How to use motorcycle stands (MOD 2 test tips)

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Use of motorcycle stands on module two test

Good use of motorcycle stands is an important aspect of rider safety

Good use of stands is an important aspect of riding a motorcycle and is covered in detail during motorcycle training. Care must be taken in respect of the road surface, road camber and generally ensuring that the stand is fully ‘engaged’. Practice and not rushing are key.

“Once the side-stand is down, give it a little kick forward to make sure it is fully located.” – Russell Binns, Motorcycle Instructor & Advanced Riders (IAM & RoSPA)

Use the motorcycle stand that is more familiar

During the Module Two test, candidates will usually use their motorcycle stands twice, once at the start of the test and again at the end. Be aware that candidates have failed the Module Two test for ‘dropping’ their bike when they thought the stand was securely in place and it was not. If the motorcycle only has a main stand, sufficient practice must be given during training to ensure the candidate is properly prepared and is comfortable using it.

Key points to remember:

  • Use the stand that is more familiar
  • Stow stand away properly when mounting the bike
  • Side stand must be fully down/forward before leaning the bike over
  • For the test, it will be easier to use the side stand
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