New bike test module for Northern Ireland

This one slipped through the net...

Last Monday (8th) saw the introduction of a new bike test module for learners in Northern Ireland. Previously the test consisted of a theory module together with an on-road practical examination, but this has been extended with a third module of motorcycle manoeuvres.

The 30-minute test is the result of an EU directive, and consists of:

  • A slow riding exercise, with the candidate riding alongside the examiner at walking pace.

  • A slalom and figure of eight exercise.

  • Walking and ridden ‘U’ turn exercises and use of the motorcycle stands.

  • A curve, ridden in second or third gear at a minimum speed of at least 30 km/h (18.75mph).

  • A combined avoidance and braking exercise at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (31.25mph).

  • An emergency braking exercise at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (31.25 mph).

The new module was launched by NI Environment Minister Sammy Wilson, himself a keen biker, who said: "It is important that motorcyclists are fully equipped for the challenges they will face on the road. The new motorcycle manoeuvres test will enable examiners to test core skills in an off-road environment."