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MOD 2 motorcycle training key skills (MOD 2 Academy)

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Understanding essential MOD 2 motorcycle skills

During the MOD 2 motorcycle test, the examiner will need to witness competency in all essential motorcycle skills. Skill levels required to pass the MOD 2 motorcycle test are significantly more advanced than those required for Compulsory Basic Training and test candidates are advised to utilise this MOD 2 Academy alongside sufficient DVSA certified Module Two motorcycle training.

15. Use of stands

Use of motorcycle stands on module two test
During the Module Two test, candidates can fail due to clumsy use of stands, leading to a ‘dropped’ motorcycle. [watch video]

16. Moving away

Moving away
Pulling away can lead to problems for candidates who fail to listen to the ‘move away when ready’ instruction. [watch video]

17. Control

Motorcycle control skills for MOD 2 test
This requires effective clutch, throttle, gears, brakes and steering control, plus switch-gear, lights, indicators etc. [watch video]

18. Rear observations

Rear observations
Missed observations are at least minor faults, but can also be recorded as serious faults, leading to test failure. [watch video]

19. Signals

Signalling mistakes can easily result in a test fail. Riders must remember that a signal is an ‘indication’ only. [watch video]

20. Obstructions

Clearance & obstructions
All test routes have obstructions. Key are effective observations, judgement, positioning, speed and clearance. [watch video]

21. Response to signs

Responding to road signs on a motorcycle - MOD 2
The examiner will assess a candidate’s observation of and response to road signs, speed limits and road markings. [watch video]

22. Use of speed

Use of speed & speed limits
Examiners assess speed limit compliance, plus a riders appropriate & safe use of speed per traffic conditions [watch video]

23. Following distance

Following distances
Allowance for stopping distance creates opportunity for a rider to react safely to what is happening ahead. [watch video]

24. Progress

Maintaining progress
Things to avoid include too much speed, overuse of brakes, along with excessive stopping and starting. [watch video]

25. Judgement

Judgement whilst riding a motorcycle
Judgement is assessed – passing parked vehicles, overtaking, filtering & crossing the path of other vehicles. [watch video]

26. Road positioning

Road positioning
The technically correct position is not always the safest, but the safest position is nearly always correct. [watch video]

27. Crossings

Pedestrian crossings - MOD 2 bike test
Failure to stop at a pedestrian crossing when required to do so, will result in a failed Module Two test. [watch video]

28. Stop position

Normal stop position
With normal stops, examiners expect to see effective observation, planning, positioning, slow control & indication [watch video]

29. Planning

Awareness & planning
Examiners want candidates looking far enough ahead to ensure that forward awareness & planning is possible. [watch video]

30. Cornering

Motorcycle cornering & bends
Candidates must understand how to safely corner (incl. counter steering) before attempting the MOD 2 test. [watch video]

31. Traffic lights

Traffic lights - tips for motorcycle riders
Traffic lights, their sequence, how filter lights work, where ‘lifesavers’ & rear observations are vital & cycle lanes. [watch video]