Your Test

Your Test





Don't forget you will need a valid Motorcycle theory test and CBT before you can take a practical test.


The test is in two parts , module one and module two. They can be taken separately or together but one must be passed before taking two. Our advice is usually to separate them. Module one is valid until your theory test expires. If you dont pass module one there is a 3 clear day wait before re-taking. For module two there is a 10 clear day wait for retest. The cost of module one is £15.50. Module two is £75.

Module one consists of about 15 minutes of exercises carried out at the DSA's Multi purpose Test Centre on their maneouvering area (MMA as they call it), including a U turn , Slalom, Fig 8 and swerve and brake tests. On this area are the various exercises shown on the diagram. You will carry them out one at a time and they will be explained to you fully before you move off. Please make sure you treat it as if you are on the road because they WILL be watching to see that you do the correct observations etc before moving off.
Obviously this needs a fair amount of space, which we fortunately have here at the aerodrome.       Once completed you are eligible for your part two, which is detailed below. 

Module 2 is about a 40 minute road ride. You will not have to do any further exercises on the road.

The two parts can be taken seperately or together depending on choice and availability.

Below is a link to the DSA web site. The diagram is the layout for the maneouvres you will have to complete. We have this on our site and can practice all the exercises fully, including a speed gun so you will know you are reaching the standard before you ever go to test.

Module 1 test diagrams

The practical motorcycle test is made up of lots of different elements, an eyesight test, vehicle safety questions, a test of driving ability, a test of specific manoeuvres and questions about riding with a passenger and two show me tell me safety questions as below.

At the test centre you must present a valid certificate DL196 , your UK driving licence, theory pass and mod one pass when taking mod 2.

Vehicle safety check questions and eyesight test

Before you actually start your Module 2 you will be asked to read a number plate to prove you can meet the eyesight requirements. You will also be asked two machine safety check questions and one pillion related question before moving away.

To see a list of all the possible combinations of questions you can be asked by the examiner, see below.


Category A Safety Questions 01/07/2008

Question Topic / Show and Tell

A1 Oil Tell

  • Identify where you would check the engine oil level and
  • tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.
  • Identify where to check level, i.e. dipstick or sight glass.
  • The bike should be upright and have been standing for 5 mins. Explain that 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.
  • For sight glass, ensure glass is clean when checking.

A2 Horn Show

  • Show me how you would check that the horn is working on this machine (off road only).
  • Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).

A3 Brake Fluid Tell

  • Identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me
  • how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic fluid.
  • Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings. Again bike upright.

A4 Lights Tell

  • Tell me how you would check that the lights and
  • reflectors are clean and working.
  • Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), Stand on the right side of the bike, so that you can operate both hand and foot brakes. Ensure sidelight, dipped beam, main beam and both front indicators work. Move to rear and check tail light and both rear indicators. Operate both brakes and check brake light. Identify reflectors.

A5 Brake light Show

  • Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working.
  • Operate brake, place hand over light or make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help.

A6 Chain Tell

  • Tell me how you would check the condition of the chain on this machine.
  • 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.

A7 Steering Show

  • Show me what checks you would make on the steering movement before using the machine.
  • Handlebars should be free to move smoothly from full left lock to full right lock without any control cables being stretched, trapped or pinched and without any snagging between moving and fixedparts.

A8 Tyres Tell

  • 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.
  • 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 wayaround. There should be no lumps, bulges or tears.

A9 Front brake Show

  • Show me how you would check the operation of the front brake on this machine.
  • Wheel the machine forward and apply the front brake. Ensure it stops correctly with no spongyness at the lever.

A10 Brakes Show

  • Show me how you would check the operation of the brakes on this machine.
  • Check for excessive travel on the brake lever and the brake pedal and for unusual play or sponginess.
  • Ensure both brakes stop wheels.

A11 Emergency cut out Show

  • Show me how you would check the operation of the engine cut out switch.
  • Start engine, operate cut out switch and ensure that engine stops immediately. Reset switch

A12 Rear fog light Show

  • Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light and explain when you would use it (if fitted).
  • Operate switch (turn on ignition and dipped
  • headlights if necessary). Check warning light is on.
  • Explain use.

A13 Headlight Show

  • Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam.
  • Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
  • After the usual pre-test preliminaries e.g. licence and identification check the examiner will help the candidate with the fitting of the radio and earpiece.
  • While accompanying the candidate to the machine the examiner will explain how the test will be conducted and how the radio equipment works.

The law requires anyone riding a motorcycle, scooter or moped, with or without sidecar, to wear protective headgear securely fastened. The test cannot therefore be conducted unless the candidate is wearing properly secured protective headgear.


An exemption to this requirement exists for followers of the Sikh religion if they are wearing a turban.

After the practical part of the test the candidate will be asked a question on ''balance when carrying a passenger''.

