Free Motorcycle Theory Test

You have 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple choice motorcycle theory test questions. You need to score at least 86% (43 out of 50) to pass the test. Answers may be checked after each question by clicking the 'check answer' button or you can wait until the end of the test to review your final score. Best of luck!

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A So the motorcycle can carry a passenger
B So the motorcycle can carry panniers
C To accelerate faster than other traffic
D To keep the machine roadworthy
Correct Answer: D To keep the machine roadworthy
Explanation: Whenever you use any motorcycle on the road, it must be in a roadworthy condition. Regular maintenance should identify any faults at an early stage and help prevent more serious problems.
A Give them plenty of room
B Rev your engine
C Ride up close behind them
D Sound your horn
Correct Answer: A Give them plenty of room
Explanation: Try not to startle the animals. They can be easily frightened by noise or by traffic passing too closely. Slow down, give them plenty of room and be prepared to stop if necessary. Obey any directions given by people in charge of the animals.
A Dip your headlights and keep near the left-hand kerb
B Slow down and be ready to stop
C Speed up to clear the junction without delay
D Stop, as the car has right of way
Correct Answer: B Slow down and be ready to stop
Explanation: Look out for road signs warning of side roads, even if you aren't turning off. A driver who's emerging may not be able to see you due to parked cars or heavy traffic. Slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary. Remember, no-one has priority at an unmarked crossroads.
A From the left and apply the front brake
B From the left and leave the brakes alone
C From the right and apply the rear brake
D From the right and leave the brakes alone
Correct Answer: A From the left and apply the front brake
Explanation: When you get onto a motorcycle, you should get on from the left side to avoid putting yourself in danger from passing traffic. You should also apply the front brake to prevent the motorcycle from rolling either forwards or backwards.
A They'll make it easier to see unlit objects
B They'll make it easier to stop
C They'll make it harder to accelerate
D They'll make it harder to see unlit objects
Correct Answer: D They'll make it harder to see unlit objects
Explanation: After rain, the reflections from wet surfaces will make it hard to see unlit objects. Make sure that your visor or goggles are clean, so your vision is as clear as possible. Pedestrians will be difficult to see, especially if they're wearing dark clothing.
A You'll be more alert
B You'll be more relaxed
C You'll lose concentration
D You'll react more quickly
Correct Answer: C You'll lose concentration
Explanation: It can be difficult to keep warm when riding a motorcycle. It's well worth buying good-quality motorcycle clothing, which will help to keep you warm and is essential for your safety. If you become very cold while riding, you'll find it difficult to concentrate on the road.
A Flash your headlights
B Slow down and stop if necessary
C Switch off your headlights
D Switch to main beam
Correct Answer: B Slow down and stop if necessary
Explanation: If your view of the road ahead is restricted because you're being dazzled by approaching headlights, slow down and, if you need to, pull over and stop.
A Apply the front brake just before the rear brake
B Apply the front brake only
C Apply the rear brake just before the front brake
D Apply the rear brake only
Correct Answer: A Apply the front brake just before the rear brake
Explanation: You should plan ahead to avoid the need to stop suddenly, but if an emergency arises, you must be able to stop safely. Applying the front brake just before the rear brake will help you to stop safely and quickly.
A Exhaust
B Fairing
C Headlights
D Indicators
Correct Answer: C Headlights
Explanation: Your headlights must be properly adjusted to avoid dazzling other road users. You'll probably need to do this when carrying a heavy load or the extra weight of a pillion passenger. You may also need to adjust the tyre pressures and the suspension.
A Concrete
B Loose gravel
C Shellgrip
D Tarmac
Correct Answer: B Loose gravel
Explanation: Some road surfaces can affect the stability of a motorcycle far more than they affect other vehicles. Look out for loose or slippery road surfaces and be aware of any traffic around you. You may need to take avoiding action and change direction quickly.
A If you feel tired and need to rest
B If you've gone past your exit
C Only in an emergency
D To answer your mobile phone
Correct Answer: C Only in an emergency
Explanation: You mustn't stop on the hard shoulder, except in an emergency. Never use the hard shoulder to have a rest or a picnic, answer a mobile phone or check a road map. Also, you mustn't travel back along the hard shoulder if you've gone past your exit.
