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Practical test

The new motorcycle test went live on Monday 27 April 2009. It aims to improve the standard of road safety for motorcycle and moped riders. This user group has been identified as having a high risk of injury or death, this is particularly the case for young and inexperienced riders.

Reporting for your practical test

You must bring the following items with you to both module 1 and module 2 of your test. If you do not, the Driving Standards Agency may refuse to carry out the test and you may lose your fee.

  • – provisional licence and paper counterpart
  • – valid DL196
  • – valid theory test certificate
  • – valid module 1 test pass certificate when presenting for module 2 only

The practical test is split into two modules:

Module 1 – Specified Manoeuvres

(approx 22 minutes)

  • – At least two manoeuvres carried out at slow speed, including a slalom
  • – At least two manoeuvres carried out at a higher speed, of which one exercise should be in second or third gear, at a speed of at least 30km/h (approx 19 mph) and one exercise avoiding an obstacle at a minimum speed of 50km/h (approx 32 mph)
  • – At least two braking manoeuvres, including an emergency brake at a minimum speed of 50km/h (approx 32 mph)

On the day of your Module 1 test, you will be asked by the examiner to demonstrate your riding ability on either the left-hand or right-hand circuit. The standard off-road layout may change because of local conditions on the casual sites.

If you demonstrate riding skills of a dangerously incompetent level during module 1, you will not be allowed to take module 2.

If you pass module 1 you will receive a test pass certificate which you must bring with you when you take module 2.

Module 2 – Road Riding Test

(approx 57 minutes)

The accompanied riding element of the test. Module 2 of the test will consist of the eyesight test, road safety questions and at least 30 minutes of road riding. The road ride will cover a variety of road and traffic conditions and will also include normal stops, hill and angle starts.

Module 2 safety questions

As part of your Module 2 test, the examiner will also ask you some safety questions about the motorcycle you are riding (show me, tell me questions), and a question relating to the carrying of pillion passengers.

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