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Motorcycle Module 2 test Safety Questions


Safety Questions - Module 2 Motorcycle test

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These are the safety questions that are asked on your Module 2 practical motorcycle test BEFORE moving off.

These questions are asked in pairs and may be in the format of "TELL ME" or "SHOW ME"

Identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil

Identify where to check level, i.e. dipstick or sight glass. Explain that level should be between max and min marks. For dipstick remove dipstick and wipe clean, return and remove again to check oil level against max/min marks. For sight glass, ensure glass is clean when checking;

Show me how you would check that the horn is working on this machine (off road only)

Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary);

Identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic fluid

Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings;

Tell me how you would check that the lights and reflectors are clean and working

Explanation only: Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), identify reflectors. Check visually for cleanliness and operation;

Tell me how you would check the condition of the chain on this machine

Check for chain wear, correct tension and rear wheel alignment. Tension should be adjusted as specified in the machine handbook. Drive chain should be lubricated to ensure that excessive wear does not take place. Check for "tight" spots";

Show me what checks you would make on the steering movement before using the machine

Handlebars should be free to move smoothly from full left lock to full right lock without any control cables being stretched, trapped or pinched and without any snagging between moving and fixed parts;

Tell me how you would check your tyres to ensure that they are correctly inflated, have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road

Correct tyre pressure settings can be found in the owner's manual. Pressures should be checked using a reliable gauge. Tread depth must be at least 1mm deep, forming a continuous band at least ¾ of the breadth of the tread and all the way around. There should be no lumps, bulges or tears;

Show me how you would check the operation of the brakes on this machine

Check for excessive "play" in the lever and that the front brake works, and releases, by pushing it forward. With the rear brake, check for excessive travel on the brake pedal and for unusual play or sponginess;

Show me how you would check the operation of the engine cut out switch

Operate switch, without the engine being started;

Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light and explain when you would use it. None of our bikes have rear fog lights.

Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use;

Show me how you switch on your headlight from dipped to main beam

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light;

You will also be asked a question about riding with a pillion passenger

How should a pillion passenger be carried on a motorcycle?

Obviously, on the back, facing forwards, holding on to the grab rail or the rider. They must wear an approved helmet that is fastened.

What advice would you give to a pillion passenger?

Do not get on or get off the bike or put your feet down until told to do so.

Do not give any arm signals; do not put your arms out at all.

Wear appropriate clothing.

Do not wear loose clothing.

Lean with the rider in any bend.

What adjustments would you consider making when carrying a pillion?

Headlights, mirrors, footrests, suspension and tyre pressure.

What effect would it have on your bike carrying a pillion?

It would affect your fuel consumption, acceleration, braking, cornering and low speed balance.

How would your balance be affected by carrying a pillion?

It would be adversely affected, especially when cornering and riding at slow speeds.

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Direct Access

Direct Access (You must pass a theory test, or it must still be current if taken previously)

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Take a practical test on a bigger bike. We use Kawasaki Versys and ER6's, Honda NC750 and Yamaha XJ6's. Currently, the bike must be capable of delivering 53.6 brake horse power. This route is known as Direct Access and is only available to people over 24 years of age, or anyone else who has held an "A2" licence for at least two years. Once you pass the "Big Bike" test you can ride any motorbike from day 1.

The Practical Test is the same as for the A1 and A2 Licence but to take advantage of the Direct Access option, you must take lessons with an approved Instructor and be in radio contact. Currently, we have seven Direct Access Instructors, three of whom are trained to Advanced level with the police.

The Direct Access motorcycle training route does not have to be intensive. The best route is the safest route for you. Some people prefer to do their motorbike training on an intensive basis whereas others prefer to take their motorbike lessons on a more ad hoc basis. The bottom line is, "it's your motorcycle test, take sufficient training to help you pass it."

There MAY be cahnges to the way motorcycle tests are conducted once the full effect of BREXIT kicks in but, for the time being, the above represents the route. 

Remember, passing your motorbike test is a 40 minute experience, riding safely is for life and at Valley Bike School, safety comes first.

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From CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) through to Advanced motorcycling, we provide it all. Direct Access and Test Preparation form the mainstay of what we offer and whether you do your motorcycle training intensively, or on a lesson by lesson basis, we will not compromise on safety. We will not rush you, or berate you if you make a mistake. We will treat you as you want to be treated, whether you are spending one hour with us or several days. We will tailor your training to meet your needs. Only available at weekends? Then do your training at weekends. Unfortunately, the Driving Standards Agency do not currently offer practical tests at weekends.

We offer motorcycle tuition from advanced trained instructors with a personal touch that makes learning to ride a positive pleasure. Unlike some alleged training schools, we do exist and we provide training from where we say (Brookside Business Park, Burnley Road, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire). Confused by this? Check out some other sites that purport to have Motorcycle trainers in your area. Some don't even exist! Others exist, but somewhere else! 

Rossendale and the surrounding areas, have some of the most beautiful scenery and roads in the North West of England. When you learn to ride a motorbike with Valley Bike School, you will be travelling these roads on a daily basis.

Whether you want to save money by using the two-wheeled option, or whether you want to ride around the World, the long way around, riding a motorbike puts a smile on your face. Time to get your test passed... NOW! 

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