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Basic Handling Skills

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Basic Handling Skills

Before applying for a motorcycle learner licence you must pass a Basic Handling Skills test. This test ensures that you have the necessary skills to ride safely on the road once you obtain your learner licence.

It is recommended that you discuss with us any training and practice you may have undertaken. This will help you to determine if you are ready to sit the test, or if you require additional training and practice.

We also recommend you have some one on one riding tuition before you venture out on the roads alone.

You can contact us on 0800 923 000

Four stages in the test

The basic handling skills test consists of four stages:

  • basic turn and stop
  • figure of eight and park
  • linking figures of eight
  • increased speed and emergency stop

Each stage has various tasks

Each stage is broken down into varying combinations of the following tasks:

  • move off
  • straight ride
  • corner
  • stop
  • park

Each task has assessment items

In completing the tasks above you will be assessed against the relevant assessment items below:

  • looking in the correct direction
  • signalling correctly
  • making head checks before changing position
  • lateral position of motorcycle
  • control of motorcycle
  • using appropriate speed
  • parking observation
  • parking movement.



  • $120 Dollars (includes the use of our motorcycle)

Test Criteria

Watch detailed information about the test in animated format: