Practical Motorcycle Exam Explained - Part One

After successfully completing your motorcycle theory test you're eligible to take the practical exam. When taking your motorcycle theory exam you will have noticed that it's very different to the car theory test.

These differences also expand beyond the motorcycle theory test and into the practical motorcycle exam.


The practical motorcycle exam is separated into two parts. The first is a manoeuvre based assessment and the second is 'on the road riding'. The car test on the other hand is one continuous test with manoeuvres incorporated into the exam.


Riding a motorcycle is very different to operating a car. First and foremost a motorcycle is much more powerful, with riders much more exposed. Therefore, knowing how to handle a motorcycle is why the manoeuvres test is so important. If you're unable to manoeuvre a motorbike appropriately you could present a danger to yourself and other road users.

What does the manoeuvres test consist of?

A slowing riding exercise, where you will be asked to ride alongside your examiner at a gentle pace
You'll be asked to tackle a slalom and figure of eight exercise, riding around traffic cones
You will be asked to perform walking and riding U-turn exercises, featuring use of motorcycle stands
You will need to perform a curve, whilst riding in second or third gear, maintaining a minimum speed of 30kph (approximately 19mph)
A joint avoidance and breaking exercise at a minimum speed of 50kph (approximately 31mph)

Performing an emergency stop at a minimum speed of 50kph (approximately 31mph)


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