The DVSA Motorcycle Test is commonly viewed as an ordeal, characterised by nerves, to be completed under the critical eye of an unsympathetic Examiner. Consequently, candidates approach the Motorcycle Test as they would an examination or talent-show audition, and believe that they must perform at their best if they are to gain a Pass.
This is an incorrect view and approach. The key points of the DVSA Motorcycle Test are:
- It’s not a test where a minimum score must be achieved to gain a Pass. It’s simply an assessment of your competence in controlling a motorcycle in traffic. As such, there are no scores for performance, just observations on any faults.
- Examiners are not unsympathetic (and contrary to urban myths they do not operate to a Pass / Fail quota). You will find your Examiner professional, supportive and patient, and the feedback you receive at the end of the assessment will be objective and very accurate.
- The Motorcycle Test represents the minimum standard of driving deemed acceptable. To put this into context – Module 2 (the road ride) lasts for 35 – 40 minutes, and allows up to 10 rider faults to gain a pass. So, the candidate could commit one fault every three minutes and still pass – a clear indication that the test should not be viewed as the end of the learning process, but merely an assessment step on the overall development journey.
- Considering the above points, passing the Motorcycle Test should not be viewed as the objective of your training (with all of the associated tension), but rather as a formality that you’re more than capable of completing as you develop as a rider. Adopting this approach from the start of your training ensures that you approach motorcycling with the best and most relaxed mindset, which in turn will be reflected in your daily riding.
- The motorcycle test is in two parts:
- Module 1, which is taken at a Driving Test Centre Motorcycle Manoeuvring Area. This lasts for approximately 10-15 minutes, and covers controlled manoeuvres on the off-road area.
- Module 2, which consists of a 35 – 40 minute road ride.
Both modules are straightforward and will present no challenge once your training is completed.
At RIDEcraft, it’s not our objective to teach you to merely pass a Test but begin your development as a Motorcyclist. It’s about developing you as a rider to a high level of competence, at which level the Test will be a mere formality. Unlike almost every other Training School, we wont ‘Route Train’ you. It therefore follows that if you can ‘ride the bike’, you’ll ‘pass the Test’!
Training to a high level of competence will be centred upon the following topics:
- Simple and complex traffic light systems
- Roundabouts, simple to complex, including multiple mini-roundabouts
- Joining and leaving major roads
- Town Centres and One-way systems
- Riding in heavy traffic
- Dual carriageways
- Overtaking and filtering (where appropriate for ‘L’ rider training)
- Poor weather riding
We’ll also cover:
- Low speed control
- Tight manoeuvring
- Emergency stop techniques
- Hazard avoidance
Additionally, we’ll cover:
- Road design and layout
- Road markings and signage – the information available to you
- Traffic systems, and how they’re designed to help traffic flow
- Common hazard types – how to spot them well in advance, and how to deal with them
- Vehicle ‘Body Language’ – how to read it and anticipate what may happen next
- Road traffic Standards, Support and Enforcement
- The Highway Code – the handbook that brings it all together (during the course of lessons we’ll cover topics relevant to the Motorcycle Theory Test)
- The skill of ‘Observations’
Each lesson will be adjusted to suit individual requirements:
The idea is, whilst you are being trained to ride a motorcycle, all surrounding elements will be included to help you ‘understand the subject matter’ as much as possible. It’s absolutely pointless doing something ‘because the Instructor said’ (otherwise known as ‘rote’ training) but necessary that your training follows a ‘gestalt’ format – ‘the understanding of the subject matter, applied at that time‘. You will also never hear the phrase ‘it’s what the Examiner’s looking for’, without understanding such a well-worn phrase. It’s very important that you know exactly why you’re doing a particular task astride a motorcycle.
Road rides / training will take place within the area your Module Two Test is planned. It must be stressed here that you will not be route-trained but you will become familiar with the area and those ‘hot-spots’ where candidates are known to ‘make mistakes’. You’ll also visit the Test Centre your test will take place from and may well meet your Examiner before your test date. This gives a great opportunity to see that ‘they are human’ and will chat with you about anything and everything!
Going to / from any test will be managed with you – you riding the bike off-road before you need to travel to the Test Centre (a warm up / refreshing control skills) AND you ride the bike you’ve trained upon to that venue.
For those trainees who decide to give post test / advanced riding a try then this level of training will take you further afield. Once you become more able with the likes of reading bends, amongst many other attributes – you can chose a day 3 ride to either The Lakes, Wales or Yorkshire in an attempt to further consolidate your new-found skills over a longer ride along road specifically ‘swept’ as suitable for such training.