Practical Test including videos
A new practical motorcycle test came into force at the end of April 2009,
In addition to the existing accompanied on-road element (now called Module 2) there is now be a shorter off-road test around cones (Module 1). This will allow the examiner to be sure that the candidate has a very high level of machine control before being allowed on the on-road element.
We have found that most students manage Module 1 with no significant problems although we do need to spend more time practising the slow speed manoeuvres.
Most Students worry about the high speed manovers, but once they have practiced a few times they then realse that they are not difficult,
On the plus side we have found that the Module 2 road ride is now much less of a worry because there are no special manoeuvres.
Almost all of our students have passed the module 2 test 1st time, No faults is not uncommon. and its rare for any of our students to get more than 2 faults.
On the day of the Module 1 test, candidates will be asked by the examiner to demonstrate their riding ability on either the left-hand or right-hand circuit.
We have made a couple of videos to help you better visualise what's involved in Module One of the test.
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR VIDEOS ARE OF THE ORIGINAL CIRCUIT,(We cannot use the test centre to make more and it is illegal to video real tests) YOU NOW DO THE SAME THINGS BUT IN A DIFFERENT ORDER.
We should also point out that the videos were made some months before the test started, we were not aware at that time, but the manoeuvres must be conducted as if you are on a public road. If we had known that some of the observation would have been better.
There has been some debate about the difficulty of getting to the minimum 32mph for the swerve and emergency stop on a 125 in the space provided (you get a second go at each if you fail to get the min speed the first time). The
Here is a DSA Video which is of the Current Circuit layout
When you pass Module 1 you'll given a Pass Certificate that you must present when you take Module 2 (the on-road element) back at the local test centre in Bury St Edmunds.
Module 2 takes about an hour to complete and includes the eyesight test, 2 safety questions, A balance question and a minimum of 35 minutes of on-road riding. The on-road riding will include a variety of road and traffic conditions (in town and on the open road) and will also include normal stops, hill and angle starts.
Here is DSA video of Module 2 there this is Number 5 which is the main part of the ride you could look at the others on You Tube if you like.