Self-Test Quiz: NZMSC RIDING TECHNIQUE TICKLERS

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1. An underinflated tyre can blow out when it overheats or it can cause the motorcycle to develop an unsettling and potentially dangerous weave. Which part of the tyre wears when it is underinflated -

a. the side

b. the centre

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2. On a well-trafficked road, which part is likely to be driest during the rain?

a. The centre of the lane

b. The tyre tracks

c. The side of the road

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3. A rather desperate riding measure has become known as an Eddie Lawson knee-save? It is where the rider:

a. holds the bike up with his knee

b. uses his knee to fend off cars

c. keeps his knees in tight to save fuel.

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4. Unless their machine is fitted with running lights, professionals ride with their headlight on during the day. Should the light be on

a. full beam

b. dipped beam

(We differ from the MSF in this.)

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5. What does an odometer do on a motorcycle?

a. measure engine revs

b. measure speed

c. measure distance

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6. When making a u-turn on your motorcycle, should the operation be carried out in one or two movements?

a. one

b. two

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7. What, in riding terms, is Idling Distance?

a. amount you coast when changing gear

b. distance travelled in reaction time

c. warm up period for a motorcycle

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8. Given a reaction time of .4 seconds, how far would your Idling Distance be at 60kph (about 40mph)?

a. 7 metres

b. 10 metres

c. 20 metres

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9. Each of the two mirrors on your bike should be adjusted in such a way that, if possible, you can see what?

a. Sliver of jacket and lane behind

b. Lane behind

c. Lane and roadside

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10. What happens to your cornering circle if you apply the brakes firmly while cornering?

a. Widens up

b. Tightens up

c. Stays the same

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11. Should you nudge the gear lever to neutral just before or after you stop?

a. before

b. after

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