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Mod 1 & 2 Tests

Motorcycle Practical Tests Explained



Module 1 Test

Watch Video here DVSA Mod1


Module one includes the following manoeuvres:

  • wheeling the motorcycle and using the stand
  • slalom and figure of eight
  • a slow ride
  • U-turn
  • cornering and controlled stop
  • cornering and the emergency stop
  • cornering and hazard avoidance

There is a minimum speed requirement of around 30 miles per hour (50 kilometres per hour) for the hazard avoidance and emergency stop exercises. There is no minimum speed requirement for the first cornering and controlled stop exercise.

The Module 1 test lasts approximately 5-10 minutes.

You can make up to five rider faults and still pass module one. If you make six or more rider faults, you won’t pass the test.

If you make one serious or dangerous fault, you won’t pass the test.
Module 2 Test

Watch video here DVSA Mod2

Module two is the on-road module and typically takes around 40 minutes.

This module includes:

  • eyesight test
  • safety and passenger questions
  • road riding element
  • independent riding section
The examiner will ask you to read the number plate on a parked vehicle to test your eyesight. If you fail the test, your riding test won’t continue. This will be from 20m.

Motorcycle Practical Tests Explained

Road riding element
You’ll ride in a variety of road and traffic conditions. You’ll be asked to carry out:

  • normal stops
  • an angled start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)
  • a hill start (where possible)
  • The examiner will give you directions using a radio. They will normally follow you on a motorcycle.
Independent riding section of the riding test
Your riding test will include around ten minutes of independent riding. This is designed to assess your ability to ride safely while making decisions independently.

During your test you’ll have to ride independently by either following:

  • traffic signs
  • a series of directions
  • a combination of both

To help you understand where you are going when following verbal directions, the examiner will show you a diagram.

What happens if you forget the directions?
It doesn’t matter if you don’t remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way – that can happen to the most experienced riders.

Independent driving is not a test of your orientation and navigation skills. Driving independently means making your own decisions – this includes deciding when it’s safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where you’re going.

At the end of module two, the examiner will give you the result and feedback. If you pass, the examiner will explain to you how to change your provisional licence into a full licence.

Your riding test result:
At the end of each module the examiner will tell you whether or not you have passed.

There are three types of faults that can be marked:

  • a dangerous fault – involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property
  • a serious fault – could potentially be dangerous
  • a rider fault – not potentially dangerous, but if you make the same fault throughout your test it could become a serious fault

Questions asked at the beginning of Module 2:

Motorcycle Module 2 Test Vehicle Safety Questions

1) Oil; Tell me how you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.
1a) Identify where to check level, i.e. dipstick or sight glass. Explain that the level should be between max and min marks. For dipstick, remove dipstick and wipe clean, return and remove again to check oil level against max/min marks. Motorcycle must be levelled when checking.

2) Horn; Show me how you would check that the horn is working on this machine.
2a) Check is carried out by using control (turn on
ignition if necessary).

3) Brakes; Show me where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic fluid.
3a) Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings. Motorcycle must be levelled.

4) Lights; Tell me how you would check that the lights and reflectors are working.
4a) Explanation only: Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), identify reflectors. Check visually for operation.

5) Brake light; Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working.
5a) Operate brake, place hand over light or make use of reflections in windows, etc
or ask someone to help.

6) Chain; Tell me how you would check the condition of the chain on this machine.
6a) Check for chain wear, correct tension and rear wheel alignment. Tension should be adjusted as specified in the machine handbook. Drive chain should be lubricated to ensure that excessive wear does not take place.

7) Steering; Show me what checks you would make on the steering movement before using the machine.
7a) Handlebars should be free to move smoothly from full left lock to full right lock without any control cables being stretched, trapped or pinched.

8 ) Tyres; Tell me how you would check your tyres to ensure that they are correctly inflated, have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
8a) Correct tyre pressure settings can be found in the owner’s manual. Pressures should be checked using a reliable gauge. Tread depth must be at
least 1mm deep, forming a continuous band at least ¾ of the breadth of the tread and all the way around. There should be no lumps, bulges or tears.

9) Front brake; Show me how you would check the operation of the front brake on this machine.
9a) Wheel the machine forward and apply the front brake.

10) Brakes; Show me how you would check the operation of the brakes on this machine.
10a) Check for excessive travel on the brake lever and the brake pedal and for unusual play or sponginess.

11) Emergency Kill switch; Show me how you would check the operation of the
Kill Switch, without starting the engine.
11a) Operate switch, turn ignition on and attempt to start.

12) Headlight; Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam.
Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), visually check high and low beams.



Motorcycle Module 2 Test Passenger Safety Questions

1) What adjustments would you make to the Motorcycle before carrying a passenger.
1a) Headlight alignment. Mirror position. Tyre pressure increase. Suspension preload increase.

2) What advice would you give to a passenger before they get on your motorcycle.
2a) Wear the appropriate clothing. Only get on or off when the rider tells you to. Keep feet on foot pegs at all times. Hold on to rider or grab rail. Lean with rider into the bends.

3) What effect would carrying a passenger have on the handling of your motorcycle.
3a) Acceleration would need to be slower. Braking distances will be longer. Balance at slow speeds will be more difficult. Cornering will be slower.

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