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What is involved in a basic handling skills test, resources to help you pass one, and where to go to sit a test.

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.

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.

Talk to your test provider about your training

It is recommended that you discuss with your selected provider 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 (your provider will be able to help you with this).

More information about the skills required for a basic handling skills test

Test criteria

Watch detailed information about the test in animated format:

Download the test criteria in written format [PDF, 2.6 MB]

Download Factsheet 28: Learning to ride – getting your motorcycle licence [PDF, 94 KB]

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers

Auckland

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Auckland

Chris Smith

South Auckland, Pukekohe and Waiuku

| Mobile: 021 02366503
Email: passmastersnz@yahoo.co.nz

David Horner

Northshore/Takapuna/Auckland, Albany/The Bays

| Freephone: 0800 124 530 | Mobile: 021 970 648
Email: david@motorbiketrainingnorthshore.co.nz
Website: www.MotorbikeTrainingNorthshore.co.nz

Douglas Swanson

North Shore

| Phone: 09 416 5096 | Mobile: 021 202 0386

Drivetime
Phillip Powell

15 Noble Street
Waiuku

| Mobile: 022 653 2701
Email: phillip@drivetime.co.nz
Website: www.drivetime.co.nz
Auckland/Northland/Hamilton

Ian Davison

Auckland South

| Phone: 09 294 9129

Morne De Lange

Auckland West

| Mobile: 021 174 5091

Passrite
Frederic Bardon

Auckland Central

| Mobile: 021 599 711

Pro Rider Ltd
Phillip Powell

Auckland

| Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: admin@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Rider Training NZ
Dawn White

Auckland

| Freephone: 0800 576 273 | Mobile: 021 033 4766 (text)
Email: info@ridertraining.co.nz
Website: www.ridertraining.co.nz

Riderskills
Philip McDaid

Auckland West

| Freephone: 0800 245 387 | Mobile: 021 710 792
Website: www.riderskills.co.nz

Riderskills Motorcycle Training
Michael Tang

Auckland

| Phone: 09 418 1911 | Mobile: 021 101 3498

Roadcraft School of Motorcycling
Bill Warner

North Shore, Silverdale & Orewa

| Freephone: 0800 453 7766 | Mobile: 021 554 749
Email: rcsom@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.rcsom.co.nz

Roadcraft School of Motorcycling
Patricia (Tricha) O'Connor

North Shore, Silverdale & Orewa

| Mobile: 021 269 3246
Email: triciaoconnor@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.rcsom.co.nz

Safe Learner Motorcycle School
Chris Stratford

Auckland Central

| Mobile: 021 321 661

Trevor Birchall

Auckland Central, Auckland South, Ngatea

| Phone: 07 867 7774 | Mobile: 021 701 466
Website: www.motorcycleriding.co.nz

Warkworth Driving Academy
Neil Collings

Orewa, Warkworth and Wellsford

| Phone: 09 425 0557 | Mobile: 021 182 7258
Email: warkworthdrivingacademy@hotmail.com
Website: warkworthdrivingacademy.com

Bay of Plenty

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Bay of Plenty

Bill Hadley

Tauranga

| Phone: 07 543 3967 | Mobile: 0275 743 377
Email: bill@riderqual.co.nz
Website: www.riderqual.co.nz

Eduquip Motorcycle School
Gordon Sherwood

23 Jellicoe Court, Kawerau

| Phone: 07 323 4005 | Mobile: 022 6323 534
Email: bhsebop@gmail.com
Website: facebook.com/BHSEBoP

Revs Motorcycle Training
Mark Revill-Johnson

Rotorua

| Freephone: 0800 687 387
Email: mark@revs.co.nz
Website: www.revs.co.nz

Western Bay Riding
Christine Welch

Tauranga/Bay of Plenty

| Freephone: 0800 923 000 | Mobile: 021 888 865
Email: info@drivewbd.co.nz
Website: www.drivewbd.co.nz

Canterbury

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Canterbury

2 Drive Safe Rider Training
Duncan Seed

Canterbury – Christchurch & Rangiora

| Freephone: 0508 863 748 | Mobile: 021 734 484
Email: info@2drivesafe.com
Website: www.2drivesafe.com

Advance Driver and Rider Training
Neville Cross

Timaru, Waimate, Ashburton, MacKenzie (subject to numbers)

| Phone: 03 688 3748 | Mobile: 027 6883748
Email: nc@adtnz.co.nz
Website: www.adtnz.co.nz

AJL Driver Training
A J Longbottom

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 349 4787 | Mobile: 021 02559192
Email: ajl273trices@xtra.co.nz

CnG Moto Ltd
Caron Bedwell

Christchurch

| Mobile: 027 531 1072
Email: training@cngmoto.co.nz
Website: www.learntoridemotorcycles.co.nz

Dan Ornsby Motorcycle Training
Dan Ornsby

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0508 676 729 | Mobile: 0274 823 510
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Mainland Motorcycle School Ltd
Mike Flowers

