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Motorcycle basic handling skills 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.

Motorcycle basic handling skills test diagram.

What is involved in a basic handling skills 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 is broken down into varying combinations of the following tasks:

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

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.

As the new basic handling skills test is a more difficult test 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).

See more about the criteria for these skills in The official New Zealand road code for motorcyclists. You can buy a copy from most driver licensing agents or booksellers.

Test animation and criteria

The basic handling skills test animation provides detailed information about the test in an animated format:




The basic handling skills test criteria provides detailed information about the test in a written format:




Where to find providers of basic handling skills tests

Here are some basic handling skills test providers. Also check with your local driver licensing agent or motorcycle dealer.

 

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Auckland

Anthony Williams
Silverdale and Ardmore
027 090 7330
Bill Warner
Roadcraft School of Motorcycling
North Shore, Silverdale & Orewa
021 554 749
0800 453 7766
rcsom@xtra.co.nz
www.rcsom.co.nz
Chris Smith
South Auckland, Pukekohe and Waiuku
021 02366503
passmastersnz@yahoo.co.nz
Chris Stratford
Safe Learner Motorcycle School
Auckland Central
021 321 661
David Tomkins
Auckland & Waihi
027 458 3297
Dawn White
Rider Training NZ
Auckland
021 033 4766
0800 576 273
info@ridertraining.co.nz
(Note: 080 LRN2RD
www.ridertraining.co.nz
txt 021 0334766)
Dayal Phillips
Albany, Warkworth and Wellsford
09 423 9698
021 421 632
Douglas Swanson
North Shore
09 416 5096
021 202 0386
Frederic Bardon
Passrite
Auckland Central
021 599 711
Ian Davison
Auckland South

09 294 9129
Michael Tang
Riderskills Motorcycle Training
Auckland

09 418 1911
021 101 3498
Mohammed Kalim
Auckland
09 832 5786
0274 757176
Morne De Lange
Auckland West
021 174 5091
Neil Collings
Warkworth Driving Academy
Orewa, Warkworth and Wellsford
09 425 0557
021 182 7258
warkworthdrivingacademy@hotmail.com
warkworthdrivingacademy.com
Patricia (Tricha) O'Connor
Roadcraft School of Motorcycling
North Shore, Silverdale & Orewa
021 269 3246
triciaoconnor@xtra.co.nz
www.rcsom.co.nz
Philip McDaid
Riderskills
Auckland West
021 710 792
0800 245 387
www.riderskills.co.nz
Trevor Birchall
Auckland Central, Auckland South
09 266 0092
021 701 466
www.motorcycleriding.co.nz
Wayne Holden
Holden Driver Training
Auckland
027 444 5816
0800 8555 752
holdendrivertraining@hotmail.com
www.holdendrivertraining.co.nz

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Bay of Plenty

Bill Hadley
Tauranga
07 543 3967
0275 743 377
bill@riderqual.co.nz
www.riderqual.co.nz
Christine Welch
Western Bay Riding
Tauranga/Bay of Plenty
021 888 865
0800 923 000
info@drivewbd.co.nz
www.drivewbd.co.nz
Gordon Sherwood
Kawerau
07 323 8288
022 6323 534
Kev Roberts
The Bike Academy
Tauranga/Bay of Plenty
07 927 1340
022 5080100
thebikeacademynz@gmail.com
www.thebikeacademy.co.nz
Mark Revill-Johnson
RVC Driving Limited - Driver & Rider Training
Rotorua
07 345 3768
021 217 9996
mark@rvcdriving.com
www.rvcdriving.com
Wayne Holden
Holden Driver Training
Tauranga
027 444 5816
0800 855 7521
holdendrivertraining@hotmail.com
www.holdendrivertraining.co.nz

