Motorcycle control (Module two)

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Motorcycle control skills for MOD 2 test

Motorcycle control involves the five basic controls

Candidates must demonstrate good motorcycle control throughout the Module Two test. This extends to effective use of the five basic controls (clutch, throttle, gear lever, front and rear brake). Good steering control, slow control manoeuvring along with use of switch-gear, lights, indicators and horn must also be demonstrated by the candidate. Throttle control must be smooth, progressive and used with good clutch control to aid smooth gear changes and in particular when using slow control.

Good motorcycle control requires both brakes to be used safely and effectively throughout the test. Both brakes are used together, when upright, travelling in a straight line and slowing down from higher to lower speeds. The front brake should only be used when the bike is upright and travelling in a straight line. The rear brake is used on its own at slow speed or where there is input into the handlebars when steering or cornering.

The examiner will assess ability to corner safely

In conjunction with brake and speed control, candidates must ensure the correct gears are selected giving adequate engine control, such that the bike does not labour or over-rev. At junctions, candidates must be in full control of the motorbike’s position and demonstrate good steering control. In bends, the examiner will be assessing the candidate’s ability to corner safely by utilising effective steering, speed and position.

Key points to remember:

  • Use a flat wrist on the throttle to maintain full control
  • Clutch control should be delicate and deliberate
  • Always select the correct gear
  • Use correct brake control throughout the test
  • Good speed control is the key to effective steering
  • Ensure good balance when conducting slow control
  • Use the ancillary controls where necessary

“Don’t rush changing up the gears and fully release the clutch between each change. Also, balancing the clutch and throttle is imperative to steering out of the junctions using slow speed control.” – Russell Binns, Motorcycle Instructor & Advanced Riders (IAM & RoSPA)

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