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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 / Waikato

Alistair Todd

Hamilton

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

Choice Driver Training
Denise Harris, Scott Harris

Whitianga

| Mobile: 021 177 6494
Email: denscott@hotmail.co.uk
Website: choicedrivertraining.co.nz
Alternative phone 021 150 4439

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

George Norridge

South Waikato

| Phone: 07 2613061 evenings only | Mobile: 027 492 4628

Grant Gibb

Hamilton

| Mobile: 021 533 774

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

King Country Driver Training
Colin Manion

43 Bell Road
Manunui
Taumarunui 3994

| Phone: 07 896 6607 | Mobile: 027 295 9704
Email: c.manion@xtra.co.nz

Malcolm Outterside

Whitianga/Thames

| Mobile: 027 2870024
Email: eastcoast.automotive@xtra.co.nz

Pro Rider Ltd
Dugal Matheson

Waikato

| Phone: 09 976 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Pro Rider Ltd
Howard Mansell

Hamilton

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

Pro Rider Ltd
John Redman

Hamilton

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

Pro Rider Ltd
Karel Pavich

Hamilton

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

Pro Rider Ltd
Kevin Kinghan

Waikato

| 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

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

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