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 974 3136
Email: info@motorcycleschool.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycleschool.co.nz

Gisborne

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Gisborne

Ada Kennedy

Gisborne

| Phone: 06 868 3844 | Mobile: 027 306 2247
Email: rosesdrivertrainingservices@xtra.co.nz

Passrite Driving Academy
Murray Atkins

Gisborne/Bay of Plenty/Hawkes Bay

| Phone: 0282 552 9416 (Gisborne | Mobile: 0274 574 561

Hawke's Bay

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Hawke's Bay

Alert Rider Training
Bruce Porter

Napier, Hastings, Hawkes Bay

| Phone: 06 844 8492 | Mobile: 027 310 6383
Email: bport_tutor@hotmail.com

Bruce Franklin

Napier/Hastings

| Phone: 06 839 5899 | Mobile: 021 103 1334

Chris Smith

Hastings, Napier and Havelock North

| Mobile: 021 02366503
Email: passmastersnz@yahoo.co.nz

David McNicol

School Road, Matamau, Dannevirke

| Phone: 06 374 5988 | Mobile: 027 318 9449
Email: d.mcnicol@clear.net.nz

Manawatu-Wanganui

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Manawatu-Wanganui

0800 2 wheels
Glen Christensen

Palmerston North/Whanganui

| Phone: 06 344 4294 | Freephone: 0800 2 WHEELS | Mobile: 027 4832 062
Email: tgtc@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.08002wheels.co.nz

Daryl McKirdy

Levin

| Mobile: 027 430 6294

David McNicol

School Road, Matamau, Dannevirke

| Phone: 06 374 5988 | Mobile: 027 318 9449
Email: d.mcnicol@clear.net.nz

Ed Winiana

Foxton

| Phone: 04 232 7050 | Mobile: 027 248 6950
Email: ed@tranzskills.co.nz

Nelson-Marlborough-Tasman

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Nelson-Marlborough-Tasman

Jason Howcroft

Nelson

| Mobile: 021 706 852
Website: www.Nelsonmotorbiketraining.co.nz

Kevin Guthrie

Nelson

| Mobile: 021 238 0553
Website: www.Nelsonmotorbiketraining.co.nz

Marlborough Motorcycle Riding School
John Laing

Blenheim

| Phone: 03 577 6663 | Mobile: 021 08288713
Email: johnlaing.mt@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.motorbikeschool.co.nz

Northland

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Northland

Drivetime
Phillip Powell

15 Noble Street
Waiuku

| Mobile: 022 653 2701
Email: phillip@drivetime.co.nz
Website: www.drivetime.co.nz
Auckland/Northland/Hamilton

Lance Goulsbro

Whangarei & Dargaville

| Mobile: 021 147 4344

Laurence Anderson

Morewa

| Phone: 09 404 1274

Warkworth Driving Academy
Neil Collings

Orewa, Warkworth and Wellsford

| Phone: 09 425 0557 | Mobile: 021 182 7258
Email: warkworthdrivingacademy@hotmail.com

Otago

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Otago

Brian Frew

Southland & Central Otago

| Phone: 03 230 4326

Grant Somers-Edgar

Dunedin

| Phone: 03 482 1053 | Mobile: 021 132 5663
Email: grantedgar@vodafone.net.nz
Website: www.dunedindrivingschool.co.nz

Kaye Rowell

Queenstown

| Phone: 03 442 7073 | Mobile: 027 623 3534
Email: krowell@xtra.co.nz

Margaret Burrell

Oamaru

| Phone: 03 439 5355 | Mobile: 027 256 6018
Email: rbmech@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.rbmdrivertraining.co.nz

Neil McKenzie

c/- Drivetech Limited, 156 Longbush Road, RD1, Invercargill

| Phone: 03 230 4326 | Mobile: 0508 237483
Email: info@drivetech.co.nz
Website: www.drivetech.co.nz

Warren Joyce

Dunedin

| Phone: 03 454 4184 | Mobile: 027 485 1695
Website: www.dunedindrivingschool.co.nz

William Batt

Otago & Southland

| Phone: 03 235 8289

William Kidney

Otago & Southland

| Phone: 03 489 6516 | Mobile: 021 264 9598

Southland

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Southland

Brian Frew

C/- Drivetech Limited, 156 Long Bush-South Road, RD1, Invercargill

| Phone: 03 230 4326 | Freephone: 0508 237483
Email: info@drivetech.co.nz
Website: www.drivetech.co.nz

Neil McKenzie

C/- Drivetech Limited, 156 Longbush Road, RD1, Invercargill

| Phone: 03 230 4326 | Mobile: 0508 237483
Email: info@drivetech.co.nz
Website: www.drivetech.co.nz

