To pass the practical motorcycle test you need to pass its two separate modules within two years of passing your motorcycle theory test. 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.
Minimum Test Vehicle Requirements
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.
Wear The Right Clothing
It is important to wear the right clothing whenever you ride, including whilst you are training and when you take both modules of your motorcycle test. Talk to your trainer about choosing the best clothing you can afford.
The manual ‘The Official DSA Guide to Riding – the Essential Skills’, which is published by the Stationery Office (TSO) can provide you with good advice about helmets, gloves, boots and other clothing.
There is an exemption to the safety helmet requirement for followers of the Sikh religion if they are wearing a turban.
You must provide all of the following valid documents:
- your driving licence with the correct provisional entitlement – both the photocard and counterpart document or a valid UK passport to support a paper licence
- your compulsory basic training (CBT) certificate (DL196)
- your motorcycle theory test certificate
You are exempt from providing CBT and theory test certificates if you:
- hold a full moped licence gained by passing a moped test after 1 December 1990, and wish to upgrade to a full motorcycle licence
- already hold a full motorcycle licence and wish to upgrade it
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.
For module two you must produce your module one pass certificate, and 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.
You can download a list of all the safety and balance questions you could be asked by the examiner.
The Motorcycle Practical Test Video
You can learn more about the motorcycle practical test by viewing the ‘motorcycle practical test video’, which provides a step-by-step demonstration of the two motorcycle test modules.
Your Test Results
At the end of module one, the examiner will give you the result and you can ask for feedback on how you did. If you passed, you’ll receive your module one pass certificate.
At the end of module two, the examiner will tell you whether you have passed or failed and you can ask for feedback on how you did.
If you fail either module, you should ask the examiner for feedback to help you prepare for your next test. Your driving test report will identify areas where any mistakes were made.
If you pass both modules, the examiner will explain to you how to change your provisional licence into a full licence.