If you’re looking to take youryou will want to undergo motorcycle training at one of our training centres in and around the borough. What training you will be required to undergo and what bikes you will be allowed to ride after will depend on your age when at the time of completion.
How the Motorcycle Test Works
You have to first pass a theory test and hazard perception test before you can take your practical motorcycle tests. Then, you’ve got two years to complete your practical test - or you have to take the theory tests again. If you’re taking yourhowever you don’t need to take any theory tests and the Compulsory Basic Training will get you on the road and riding around town immediately - although you will have to adorn your bike or scooter with L-Plates.
When the time comes for you toit will be split into two parts, Module 1, and Module 2. You cannot progress to Module 2 without first passing Module 1 so these will usually take place on different days.
Module 1 will take place within an off-road training area (think lots of cones and road markings) and it will usually take around 15 to 20 minutes to complete.
For this you will be asked to complete several different maneuvers, all of which are there to show that you possess basic motorcycle control.
To start with, you’ll have to push the motorcycle around while you’re off the bike and you’ll need to show that you can use the stand correctly. After that, you will need to perform a series of maneuvers while riding; a slalom and figure of eight, a slow, controlled, ride, a U-turn, cornering and controlled stop, cornering and emergency stop, and the cornering and hazard avoidance maneuver.
Don’t worry, you will cover all these in yourbefore your take your test. The, once you’ve completed them, you will be able to move onto Module 2.
Module 2 is the on-road portion of the test, and is a lot more involved than Module 1. It usually involves riding around your local roads for around 50 minutes or so.
You will head out onto the road in front of the examiner, who will give you directions through a one-way radio (you can hear him, but he can’t hear you!) - this will be something that you would already have gained experience of when taking part in your. The road ride will include stopping, pulling away at an angle from behind a parked car, and a hill start where possible. For a portion of the on-road test you will have to show that you can ride independently, so the instructor will give you a destination, and you will have to reach it by following road signs.
Once this has been completed you’ll be able to hit Croydon high street with full confidence and with the knowledge that you’ve had the best training available.
What if I don’t feel the need to take my full, motorcycle licence yet?
If you’re 17 or under - or you just don’t feel the need or desire to gain your full licence just yet - then the quickest way to two wheels is… The difference this time however is that you can only ride bikes upto 125cc, with a maximum power output of 11kW and that you will have to sport L-Plates on your motorcycle or scooter until you’re ready to advance and move up to your next level of training.