What must your bike have to allow you to take a passenger?
  • A proper seat
  • Foot rests for the passenger
  • You could also add that the passenger must have a British Standards or EC2205 approved helmet
 What would you tell an inexperienced person who was going to be your pillion passenger?
  • The correct attire to wear
  • Hold on to the grab rails or preferably around the rider
  • Straddle the bike - don't sit "side-saddle"
  • Put their feet on the foot rests
  • Don't look behind you or make hand signals for the rider
  • Lean with you as you take corners or else the bike will want to go in a straight line. Try to sit still

Before carrying a pillion passenger, what would you consider adjusting on your bike?

  • Tyre pressure - inflate the tyres according to the makers recommendations
  • Suspension - increase the pre-load on the rear suspension to allow for the extra weight
  • Headlights (with a passenger, the headlights will point slightly higher)
  • Mirrors
  • Even the chain for a heavy passenger
How would the handling of a bike be affected by carrying a passenger?
  • Longer breaking distance. Also, under heavy breaking all the weight is transferred forward and the pillion may push into the back of the rider resulting in controlling difficulties. 
  • Slower acceleration so look for larger gaps in traffic when pulling out at junctions and roundabouts.
  • Steering becomes lighter because there is less pressure on the front tyre. Particularly when going slowly or under acceleration.
  • Cornering. The motorcycle may lean into a corner more than you think, so you must compensate for this.
  • Balance. Especially at low speed, balance is affected.





At the end of the test

When the practical test is over, the examiner will tell you whether you passed or failed. You can request feedback on your test from the examiner, who will then go through your performance during the test.

If you pass...

If you pass and have a photocard driving licence issued after 1 March, 2004 the examiner will ask you if you want your full driving licence issued to you automatically. If you want to use this service, the examiner will take your old licence off you, scan the details and send them electronically to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). You will then be given a pass certificate to prove you passed your test. DVLA will then send you your new full licence by post within three weeks of you passing your practical test.

If you pass your test but do not want to use this automatic service, or have a licence issued before 1 March 2004, you will be given a pass certificate by the examiner. On the back of the pass certificate it tells you what you need to do next. This involves sending your licence to DVLA who will then check your application and issue you with a new full licence.

If you fail...

If you fail the test you should ask the examiner for some feedback to help prepare yourself for your next test. Your driving report form will also show you where you made any mistakes.

You must wait 10 clear working days after your practical part two test before you can book another one.

Minimum test vehicle requirements


Any vehicle presented for use in a driving test must meet minimum test vehicle standards. These standards are part of European Community legislation on driver licensing. Great Britain as a member of the European Union is obliged to comply with these requirements. Below are the minimum test vehicle requirements for mopeds and motorcycles.

Minimum test vehicle requirements for mopeds

A moped must have an engine capacity not exceeding 50 cc, and a maximum speed of 50 kilometres per hour (km/h) which is approximately equivalent to 31 miles per hour (mph). If first used before 1 August 1977, it must be equipped with pedals by which it can be propelled.

If you pass your practical test on a motorcycle with automatic or semi-automatic transmission, it will be recorded on your pass certificate and your licence. Your full licence entitlement will be restricted to automatic motorcycles.

Motorcycle and side-car

Only candidates with certain disabilities can use a motorcycle and side-car combination for the test. The minimum test vehicle requirements for a motorcycle and side-car are the same as the solo machines, but categories A and A1 must not exceed a power to weight ratio of 0.16 kW/kg. Passengers are not allowed to ride in the sidecar during the test. The licence obtained as a result of this test will be restricted to this combination of vehicle.

DSA reminds motorcycle test candidates to wear appropriate clothing

DSA is reminding learner motorcyclists to wear suitable clothing when they take their module one and two motorcycle tests.

While most motorcycle trainers encourage their pupils to wear the best protective motorcycle gear that they can afford, some candidates aren’t following this advice.

DSA doesn’t want to restrict candidates to wearing the most expensive protective motorcycle clothing. However, DSA’s examiners won’t ignore or condone riding a motorcycle or scooter while wearing unsuitable clothing.

Tests won’t go ahead if you are inappropriately dressed

Examiners might tell you that your test won’t go ahead if you arrive inappropriately dressed. However, where possible, examiners will give you the chance to find suitable clothing within the time available.

DSA won’t pay out-of-pocket expenses if your test is cancelled because of inappropriate clothing.

Guide to suitable clothing

As a general guide the following is an indication of the minimum level of clothing acceptable:

  • motorcycle boots
  • sturdy footwear or boots that provide support and ankle protection
  • textile or leather motorcycle trousers
  • heavy denim trousers
  • heavy denim jacket with several layers underneath
  • textile or leather motorcycle jacket
  • motorcycle gloves

The following are examples of clothing that are not acceptable:

  • lightweight training shoes
  • canvas basket ball trainers
  • any form of clothing with areas of exposed skin
  • shell suit or lightweight tracksuit
  • distressed ripped jeans
  • lightweight fleece or hoody
  • no gloves or skiing gloves

In all cases it’s a legal requirement that riders wear an approved and correctly fastened motorcycle helmet,* with suitable eye protection (*an exception is made for members of the Sikh religion wearing a turban).


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