At this point, you are only two tests away from having your full motorcycle licence and being free to ride a motorcycle without L-plates! This page will tell you everything you need to know about the practical test.

The practical, including the DAS consists of two parts: Module 1 and Module 2, both of which may be taken either sequentially (one after the other), or at different stages of your training; which approach you go with will depend on your motorcycling school or instructor and your personal preference.

Booking your practical test can be done online or by phone, the easiest way, of course, is online and can be done at the gov.uk website.

Click here for the gov.uk practical test booking page

Requirements

Before you take either of the tests, you need the following documentation:

  • Your Theory test pass certificate (if you are not exempt from taking the theory test)
  • Both the photocard and paper parts of your provisional licence or full driving licence.
  • Your CBT certificate of completion
  • Your appointment letter or booking number
  • If you are bringing a bike that has been mechanically restricted to A2 power, you must bring proof of restriction in the form of headed paper from a main dealer or recognised specialist – a dyno test certificate will not be accepted.

 

You will need to turn up with a bike that is suitable for the test you are taking:

  • AM – A solo moped of at least 50cc, limited to 28mph
  • A1 – A light motorcycle of 120cc to 125cc and a minimum power of 14.75hp (11kW), capable of at least 55mph
  • A2 – A medium motorcycle of at least 395cc, ranging between 26.8hp and 47hp (20kW and 35kW)
  • A – An unrestricted motorcycle of at least 595cc and 53.4hp (40kW)

 

You’re also going to need the following riding gear:

  • A motorcycle helmet that meets British safety standards (if you are a Sikh and wear a turban this doesn’t apply)
  • Riding boots or sturdy footwear that provides support and ankle protection
  • Textile or leather motorcycle trousers or heavy denim trousers
  • A textile or leather motorcycle jacket or heavy denim jacket with several layers underneath
  • Riding gloves

Module 1 – The Off-Road Module

The first module will take place off-road at an official DVSA Multi-Purpose Test Centre and to assess your ability to handle the motorcycle and to perform essential manoeuvres.

This test takes around 20 minutes and will be performed in a ‘motorcycle manoeuvring area’.

The test will include:

  • Wheeling the moped or motorcycle and using the stand
  • Riding a slalom and figure of eight
  • Slow riding
  • a U-turn
  • Cornering and hazard avoidance
  • Cornering and a controlled stop
  • Cornering and the emergency stop

 

The minimum speed at which you will do the hazard avoidance and emergency stop exercises is around 31mph for motorcycles and 19mph for mopeds. If you don’t reach the required minimum speed, don’t worry, you will be given a second chance to do the exercises again.

Once you have performed all the manoeuvres to the required standard, you will be issued with a pass certificate. If you fail, you must wait three working days before being eligible to retake it.

Module 2 – The On-Road Module

The second and final module will start at a DVSA test centre then proceed onto the road. In addition to the paperwork required for Module 1, you must also bring your Mod1 pass certificate

At the test centre you will undergo an eyesight test in which you have three attempts to correctly read a numberplate from a distance of 20 meters (20.5 if it is an old-style number plate). You are allowed to wear any glasses or contact lenses that you use normally. If you cannot read the numberplate, the test will end there.

You will then be asked two safety questions, one of which will involve showing the examiner how to perform a certain safety check on the motorcycle you are using. You will have learnt most of the answers to these questions during the course of your motorcycling lessons but you can find a full list of possible questions here. If you are performing the category A test you will also be asked a pillion related question.

One or more incorrect answers will result in a fault and a mark against your final result.

After the safety questions you will be briefed and have a radio fitted and tested before you head out onto the road, following directions from the examiner.

In the road test you will ride in a variety of different road and traffic conditions. You’ll be asked to carry out various manoeuvres during the course of the test, including:

  • normal stops
  • an angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)
  • a hill start
  • left and right turns onto and off of main roads

You will then embark on 10 minutes of independent riding in which you will be assessed on your ability to ride safely while making your own decisions.

During the independent riding section you will be asked to follow traffic signs, a series of directions, or a combination of the two to a specific destination. You will be shown a diagram beforehand to help you with the route.

Throughout the independent riding section, your examiner will be assessing your ability to:

  • make appropriate progress
  • show confidence and good judgement
  • keep up with traffic while maintaining a safe distance
  • react correctly to road signs and speed limits
  • choose the correct speed for the current situation, such as type of road, traffic density and weather
  • be aware of other road users and what they are doing

 

Don’t worry about going off route, if you do, this will not affect your result unless you make a riding fault in doing so, so don’t panic! Concentrate on your riding first, your route second. You will be guided back on the route if you go the wrong way; this is an assessment of your riding skills, not your sense of direction.

If there are degraded or obscure traffic signs, your examiner will give you directions.

After about 40 minutes of on-road riding, you will return to the test centre where you will be informed of your result.

Now you know what’s going to happen on test day, you should use this knowledge as a basis for your solo practice leading up to the test. The next page will offer useful advice for before and during the test.

Practical Motorcycle Test – Helpful Tips >