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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, 1.6 MB]

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

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers

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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

Tauranga/Whakatane/Rotorua

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

Pro Rider Ltd

Tauranga

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Pro Rider Ltd
Dugal Matheson

Bay of Plenty

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Pro Rider Ltd
Kevin Kinghan

Bay of Plenty

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Revs Motorcycle Training
Mark Revill-Johnson

Rotorua/Tauranga/Cambridge

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

Western Bay Riding
Christine (Chrissy) Dougherty

Tauranga/Bay of Plenty

| Freephone: 0800 923 000 | Mobile: 027 2966 494
Email: chrissydoc3@gmail.com
Website: www.drivewbd.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

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