Taranaki

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Taranaki

Don McLachlan

New Plymouth

| Freephone: 0800 559 462 | Mobile: 027 559 4628
Email: donmclachlan@xtra.co.nz

Lanfear Driver & Rider Training
Ian Lanfear

133 Powderham Street, New Plymouth 4310

| Phone: 06 759 6959 | Freephone: 0800 333 390 | Mobile: 027 759 6959
Email: ian.lanfear@xtra.co.nz

Michael Ratu

Stratford

| Phone: 06 765 6882 | Mobile: 027 350 7631

Peter Gulliver

Hawera

| Phone: 06 278 8180 | Mobile: 021 454 439

Waikato

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Waikato

Alistair Todd

Hamilton

| Mobile: 027 296 0580
Email: atodd@windowslive.com

Colin Manion

Taumarunui

| Phone: 07 896 6607 | Mobile: 027 295 9704

Denise Harris

Whitianga

| Mobile: 021 177 6494

Drivetime
Phillip Powell

15 Noble Street
Waiuku

| Mobile: 022 653 2701
Email: phillip@drivetime.co.nz
Website: www.drivetime.co.nz
Auckland/Northland/Hamilton

Frank Fransen

160 Meadowmarsh Road, RD 4, Hamilton

| Phone: 07 824 1897 | Mobile: 027 675 8845

Grant Gibb

Hamilton

| Mobile: 021 533 774

Hamilton Motorcycle Riding School
R.E (Ward) Fischer

P.O. Box 9414, Hamilton 3240

| Phone: 07 854 7971 | Mobile: 0274 423423
Website: www.roaduser.co.nz
Skype: ward.fischer
www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=52626512258

Holden Driver Training
Wayne Holden

Waikato

| Freephone: 0800 855 7521 | Mobile: 027 444 5816
Email: holdendrivertraining@hotmail.com
Website: www.holdendrivertraining.co.nz

James Missen

Hamilton

| Phone: 07 846 3735 | Mobile: 0275 130 733

Revs Motorcycle Training
Mark Revill-Johnson

Rotorua

| Freephone: 0800 687 387
Email: mark@revs.co.nz
Website: www.revs.co.nz

Ron Agnew Driver Education
Ron Agnew

301 Fergusson Drive, Moanataiari, PO Box 400, Thames

| Phone: 07 868 6888 | Mobile: 027 458 8200
Email: agnewdriving1@yahoo.co.nz
Website: www.agnewdriving.kiwi.nz
Thames Valley/Coromandel Peninsula

Steven Gane

Te Awamutu

| Mobile: 027 412 5000

Wellington

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Wellington

David McNicol

School Road, Matamau, Dannevirke

| Phone: 06 374 5988 | Mobile: 027 318 9449
Email: d.mcnicol@clear.net.nz

Gary Hardgrave

Masterton

| Phone: 06 370 9010 | Mobile: 027 6433 133

Leigh Elliott

Upper Hutt

| Phone: 04 526 8138 | Mobile: 021 0559492
Email: info@bikerbasics.co.nz
Website: www.bikerbasics.co.nz

Roadsafe Motorcycle Riding Techniques Limited
Andrew Templeton

Wellington

| Phone: 04 232 0110 | Freephone: 0800 237 623 | Mobile: 027 245 9510
Email: admin@roadsafe.co.nz
Website: www.roadsafe.co.nz

Roadsafe Motorcycle Riding Techniques Limited
Lyynne Templeton

Wellington

| Phone: 04 232 0110 | Freephone: 0800 237 623 | Mobile: 027 434 9038
Email: admin@roadsafe.co.nz
Website: www.roadsafe.co.nz

Stephen Wickens

12 Makaro Street, Elston, Porirua

| Phone: 04 237 5950 or 04 239 99 | Mobile: 027 288 5712

Stephens Driving School Ltd
Keith Savage

Lower Hutt

| Freephone: 0800 425 423 | Mobile: 021 2467769
Email: info@stephensdrivingschool.co.nz

Streetwise Driving School
Nicholas Sargent

Wellington

| Phone: 04 389 9797 | Mobile: 021 896140
Email: bookings@streetwisenz.co.nz
Website: www.streetwisenz.co.nz

Two Bald Bikers Motorcycle Training
Ross Gratton

Lower Hutt

| Mobile: 027 453 7377
Email: ross@twobaldbikers.co.nz
Website: www.twobaldbikers.co.nz

Two Bald Bikers Motorcycle Training
Stuart Nelson

Lower Hutt

| Mobile: 027 372 6114
Email: stuart@twobaldbikers.co.nz
Website: www.twobaldbikers.co.nz

West Coast

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / West Coast

Eddie van der Westhuizen

West Coast

| Phone: 03 768 9019

Petre (Peter) Kalinowski

Greymouth

| Phone: 03 789 8849 | Mobile: 022 011 7001
Email: roadcraft@outlook.co.nz
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Roadcraft-NZ/

Robert Stanger

Greymouth

| Phone: 03 768 9998 ext 722

Westland School of Driving
Malcolm White

West Coast

| Phone: 03 768 4912

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