A At junctions
B At zebra crossings
C On dual carriageways
D On one-way streets
Correct Answer: A At junctions
Explanation: Other motorcyclists and cyclists may be difficult to see on the road, particularly at junctions. If your view is blocked by other traffic, you may not be able to see them approaching.
A The front suspension forks
B The rear shock absorber
C The rear wheel alignment
D The suspension adjustment
Correct Answer: C The rear wheel alignment
Explanation: Always check the rear wheel alignment after adjusting the final drive chain. Marks on the chain adjuster may be provided to make this easy. Incorrect alignment can cause instability and increased tyre wear.
A Excessive fuel consumption
B Inaccurate speedometer reading
C Incorrect rear wheel alignment
D Loss of braking power
Correct Answer: C Incorrect rear wheel alignment
Explanation: After carrying out drive-chain adjustment, you should always check the rear wheel alignment. Many motorcycles have alignment guides stamped onto the frame to help you do this correctly.
A By checking the registration document
B By checking the vehicle handbook
C It will be shown on the tyre wall
D It will be stamped on the wheel
Correct Answer: B By checking the vehicle handbook
Explanation: Tyre pressures should be checked regularly. Look in your vehicle handbook for the correct pressures to use.
A The balance of the rear wheel
B The front and rear wheel alignment
C The preload on the front forks
D The preload on the rear shock absorber(s)
Correct Answer: D The preload on the rear shock absorber(s)
Explanation: When carrying a passenger or other extra weight, you may need to make adjustments, particularly to the rear shock absorber(s), tyre pressures and headlight alignment. Check your vehicle handbook for details.
A To check for emerging traffic
B To check for overtaking vehicles
C To confirm your intention to turn
D To make sure the side road is clear
Correct Answer: B To check for overtaking vehicles
Explanation: Take a check over your shoulder before committing yourself to a manoeuvre. This is especially important when turning right, as other road users may not have seen your signal or may not understand your intentions.
A Avoid riding with a full tank of petrol
B Check out any strong smell of petrol
C Keep water levels above maximum
D Use unleaded petrol
Correct Answer: B Check out any strong smell of petrol
Explanation: The fuel in your motorcycle can be a dangerous fire hazard. Don't use a naked flame if you can smell fuel, and don't smoke when refuelling.
A Check that there's enough room for vehicles behind you
B Check the width of the central reservation
C Position in the left gutter of the side road
D Stop, and then select a very low gear
Correct Answer: B Check the width of the central reservation
Explanation: Before emerging right onto a dual carriageway, make sure that the central reservation is wide enough to protect your vehicle. If it isn't, you should treat it as one road and check that it's clear in both directions before pulling out.
A Switching off your headlights
B Wearing a black helmet
C Wearing a brightly coloured helmet
D Wearing a dark jacket
Correct Answer: C Wearing a brightly coloured helmet
Explanation: Wearing bright or fluorescent clothes will help other road users to see you. Wearing a light or brightly coloured helmet can also make you more visible.
A Rear wheel alignment
B Sidelights
C Tyre pressures
D Valve clearances
Correct Answer: A Rear wheel alignment
Explanation: Drive chains wear and need frequent adjustment and lubrication. If the drive chain is worn or slack, it can jump off the sprocket and lock the rear wheel. When you've adjusted the chain tension, you need to check the rear wheel alignment. Marks by the chain adjusters may be provided to make this easier.
A Any lane
B The left-hand lane
C The middle lane
D The right-hand lane
Correct Answer: B The left-hand lane
Explanation: Use the left-hand lane if it's free, regardless of the speed at which you're travelling.
A 40 mph
B 50 mph
C 60 mph
D 70 mph
Correct Answer: C 60 mph
Explanation: You don't have to ride at the speed limit. Use your own judgement and ride at a speed that suits the prevailing road, weather and traffic conditions.
Correct Answer: C 70 mph
Explanation: The national speed limit of 70 mph applies to cars and motorcycles on the motorway, unless they're towing a trailer. On smart motorways, this speed limit can be reduced and overhead signs will show the new limit in force.
