licensing and law
Module 1 and 2 Tests
- Based at DSA regional test centres
- Large off road tarmac area
- 50 Kph (32 Mph) swerve manoeuvre
- 50 Kph (32 Mph) emergency stop
- Slow riding exercise
- Figure of eight
- Wheel machine backwards
- On/off stand
- U turn
- Module one fee - £15.50
DSA Video of how the Module 1 & 2 Test is run. Shown in six parts please see all clips
New two module motorbike test.
A new style motorbike test started on 27th April 2009. Instead of the old test where you are followed on road by an examiner riding a motorbike, now the test has been split into two modules.
Why a new test?
The new test allows you to be tested at set speeds on special manoeuvres in a safe off road environment. It also allows some of the trickier elements such as "U-turn" and "Emergency stop" to be completed off road, thus making the on road part easier to complete.
Here you will be asked to do some specific manoeuvres that have to be at minimum speeds of 50kph or 30kph. There is also some slow riding to be tested, a u-turn, emergency braking and exercises showing you can control your bike.
Module 1 certificate liked to theory certificate
When you pass module 1 you will be given a pass certificate you need to keep. The module 1 certificate is linked to your theory test certificate so make sure you pass the next module before your theory test runs out.
The second module is on road.
This is very similar to the old style test where you are followed by an examiner with a radio link between you. This module is recommended to be taken about 10 days later on from Module 1. The reason being that if you have Module 1 & 2 booked close toegether and you fail the first part for any reason, then the DSA will not allow your Module 2 to go ahead and they will not refund the fee. This is why it is safer to split the two modules by about 10 days.
When you have passed both modules that’s it.
Well done you have a full bike licence for the sort of vehicle you were tested on.
17+ to take a 125cc motorcycle test
19+ to take a 46bhp restricted test
24+ to take a Direct Access unlimited power/cc test
Documents you will need
- CBT certificate – this is also called a DL196.
- Theory test pass certificate.
- Provisional driving licence – remember you need the paper counterpart as well as the plastic card - or an old style paper licence with a valid passport.
- If using your own bike you should take insurance documents and MOT certificate should it need one.
What else will you need?
- Boots that protect your ankle – without these you will be turned away
- Sensible riding gear that keeps you safe, in particular a minunimum of tough unripped jeans –, jacket, gloves and a legal helmet. If you don't turn up wearing gear suitable for safe riding then the DSA will not conduct the test.
- Insurance for your bike if not on one of Camrider’s school bikes
What is the test like? Is it easier or harder?
We have taken hundreds of real life pupils to the actual tests conducted by the DSA. We found that candidates passed easily with just a little bit of instruction first. In fact one pupil passed module one after just CBT and 4 additional sessions of riding instruction from us, even though they had never ridden before!
The feedback we have is that pupils find the test easier. Particularly as the emergency stop and U-turn are now done off road on clean tarmac with no camber or kerbs to worry about.
We anticipate the test pass rate to rise for those that learn the key elements first.
What happens if I fail Module 1?
You have to leave a gap of three clear working days in order for you to take more training so you can pass on the next attempt.
You can’t progress to module 2 until you have passed module 1. If you have booked the modules to be on consecutive days or you are unable to give Camrider 10 clear working days notice of cancellation then unfortunately you won’t be able to sit the module 2 and you will have lost your DSA fee! Also if you have booked a lesson with an instructor to take you to test then this still needs to go ahead as just a training lesson without the test.
We recommend leaving a 10 working day gap between your module 1 and 2 tests, so should you need to re-sit then there is no problem with rescheduling. It's ok to book consecutively if this is what you really want. We just want riders to know the implications of not passing module 1 with a module 2 booked within the cancellation period.
What happens if I fail Module 2?
If you fail module 2 then you apply to re-sit just that element. The DSA policy is that you need to leave 10 clear working days before the next test to allow you time to take more training.
Remember that your module 1 pass certificate is linked to your theory test certificate. If your theory test expires then you will need to re-sit both the theory test and the module one test.
How much does test or retest cost?
We hope you won't need a re-test – but if you do…
|Module 2||£75 (Mon to Fri)|
|Module 2 (Saturday)||£88.50 (Where offered)|
The cost of a test session/lesson with bike and instructor is on our prices page.
You will need to book an instructor to give you additional instruction and to accompany you to the test centre. Our customer advisers help you though the process and we pre-book tests and retests for you so life is easier and more convenient. Do remember Camrider have a pass rate exceeding 84% so we hope this talk of re-tests is not going to be needed!
What is different about the new motorcycle test?
The new two part test has extra and more demanding special exercises that must be completed off road. It also allows some of the exercises that were done on road, to be completed on the off road site. The new testing elements for the module one include:
- At least two exercises carried out at slow speed, including a slalom
- at least two exercises carried out at higher speed, of which one exercise should be in second or third gear, at a speed of at least 30 kph
- one exercise avoiding an obstacle at a minimum speed of 50 kph
- at least two braking exercises, including an emergency brake at a minimum speed of 50 kph
Motorcycle Manoeuvering Right Circuit
The diagrams show the proposed layout of the manoeuvring area. On the day of the test, candidates will be asked by the examiner to demonstrate their riding ability on either a left-hand or right-hand circuit.