Stage 1: Basic handling skills test (6L)
The basic handling skills test is the first step in your roadcraft and is designed to fit in with the graduated licensing system to enable the novice rider to develop their skills in a safe environment prior to applying for the NZTA Motorcycle Leaner licence (Class 6L) and taking the Motorcycle theory test.
This test is provided as a first step in motorcycling and is aimed at familiarising the rider with the techniques required to start, stop and control a motorcycle.
On successful completion of the test, the rider is presented with a certificate that can be used as part of the process to gain a learner licence.
The Basic handling skills test consists of four stages:
- Basic turn and stop
- Figure of eight and park
- Linking figures of eight
- Increased speed and emergency stop
Each stage is broken down into varying combinations of the following tasks:
- Move off
- Straight ride
In completing the tasks above you will be assessed against the relevant test items below:
- Looking in the correct direction
- Signalling correctly
- Making head checks before changing position
- Lateral position of motorcycle
- Control of motorcycle
- Using appropriate speed
- Parking observation
- Parking movement.
Test animation and criteria (please click play button below)
Great overview of what is expected of you
These basic fundamentals to motorcycle roadcraft are covered:
- Motorcycles and their controls
- Basic safety checks and the use of stands
- Wheeling the motorcycle and braking to a stop
- Starting and stopping the engine
- Riding in a straight line and stopping
- Riding slowly
- Using the brakes
- Changing gear
- Riding curves
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Instruction is carried out in 1.5 or 2.5 hour blocks which also includes the Basic Handling Skills Test on completion of their instruction. This gives the Learner rider a chance to put their new skills to the test and see how they measure up against the NZTA required skill level to gain their Basic Handling Skills Certificate, which is a prerequisite to gaining your Learner Licence.. All instruction is carried out by our NZTA Certified Instructors. Motorcycle hire is available upon request, please contact us to find out more.
Riderqual is proud to now offer a complimentary Ride Forever ‘Bronze’ Training (Tauranga) to every rider who completes our Basic Handling Skills Test.
» Find out what you can ride on a Learner Licence.