Test manoeuvres during the practical riding test

During the practical riding test, you’ll be tested on a number of specific manoeuvres. The information on this page will help you practice these manoeuvres before you take the test.

Left turn and stop in the box

Make a left turn through marked yellow lines. Make a smooth, non-skidding stop with the ‘contact patch’ of the front tyre completely inside the white painted box.

The test is done at whatever speed, and in whatever gear you choose.

Points are accumulated for:

  • Touching the yellow lines or putting your foot on the ground, during the left turn
  • Skidding either wheel or stopping with the ‘contact patch’ of the front tyre outside the white painted box. On the line is considered outside the box.
Diagram of the left turn and stop in the box manoeuvre as described in the text.

Cone weave and U-turn

Proceed around the cones by riding to the left of the first cone, to the right of the second and so on, weaving past all five cones. Make a right (clockwise) ‘U-turn’ within the box, formed by the yellow lines.

This test is done at whatever speed, and in whatever gear you choose. After completing the U-turn, stop near to where the testing officer is standing.

Points are accumulated for:

  • Hitting a cone, skipping a cone, or putting your foot on the ground
  • Touching the yellow lines or putting your foot on the ground during the U-turn.
Diagram of the cone weave and u-turn manoeuvre as described in the text.

Braking

On the testing officer’s signal, proceed between the blue and yellow cones, at a speed of 20-25km/h.

When the front edge of your front tyre passes the yellow cones, begin braking to bring your motorcycle to a complete stop as quickly and as safely as you can.

If you’re under 20km/h, you’ll be asked to perform a second stop.

If you brake early, or prepare your brakes before the yellow cones, you’ll be asked to perform a second stop.

If you’re under 20km/h or brake early on the second attempt, it will be considered a fail.

Points are accumulated for:

  • Incorrect stopping distances
  • Skidding either wheel.
Diagram of the braking manoeuvre as described in the text.

Obstacle turn

On the testing officer’s signal, proceed between the blue and yellow cones, at a speed of 20-25km/h.

When the front edge of your front tyre passes the yellow cones, steer to the right or left (the side the testing officer is standing on), to avoid hitting the half tennis ball. Then, turn back in before hitting the side blue lines, and ride through the marked exit.

If you’re under 20 km/h, you’ll be asked to perform a second turn.

If you turn early, or prepare to turn before the yellow cones, you’ll be asked to perform a second turn.

If you’re under 20 km/h, or turn early on the second attempt, a fail will be recorded.

Once you’ve completed the obstacle turn, bring your motorcycle back to where the testing officer is standing.

Points are accumulated for:

  • Hitting a half tennis ball, either blue line, or not riding through the exit lane - a fail will be recorded.
  • Turning to the incorrect side (you must turn to the side that the testing officer is standing on) - a fail will be recorded.
Diagram of the obstacle turn manoeuvre as described in the text.
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