or older with a valid motorcycle license.
  • You can upgrade to the next permit after 180 days of practice driving, or 90 days if you complete a driver education course.
  • The upgraded permit is the motorcycle-restricted minor’s permit which allows anyone 14-16 years old to ride a motorcycle unsupervised as long as there is parental consent.
  • When you’re 16 and feel ready, you can schedule your road test at the DMV to receive your motorcycle license.

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