A The occupation of the other driver
B The other driver's vehicle insurance details
C Whether the driver owns the other vehicle involved
D Whether the other driver is licensed to drive
Correct Answer: B The other driver's vehicle insurance details
Explanation: If you're involved in a collision where someone is injured, your first priority is to warn other traffic and call the emergency services. Make sure you have all the information you need before you leave the scene - such as the other driver's name, phone number and insurance details. Don't ride your motorcycle if it's unroadworthy.
A It's safe to overtake
B Overtaking traffic should move back to the left
C The road bends to the left
D Traffic should use the hard shoulder
Correct Answer: B Overtaking traffic should move back to the left
Explanation: In this picture, the road marking shows that overtaking drivers or riders need to return to the left before they reach the hatch markings ahead. The hatch markings are designed to separate opposing streams of traffic; for example, approaching some junctions or dual carriageways.
A 30 mph
B 50 mph
C 60 mph
D 70 mph
Correct Answer: D 70 mph
Explanation: Travelling at the national speed limit doesn't allow you to hog the right-hand lane. Always use the left-hand lane whenever possible. When leaving a motorway, get into the left-hand lane well before your exit. Reduce your speed on the slip road and look out for sharp bends or curves and traffic queuing at roundabouts.
A
B
C
D
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Look for and obey traffic signs. Disobeying or not seeing a sign could be dangerous. It may also be an offence for which you could be prosecuted.
A Cycle in single file
B Cycle route ahead
C Cycles aren't allowed
D Cyclists must dismount
Correct Answer: B Cycle route ahead
Explanation: Where there's a cycle route ahead, a sign will show a bicycle in a red warning triangle. Watch out for children on bicycles and cyclists rejoining the main road.
A Adverse camber
B Airport
C Road noise
D Side winds
Correct Answer: D Side winds
Explanation: A warning sign with a picture of a windsock indicates that there may be strong side winds. This sign is often found on exposed roads.
A Hold back until you can see clearly ahead
B Move to the right to get a better view
C Overtake the other driver as quickly as possible
D Switch your headlights on before overtaking
Correct Answer: A Hold back until you can see clearly ahead
Explanation: You won't be able to see any hazards that might be hidden in the dip. As well as oncoming traffic, the dip may conceal
  • cyclists
  • horse riders
  • parked vehicles
  • pedestrians
in the road.
A Continue ahead only
B Stop at the stop line
C Turn left only
D Turn right only
Correct Answer: B Stop at the stop line
Explanation: When a police officer or traffic warden is directing traffic, you must obey them. They'll use the arm signals shown in The Highway Code. Learn what these signals mean and obey them.
A In the left-hand lane
B In the middle lane
C In the right-hand lane
D On the hard shoulder
Correct Answer: A In the left-hand lane
Explanation: The colours of the reflective studs on the motorway and their locations are
  • red - between the hard shoulder and the carriageway
  • white - between lanes
  • amber - between the carriageway and the central reservation
  • green - along slip-road exits and entrances
  • bright green/yellow - at roadworks and contraflow systems

A Accelerate to get past first
B Carry on, as you have priority
C Give way to oncoming traffic
D Wave oncoming vehicles through
Correct Answer: C Give way to oncoming traffic
Explanation: Take care if you have to pass a parked vehicle on your side of the road. Give way to oncoming traffic if there isn't enough room for you both to continue safely.
A Accelerate and keep to a high speed for a short time
B Avoid using the brakes at all for a few miles
C Go slowly while gently applying the brakes
D Stop for at least an hour to allow them time to dry
Correct Answer: C Go slowly while gently applying the brakes
Explanation: Water on the brakes will act as a lubricant, causing them to work less efficiently. Using the brakes lightly as you go along will quickly dry them out.
A End of traffic-calming zone
B Free-parking zone ends
C No through road
D No-waiting zone ends
Correct Answer: D No-waiting zone ends
Explanation: The blue-and-red circular sign on its own means that waiting restrictions are in force. This sign shows that you're leaving the controlled zone and waiting restrictions no longer apply.
A Traffic can overtake on the left
B Traffic can travel faster in poor weather conditions
C Traffic in both directions can use the middle lane to overtake
D Traffic uses the middle lane for emergencies only
Correct Answer: C Traffic in both directions can use the middle lane to overtake
Explanation: If you intend to overtake, you must consider that approaching traffic could be planning the same manoeuvre. When you've considered the situation and decided it's safe, indicate your intentions early. This will show the approaching traffic that you intend to pull out.
