Practical Test

The new practical motorcycle test came into effect March 2009. It now consists of two modules. The first module will test you doing set manoeuvres on the motorcycle in a safe off-road area. The second module is the on-road test.

You have to use a suitable machine for the practical test that meets the minimum test vehicle requirements. You must use the same motorcycle for both modules. You will also need to wear the right clothing for both modules. Examiners can refuse to carry out the test if they think the type of clothing you are wearing doesn’t give enough protection from injury. (There is an exemption to the safety helmet requirement for followers of the Sikh religion if they are wearing a turban)

Module One

You will need to provide all of the following valid documents:

  • Driving licence with the correct provisional entitlement - both the photocard and counterpart document or a valid UK passport to support a paper licence
  • The compulsory basic training (CBT) certificate (DL196) - If you hold a full moped licence , or if you are 21 years old and wish to upgrade to a full motorcycle licence, you are exempt from the CBT and theory tests.
  • The motorcycle theory test certificate

Module one includes the following specified manoeuvres and generally takes around 20 minutes to complete:

Wheeling the machine and using the stand
Doing a slalom and figure of eight
Cornering, hazard avoidance and controlled stop
A slow ride
The emergency stop

There is a minimum speed requirement of 50 kilometres per hour (approximately 32 miles per hour) for the hazard avoidance and emergency stop exercises.

Module two

For module two you must produce your module one pass certificate, as well as all the documents that you had to present at the module one test.

Module two is the on-road module and typically takes around 40 minutes. This module includes the eyesight test, the safety and balance questions and the road riding element that will cover a variety of road and traffic conditions. You’ll be asked to carry out normal stops, an angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle) and, where possible, a hill start. The examiner will normally follow you on a motorcycle, using a radio to give you directions.