Motorbike Theory Test, Things You Need to Know about as a Learner

Dreaming of ruling the roads on your motorbike? Then you should first earn a driving licence to become legally eligible to ride a bike on public roads in UK. However, getting a motorbike licence is not very easy and the process involves a sequence of steps to successfully accomplish the tasks and prove your eligibility to ride a motorbike safely on roads. The basic requirement for riding a motorcycle in UK is that the rider should be of minimum 17 years of age. After completing the motorcycle CBT (compulsory basic training), you can earn a DL196 certificate. The next step to be accomplished is to earn a provisional motorbike licence, which entitles the rider to operate a motorbike on roads, based on certain restrictions until getting upgraded to a full car of motorcycle licence.

The major restrictions for provisional licence riders are that they can only ride a motorbike up to 125 cc with power output limitation of 11kW. Also 'L-plates' should be displayed on the front and rear of the vehicle. These are D-plates in Wales. Also, the provisional licence holders are not supposed to carry a pillion passenger while riding on the public motorways. The provisional moped licence is valid for a maximum period of 2 years within which one has to upgrade to full licence version. To attain the same, one has to prepare well and pass the motorbike theory test as well as practical tests to prove his knowledge about the road rules as well as the riding skills.

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The Motorbike Theory Test

The first task to be accomplished by motorbike licence aspirants is to appear for and pass the motorbike theory test. This is a computer-based test of multiple-choice questionnaire, which comprises of two parts. One has to get the pass mark in both the sessions independently to pass the test. The rider must pass both parts in order to receive the motorcycle theory test certificate, which is needed to apply for the practical test. However, one important thing to be remembered is that those who are failing in the motorbike practical session after passing the motorbike theory test will have to sit again for the theory test and pass it in order to go ahead with a second attempt for the practical.

For those who are preparing for the motorbike theory test practice, there are a lot of books as well as CDs and DVDs available for reference. There are a lot of websites also providing assistance and there are many question banks with practice questions related to the theory test, but not the actual questions on real test. In September 2011, the Driving Standard Agency (DSA) published the new training material for theory test with a huge database of questions. The motorbike theory test is comprehensively designed to check ones knowledge about the theory of motorbike riding, and more specifically to check the right practices as well as the rules to be followed on the public roads as a rider.

The theory test you need to pass in order to obtain the motorbike licence comprise of a wide range of topics related to handling a motorcycle safely. The Driving Standards Agency has designed the test basically in 14 categories, which cover all the possible information one should have to ride a bike and the topics covered in each do overlap considerably. We would discuss below the various topics related to the information sought after in the theory test in order to have a better understanding and scope of the material that must be used to prepare for the bike licence theory test.

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Different Topics Covered in Motorbike Theory Test

One of the major modules covered is about the 'alertness' of the riders, which comprise of the different aspects related to the matters of observation, concentration, anticipation, distraction of alertness, road sense and awareness etc. This portion may have questions related to what the driver needs to be aware of as a lifesaver while driving. Another topic covered is the 'attitude' and the different aspects of consideration, priority, courtesy, and close following on roads. For example, some questions in this section may be intended to test the rider's know-how about the concept of tailgating (very closely following) or in another case like what is the colour of the beacon light used by a doctor in case of an emergency? (Ans: green) etc.

Majority of the questions in the theory test can be related to the matter of 'safety'. There may be questions about the proper functioning of the machine parts and the potential danger of malfunctioning. Say for example, what would be the safety hazard of a loose motorbike chain if not checked and corrected in time? There may be other questions also related to the weather hazards or road conditions during different seasons, like a question on the after-effects of the marking lines on the road becoming slippery on getting wet during rainy season. Of course, questions related to the danger of drunken driving are frequently asked and most of the time the sure-shot questions one can expect. Questions like the national motorway speed limit (Ans:70 mph) etc. can also be there in the questionnaire.

The other questions that will be in the motorbike theory test may be related to the consequences of bad driving practices and violation of the road rules. A typical question in this session may be like what will happen if one gets six penalty points in the first two years after getting the licence? The concept is that you should be well aware of the consequences of violating the rules. Having essential knowledge regarding the road rules is very important to answer these questions. In the above-mentioned case, getting six penalty points in first two years of riding may end up in losing the full motorbike licence of the rider. In such a situation, one needs to start from applying for the provisional licence all over again and go through the entire process. There may be many similar questions related to testing the knowledge related to the bad behaviour and hazard awareness, in which most frequently the subject being addressed will be the hazards related to drinking and driving.

You can refer to the DSA's website for more information related to the theory test practice as well as the motorbike theory test price. On successfully completing the motorbike theory test, you will get a clearance certificate, which will be valid for 2 year's time period. This certificate is mandatory to take you on to the actual motorcycle practical test. In case if you do not take or pass for the second level of testing in 2 year's time, then the theory certificate will get expired and you need to attend it again.

Happy and safe riding
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