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Canterbury

Dan Ornsby
Dan Ornsby Motorcycle Training
Christchurch
03 980 8933
0274 823 510
0508 676 729
info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
www.motorcycletraining.co.nz
Duncan Seed
2 Drive Safe Rider Training
Canterbury - Christchurch & Rangiora
021 734 484
0508 863 748
info@2drivesafe.com
www.2drivesafe.com
Juelaine Keen
Temuka
03 615 9588
Mike Flowers
Mainland Motorcycle School Ltd
Christchurch
03 974 3136
info@motorcycleschool.co.nz
www.motorcycleschool.co.nz
Neville Cross
Advance Driver and Rider Training
Timaru, Waimate, Ashburton, MacKenzie (subject to numbers)
03 688 3748
027 6883748
nc@adtnz.co.nz
www.adtnz.co.nz
 

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Gisborne

Ada Kennedy
Gisborne
06 868 3844
027 306 2247
rosesdrivertrainingservices@xtra.co.nz
Murray Atkins
Passrite Driving Academy
Gisborne/Bay of Plenty/Hawkes Bay
0274 574 561
(Note: Gisborne office 0282 552 9416)

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Hawke's Bay

Bruce Franklin
Napier/Hastings
06 839 5899
021 103 1334
Bruce Porter
Alert Rider Training
Napier, Hastings, Hawkes Bay
06 844 8492
027 310 6383
bport_tutor@hotmail.com
Chris Smith
Hastings, Napier and Havelock North
021 02366503
passmastersnz@yahoo.co.nz
David McNicol
School Road
Matamau
Dannevirke
06 374 5988
027 318 9449
d.mcnicol@clear.net.nz

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Manawatu/Wanganui

Daryl McKirdy
Levin
027 430 6294
David McNicol
School Road
Matamau
Dannevirke
06 374 5988
027 318 9449
d.mcnicol@clear.net.nz
Ed Winiana
Foxton
04 232 7050
027 248 6950
ed@tranzskills.co.nz
Glen Christensen
0800 2 wheels
Wanganui
06 344 4294
027 4832062
tgtc@xtra.co.nz
www.08002wheels
(Note: 0800 2 WHEELS)
Glenn Christensen
0800 2 wheels
Palmerston North
06 344 4294
027 4832 062
tgtc@xtra.co.nz
www.08002wheels.co.nz
(Note: 0800 2 WHEELS)
Sean Rooney & Brendan Graham
Driver (Rider) Training Services
Palmerston North
027 403 5918
thebikeschool@coolkiwi.co.nz

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Nelson/Marlborough/Tasman

Jason Howcroft
Nelson
021 706 852
www.Nelsonmotorbiketraining.co.nz
John Laing
Marlborough Motorcycle Riding School
Blenheim
03 577 6663
021 08288713
johnlaing.mt@xtra.co.nz
www.motorbikeschool.co.nz
Kevin Guthrie
Nelson
021 238 0553
www.Nelsonmotorbiketraining.co.nz
 

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Northland

Dayal Phillips
Northland
09 423 9698
021 421 632
Lance Goulsbro
Whangarei & Dargaville
021 147 4344
Laurence Anderson
Morewa
09 404 1274
Neil Collings
Warkworth Driving Academy
Orewa, Warkworth and Wellsford
09 425 0557
021 182 7258
warkworthdrivingacademy@hotmail.com
Steve Rossell
Kerikeri
09 405 9771
021 0710518
 

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Otago

Brian Frew
Southland & Central Otago
03 230 4326
Grant Somers-Edgar
Dunedin
03 482 1053
021 132 5663
grantedgar@vodafone.net.nz
www.dunedindrivingschool.co.nz
Kaye Rowell
Queenstown
03 442 7073
027 623 3534
krowell@xtra.co.nz
Margaret Burrell
Oamaru
03 439 5355
027 256 6018
rbmech@xtra.co.nz
www.rbmdrivertraining.co.nz
Neil McKenzie
c/- Drivetech Limited
156 Longbush Road
RD1
Invercargill
03 230 4326
0508 237483
info@drivetech.co.nz
www.drivetech.co.nz
Warren Joyce
Dunedin
03 454 4184
027 485 1695
www.dunedindrivingschool.co.nz
William Batt
Otago & Southland
03 235 8289
William Kidney
Otago & Southland
03 489 6516
021 264 9598

