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Practical test


Motorcycle practical test explained

This test will establish whether or not you can ride safely in different road and traffic conditions and that you know the Highway Code. You will have to take a motorcycle practical test for each category of motorcycle licence.

You must pass the driving theory test before you take the practical test. The practical motorcycle test is split into 2 separate modules:

• the off-road module
• the on-road module

Documents you must bring with you

• Your theory test pass certificate
• Your driving licence - both the photocard and the paper licence
• Your compulsory basic training certificate
• Your module 1 test pass certificate - when taking the module 2 test

Suitable motorcycles

To find out whether your motorcycle is suitable for your practical test, view the Department for Transport full list of motorcycles, by manufacturer and model.

Clothing you must wear

• A motorcycle helmet that meets British safety standards (this doesn?t apply if you are Sikh and wearing a turban)
• Motorcycle boots or other sturdy footwear that provides support and ankle protection
• Textile or leather motorcycle trousers and jacket - or heavy denim trousers and jacket (with several layers underneath)
• Motorcycle gloves

Module 1: off-road manoeuvres

This takes place in a safe off-road area and normally takes about 20 minutes.

Module 1 includes:
• wheeling the moped or motorcycle and using the stand
• riding a slalom and figure of 8
• cornering and emergency stop (minimum speeds of 19 mph for mopeds and 31 mph for motorcycles)
• hazard avoidance minimum speeds of 19 mph for mopeds and 31 mph for motorcycles

Module 2: on-road riding

Module 2 is the on-road module and normally takes about 40 minutes. For the ridden section the examiner will follow you on a motorcycle.

Module 2 includes:
• Eyesight test
• Safety questions (see the list of motorcycle safety questions)
• Road riding - in a variety of road and traffic conditions, following directions given to you by the examiner using a radio.
• Independent riding - designed to assess your ability to ride safely while making your own decisions. Lasts about 10 minutes.

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