Practical Motorbike Test

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Once you have a valid provisional motorcycle licence, you’ve passed a CBT and your theory test, you are ready to take the practical motorbike test.

Practical Motorbike Test Modules

The test is split into two sections, Module 1 and Module 2. The two modules are taken on separate days. You need to have passed Module 1 before you can take Module 2. If you fail Module 1 you need to wait 3 days before taking it again, so while you can book both modules at once it is advisable to leave a long gap between the two just in case you need to retake module 1.

Module 1

Module 1 of the motorcycle test is taken at a Multi Purpose Test Centre (MPTC). These are safe off-road testing areas provided by the DVLA. There is an online search tool at the DVLA site that can be used to find the nearest MPTC, but you can always talk to local bike instructors to get the lowdown on where is best for you.

Module 1 only takes around 20 minutes, and you will be expected to show controlled manual handling, slow riding, a U turn, high speed (32 mph) turns and stops. If you don’t meet the necessary 32 mph in the high speed maneuvers you will be given a second chance at them.

It’s a quick and (relatively) easy test, so if you fail there shouldn’t be a problem re-booking. If you do fail don’t worry, you can always re-sit, but you will have to wait 3 days before taking the Module again.

Module 2

Module 2 is the on-road section of the test, where you will be assessed whilst riding under instruction from an examiner who is in contact with you via a helmet radio. The test as a whole will take around 50 minutes, 40 of them spent riding. Most of the time you’ll be guided by the examiner telling you where to turn, but for a short part of the test you’ll be assessed on ‘Independent Riding’, where you will be asked to follow signs to a certain place.

If you fail Module 2 you will have to wait 10 days before you can retake it. Getting as much training and practice in is key to passing first time, but there is no guarantee.


Booking Your Practical Motorbike Test

Be aware that it can take more than 3 months to book a practical test, and the CBT and provisional licences only last for two years. You need to give the DVLA three full working days’ notice if you want to cancel your Module 2, or you will not be able to reclaim the money paid for it. If you’re practical, you can plan out the timing of the two modules to allow for any possible retakes that might be needed.

You will need to use the same category and size of bike for both modules, and the choice of bike will affect the sort of licence you will eventually be allowed. To ride larger bikes once you’ve passed your motorbike test you will need to take the test on a bike that is between 120cc and 125cc. If you only intend to ride a 125cc or lower, you can take the test on a motorbike with a lower engine size. If you are over 21 and wish to take a Direct Access test (that avoids the two year restricted time) you need to use a bike of at least 35 kW (46.6 bhp)to take the test.