Practical Motorcycle test: Module1
The module 1 test will be the same for candidates diong the A2 licence or direct access (for moped tests a lower speed will apply and the inner blue cone will be moved out one metre to compensate for the lower speed requirement). The test was revised in May 2011, so is now easier to pass.
Manual handling/ Off and on stands
At the start of the test, the examiner will brief you; you should treat the manouvering area as a road and carry out all neccessary rear observations, and that you should not make contact with any of the cones. He will then ask you to ride forward and park your bike in a box marked by green cones. You will park the bike on its stand, then take it off its stand and wheel it around to face the opposite way in the other box of green cones.
Slalom and figure of 8
Here we see a 600 cc doing the slalom and figure of eight exercise, yellow cones are 4.5m apart, the blue cones are 6m apart, you should complete two circuits of the figure of eight until the examiner signals you to stop.
Slow ride and U-turn
After the figure of 8 your bike should be pointing down the MMA towards the start of the U-turn, you will be asked to ride slowly (you should use the clutch and rear brake to do this) in a straight line and stop when you arrive at the box of four blue cones. The examiner will then brief you on the U-turn, by test day you should be familiar with this exercise. The lines are 7.5m apart, in case you wish to practice.
Familiarisation Ride and controlled stop
You will be asked to ride around the top of the manouvering area to pass through the timing gate and stop with your front wheel in the box marked by four blue cones. There is no minimum speed reqiuerment for this exercise, the only criteria for success is that you finish the exercise with the front wheel in the box.
Emergency stop and avoidance exercise
You will be asked to ride around the area as above, but instead of stopping at the box you will need to carry out an emergency stop, when the examiner signals you to do so. This exercise reuires a minimum speed of 50km/h as well as good braking technique to be successful (from 16th May 2011 there is a 5% leeway on the speed requirement recording a minor fault instead of a fail). You may be asked to repeat this exercise once if you do not meet the speed requirement. The final exercise is the avoidance exercise, and like the emergency stop, you will be given a second attempt if you are too slow.
Here is an example of the emergency stop.