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Southland

Brian Frew
Drivetech Limited
156 Long Bush-South Road
RD1
Invercargill
03 230 4326
0508 237483
info@drivetech.co.nz
www.drivetech.co.nz
Neil McKenzie
C/- Drivetech Limited
156 Longbush Road
RD1
Invercargill
03 230 4326
0508 237483
info@drivetech.co.nz
www.drivetech.co.nz

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Taranaki

Ian Lanfear
Lanfear Driver & Rider Training
133 Powderham Street
New Plymouth 4310
06 759 6959
027 759 6959
0800 333 390
ian.lanfear@xtra.co.nz
Michael Ratu
Stratford
06 765 6882
027 350 7631
Peter Gulliver
Hawera
06 278 8180
021 454 439
 

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Waikato

Colin Manion
Taumarunui
07 896 6607
027 295 9704
Denise Harris
Whitianga
021 177 6494
Frank Fransen
160 Meadowmarsh Road
RD 4
Hamilton
07 824 1897
027 675 8845
Grant Gibb
Hamilton
021 533 774
James Missen
Hamilton
07 846 3735
0275 130 733
Mark Revill-Johnson
RVC Driving Limited - Driver & Rider Training
Rotorua
07 345 3768
027 217 9996
mark@rvcdriving.com
www.rvcdriving.com
R.E (Ward) Fischer
Hamilton Motorcycle Riding School
P.O. Box 9414
HAMILTON 3240

07 854 7971
0274 423423
(Note: http://www.roaduser.co.nz/ Skype: ward.fischer http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=52626512258)
Ron Agnew
Ron Agnew Driver Education
301 Fergusson Drive
Moanataiari
PO Box 400
Thames
07 868 6888
07 868 6888
027 458 8200
agnewdriving1@yahoo.co.nz
www.agnewdriving.kiwi.nz
(Note: Thames Valley/Coromandel Peninsula)
Steven Gane
Te Awamutu
027 412 5000
Wayne Holden
Holden Driver Training
Hamilton, Morrinsville, Matamata
027 444 5816
0800 855 752
holdendrivertraining@hotmail.com
www.holdendrivertraining.co.nz

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Wellington

Andrew Templeton
Roadsafe Motorcycle Riding Techniques Limited
Wellington
04 232 0110
027 245 9510
0800 237 623
admin@roadsafe.co.nz
www.roadsafe.co.nz
David McNicol
School Road
Matamau
Dannevirke
06 374 5988
027 318 9449
d.mcnicol@clear.net.nz
Gary Hardgrave
Masterton
06 370 9010
027 6433 133
Keith Savage
Stephens Driving School Ltd
Lower Hutt
021 2467769
0800 425 423
info@stephensdrivingschool.co.nz
Leigh Elliott
Upper Hutt
04 526 8138
021 0559492
info@bikerbasics.co.nz
www.bikerbasics.co.nz
Lyynne Templeton
Roadsafe Motorcycle Riding Techniques Limited
Wellington
04 232 0110
027 434 9038
0800 237 623
admin@roadsafe.co.nz
www.roadsafe.co.nz
Nicholas Sargent
Streetwise Driving School
Wellington
04 389 9797
021 896140
bookings@streetwisenz.co.nz
www.streetwisenz.co.nz
Ross Gratton
Two Bald Bikers Motorcycle Training
Lower Hutt
027 453 7377
ross@twobaldbikers.co.nz
(Note: book online at www.twobaldbikers.co.nz)
Stephen Wickens
12 Makaro Street Elson Porirua
04 237 5950
027 288 5712
(Note: Additional phone: 04 239 9963)
Stuart Nelson
Two Bald Bikers Motorcycle Training
Lower Hutt
027 372 6114
stuart@twobaldbikers.co.nz
(Note: book online at www.twobaldbikers.co.nz)

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West Coast

Eddie van der Westhuizen
West Coast
03 768 9019
Malcolm White
Westland School of Driving
West Coast
03 768 4912
Robert Stanger
Greymouth
03 768 9998
(Note: Extension 722)