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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, 90 KB]

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers

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Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Canterbury

A J Longbottom
AJL Driver Training

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 349 4787 | Mobile: 021 02559192
Email: ajl273trices@xtra.co.nz

Caron Bedwell
CnB (Carz n Bikez) Training Ltd

Christchurch & Timaru

| Mobile: 027 533 2108
Email: training@cnbtraining.nz
Website: www.learntoridemotorcycles.nz

Clive Chapman
Ornsby Motorcycle Training

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0508 676 729
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Dan Ornsby
Ornsby Motorcycle Training

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0508 676 729 | Mobile: 0274 823 510
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Duncan Seed
2 Drive Safe Rider Training

Canterbury – Christchurch & Rangiora

| Freephone: 0508 863 748 | Mobile: 021 734 484
Email: info@2drivesafe.com
Website: www.2drivesafe.com

Glenn Hayward
CnB (Carz n Bikez) Training Ltd

Christchurch

| Mobile: 021 275 3824
Email: training@cnbtraining.nz
Website: www.learntoridemotorcycles.nz

Hank Randall
Ornsby Motorcycle Training

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0508 676 729
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Jared Cantlon
Ornsby Motorcycle Training

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0508 676 729
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Khris Dore

Rolleston/Christchurch

| Mobile: 027 433 5849
Email: khris.dore@applieddriving.co.nz
Website: www.applieddriving.co.nz/motorcycles

Mary Ann Dunn
2 Drive Safe Rider Training

Canterbury - Christchurch & Rangiora

| Freephone: 0508 863 748
Email: info@2drivesafe.com
Website: www.2drivesafe.com

Mike Flowers
Mainland Motorcycle School

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 974 3136
Email: info@motorcycleschool.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycleschool.co.nz

Neville Cross
Advance Driver and Rider Training

Timaru, Waimate, Ashburton, MacKenzie (subject to numbers)

| Phone: 03 688 3748 | Mobile: 027 6883748
Email: nc@adtnz.co.nz
Website: www.adtnz.co.nz

Steven Orpwood
Ornsby Motorcycle Training

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0508 676 729
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

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