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Pursuit Test

Your training body is only authorised to test you up to a certain standard, so the last step to your full licence is to take the DSA Accompanied Rider Test. If you're taking a restricted licence, you'll take this test on a 125cc, but for direct access you must use a bike of more than 46.6bhp.

On the day of your test you'll turn up at the test centre and wait for the examiner to arrive. He'll introduce himself, check your documents (including at least one piece of identity with a photograph and your signature - this is to combat test fraud). You'll be kitted out with the communication radio, and then take the same eyesight test you took at CBT level. After that you'll go out on the road - bizarrely the examiner might actually follow you in a car rather than on another bike, but bikes are more normal. He'll give you instructions over the radio and he'll be looking for a safe sensible but confident ride. The test will last a maximum of 40 minutes and there are some set elements:  

The U-turn - he'll ask you to push the bike round with the engine switched off, to prove that it will actually turn in the road available (and to check your competence at wheeling the machine safely), then you'll have to successfully complete it whilst riding.
Emergency stop - the emphasis is on stopping quickly in a controlled manner rather than squealing to a halt.
Angle start - you'll park near the rear of a parked vehicle, and then have to set off safely. The examiners looking for good clutch control and balance.
Hill start - this will either happen naturally at a suitable junction or traffic light, or on a hilly stretch or road that's clear of traffic - again clutch control is the key.
Slow ride - he'll walk along, varying his pace, and you'll have to keep pace with him. This is a good test of overall machine control, balance and confidence.
Provided you perform these elements to the examiners satisfaction, and your general standard of riding is considered competent and confident you'll pass.

Once you've got your new licence try not to go completely crazy because the law is watchful of new riders and drivers. If you rack up six penalty points (equal to two minor speeding offences) within the first two years, you will lose your licence and start all over again.

Information reproduced from "What Bike? and Scooter" (summer 2002 issue).

Thinking about learning to ride a motorcycle - then click on the links below for useful information.

Motorcycle News (MCN) is at
DSA is at
RoSPA is at
IAM is at



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