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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 / 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

Rightway Driving Academy (Kapiti) Ltd
Peter Hookham

Kapiti Coast

| Mobile: 021 537 294
Email: rightwaykapiti@gmail.com
Website: www.rightwaydriving.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

Stephens Driving School Ltd
Keith Savage

Lower Hutt

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

Zdrivertraining
Quentin McKay

51 Ribble Street
Island Bay
Wellington

| Mobile: 021 1059 454
Email: zdrivertraining@gmail.com
Website: http://zdrivertraining.com

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