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This is the second video

in our 5-part series featuring

Washington State's motorcycle skills test.

In this video

we'll take a look at run number 2.

The turn from a stop and u-turn.

This run confirms riders can

turn their motorcycle

while staying within a traffic lane

and complete a left u-turn.

Both components are on street skills

that can help riders avoid hazards.

The sharp turn evaluates

the ability to turn into a lane

maintain lane choice

and avoid oncoming traffic.

Skills needed include

balance and control

position awareness

and overall ability

to start out smoothly and steer.

Riders are instructed:

Make a sharp right turn staying within

the boundary lines.

Common mistakes here include:


Each stall will be scored.

Riders who stall 4 times fail the test.

Putting a foot down.

Crossing a boundary line.

Crashing, falling, or dropping the motorcycle

result in an immediate failure of the test.

Keys to success include:

Good posture.

Keeping your knees in helps with balance.

Keep your head and eyes up.

Turn your head.

Don't look down.

Look where you want to go.

Smooth control.

Blend the use of your clutch and throttle.

Turn the handlebars and lean the motorcycle.

A turn from a stop may sound mundane

but staying within your traffic lane

and not dropping your bike

reduces risks for everyone.

The second component of run number 2

is the u-turn.

The u-turn evaluates the ability

to steer with control in limited spaces.

Riders are instructed:

After the sharp turn

diagonally cross to the opposite side

of the u-turn area.

Make a single left u-turn.

Stop in the stop box.

Common mistakes include:

Crossing a boundary line.

Motorcycles less than 600cc

test in the smaller 20-foot area.

Motorcycles 600cc or larger

test in the wider 24-foot area.

Loss of control.

Instability often due to

lack of low speed balance.

Inappropriate speeds.

Too slow, riders often put a foot down.

Too fast, riders often run wide.

If you're not comfortable

using your friction zone

or if "counterweight" is a new term

please consider taking a rider safety course.

Keys to success include:

Keeping your eyes up.

Turn your head

chin to shoulder.

It'll help you look

where you want to go.

Turn your handlebars

and lean the motorcycle.

Blend your controls smoothly.

Using that friction zone can really help.

And counterweight as needed.

Low speed riding skills

such as a turning from a stop

and making a u-turn

are proven to reduce risks to riders.

Riding into oncoming or opposing traffic

can be hazardous to everyone.

Low speed crashes typically occur within


parking lots

dead end streets

and roads blocked for construction.

All riders need the ability

to smoothly control their motorcycle.

Those who develop and maintain

low speed control skills

have safer more enjoyable rides.

If you're new to riding

or have a motorcycle

that is new to you

please do consider

attending a rider safety course.

Courses help riders

understand motorcycling dynamics

control and maneuvering skills

and safer street strategies.

Riders who can control their motorcycles

in a turn from a stop

and in a u-turn

demonstrate rider responsibility

and lower everyone's risk.

Ride safe. Ride smart. Ride sober.

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