A A notification to tell DVLA that a vehicle isn't being used on the road
B A notification to tell DVSA that a vehicle doesn't have a current MOT
C Information held by insurance companies to check a vehicle is insured
D Information kept by the police about the owner of a vehicle
Correct Answer: A A notification to tell DVLA that a vehicle isn't being used on the road
Explanation: If you want to keep a vehicle untaxed and off the public road, you must make a SORN. It's an offence not to do so. Your SORN is valid until your vehicle is taxed, sold or scrapped.
A To prevent overtaking
B To prevent tailgating
C To reduce congestion
D To reduce rest stops
Correct Answer: C To reduce congestion
Explanation: Smart motorway schemes are intended to reduce congestion and make journey times more reliable. In these areas, the hard shoulder may be used as a running lane to ease congestion at peak times or in the event of an incident. Variable speed limits are used to help keep the traffic moving and to avoid bunching.
A Check your vehicle registration document
B Contact your local garage
C Look at a map
D Look in your vehicle handbook
Correct Answer: C Look at a map
Explanation: Planning your journey before you set out can help to make it much easier and more pleasant, and may help to ease traffic congestion. Look at a map to help you do this. You may need maps of different scales, depending on where and how far you're going. Printing or writing out the route can also help.
A £1000
B £500
C £5000
D Unlimited
Correct Answer: D Unlimited
Explanation: Driving without insurance is a serious offence. As well as an unlimited fine, you may be disqualified or incur penalty points.
A Go ahead
B Stop
C Turn left
D Turn right
Correct Answer: B Stop
Explanation: Police officers may need to direct traffic; for example, at a junction where the traffic lights have broken down. Check your copy of The Highway Code for the signals that they use.
A Apply pressure over the wound and keep the arm down
B Apply pressure over the wound and raise the arm
C Dab the wound
D Get them a drink
Correct Answer: B Apply pressure over the wound and raise the arm
Explanation: If possible, lay the casualty down. Check for anything that may be in the wound. Apply firm pressure to the wound using clean material, without pressing on anything that might be in it. Raising the arm above the level of the heart will also help to stem the flow of blood.
A A valid driving licence
B The handbook
C The vehicle's chassis number
D Valid insurance
Correct Answer: D Valid insurance
Explanation: You can renew your vehicle tax online, at post offices and vehicle registration offices, or by phone. When applying, make sure you have all the relevant valid documents, including a valid MOT test certificate where applicable.
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Look well ahead and check the pavements and surrounding areas for pedestrians. Look for anyone walking towards the crossing. Check your mirrors for traffic behind, in case you have to slow down or stop.
A 1 to 2 centimetres
B 10 to 15 centimetres
C 15 to 20 centimetres
D 5 to 6 centimetres
Correct Answer: D 5 to 6 centimetres
Explanation: An adult casualty isn't breathing normally. To maintain circulation, place two hands on the centre of the chest. Then press down hard and fast - around 5-6 centimetres and about twice a second.
Correct Answer: A Gently
Explanation: If a young child has stopped breathing, first check that their airway is clear. Then give compressions to the chest using one hand (two fingers for an infant) and begin mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Breathe very gently and continue the procedure until they can breathe without help.
A Put their arms across their chest
B Roll them onto their side
C Shake them firmly
D Tilt their head back gently
Correct Answer: D Tilt their head back gently
Explanation: It's important to ensure that the airways are clear before you start mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Gently tilt their head back and use your finger to check for and remove any obvious obstruction in the mouth.
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: There will be an orange label on the side and rear of the tanker. Look at this carefully and report what it says when you phone the emergency services. Details of hazard warning plates are given in The Highway Code.
A They might not want you to
B They'll get too cold if you do this
C This could result in more serious injury
D You could scratch the helmet
Correct Answer: C This could result in more serious injury
Explanation: When someone is injured, any movement that isn't absolutely necessary should be avoided, since it could make the injuries worse. Unless it's essential to remove a motorcyclist's helmet, it's generally safer to leave it in place.