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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, 103 KB]

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers

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Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Auckland

Absolute
Paul Laugalis

Auckland West

| Mobile: 027 4966 029
Email: laugalisp@gmail.com

Accelerated Rider Training
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

Auckland Riderskills
Philip McDaid

Auckland

| Phone: 09 555 7374 | Mobile: 021 710 792
Website: www.riderskills.co.nz

Benjamin Alexander-Witty

Auckland

| Mobile: 021 077 0386
Email: b.alexanderwitty@gmail.com

Brian Riley

Pukekohe

| Mobile: 027 935 5815
Email: bnriley371@gmail.com

Douglas Swanson

North Shore

| Phone: 09 412 2201 | Mobile: 021 202 0386
Email: dougandjacky@gmail.com

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

Pukekohe

| Mobile: 021 916 653
Email: ian.a.davison@gmail.com

Morne De Lange

Auckland West

| Mobile: 021 174 5091

Neil Collings

Whangarei & Mangawhai

| Mobile: 021 182 7258
Email: n.collings@icloud.com

Passmasters Rider Training
Chris Smith

South Auckland, Pukekohe and Waiuku

| Mobile: 021 02366503
Email: info@passmasters.nz
Website: www.passmasters.nz

Passmasters RiderTraining
Ross McGreevy

South Auckland/Pukekohe

| Phone: 09 236 0464 | Mobile: 021 285 9503

Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

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

Pro Rider Ltd
Aaron Carr

Auckland

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

Pro Rider Ltd
Colin Bamforth

Auckland

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

Pro Rider Ltd
Dugal Matheson

Auckland

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

Pro Rider Ltd
Grant Greenwood

Auckland

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0580 776 743
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Pro Rider Ltd
Howard Mansell

Auckland

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

Pro Rider Ltd
Jared Greenwood

Auckland/Hamilton/Waikato

| Phone: 09 976 3456 | Freephone: 0580 776 743
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Pro Rider Ltd
John Hammond

Auckland/Whangarei/Northland

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

Pro Rider Ltd
John Redman

Auckland

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

Pro Rider Ltd
Karel Pavich

Auckland

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

Pro Rider Ltd
Ken Nightingale

Auckland

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

Pro Rider Ltd
Kevin Kinghan

Auckland

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

Pro Rider Ltd
Mark Jones

Auckland

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

Pro Rider Ltd
Paul Pavletich

Auckland

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

Pro Rider Ltd
Vinodh (Neil) Singh

Auckland

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: office@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 Motorcycle Training
Michael Tang

Auckland

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

Roadcraft School of Motorcycling
Bill Warner

North Shore, Silverdale & Orewa

| Mobile: 021 554 749
Email: bill58warner@gmail.com
Website: www.rcsom.co.nz

Safe Learner Motorcycle School
Chris Stratford

Auckland Central

| Mobile: 021 321 661

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