Learn­ing to ride with… Kawasaki Rider Train­ing Ser­vices

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Think­ing about get­ting on two wheels? This step-by-step guide will fol­low com­plete begin­ner Justin through the process as he gets his hands on a mo­tor­cy­cle li­cence with Kawasaki Rider Train­ing Ser­vices. This time he tack­les the fi­nal part of the process, his Mod­ule Two test. WHAT’S IN­VOLVED IN THE MOD­ULE TWO TEST?

Dur­ing your Mod­ule Two test you’ll be judged on your abil­ity to ride safely on the road, in ac­cor­dance with the High­way Code – and it’ll take around an hour to com­plete. The test is bro­ken down into four sep­a­rate seg­ments, which are: An eye­sight check ‘Show me, tell me’ ve­hi­cle safety ques­tions Road rid­ing In­de­pen­dent rid­ing Right, let’s get into specifics. For the eye­sight check you’ll be ex­pected to read a num­ber plate from a dis­tance of 20.5 me­tres – and you’ll fail your test if you fail the eye­sight check – and for the ‘show me, tell me’ part of the test, you’ll be asked a cou­ple of ques­tions re­lat­ing to ve­hi­cle safety which test that you know how to carry out ba­sic safety checks.

Now it’s time to get out on the road. Your ex­am­iner will hook you up with a one-way com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem so they can give you direc­tions – and away you go. Through­out the du­ra­tion of the test, you’ll be asked to carry out nor­mal stops, an an­gle start (pulling out from be­hind a parked ve­hi­cle) and a hill start (where pos­si­ble).

You’ll also have to un­der­take about 10 min­utes of in­de­pen­dent rid­ing, which is de­signed to as­sess your abil­ity to ride safely while mak­ing your own de­ci­sions. Don’t worry though, if you for­get the in­struc­tions, you can ask the in­struc­tor to re­peat the direc­tions if you for­get them – and you won’t fail the test if you go off the route ei­ther, pro­vid­ing you re­act ap­pro­pri­ately.

Through­out the test, your ex­am­iner will make a note of dan­ger­ous faults – these in­volve ac­tual dan­ger to you, the ex­am­iner, the pub­lic or prop­erty – se­ri­ous faults – which are po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous – and rid­ing faults – which aren’t nec­es­sar­ily dan­ger­ous, but could be­come se­ri­ous if you keep mak­ing the same mis­take.

You’ll pass Mod­ule Two if you make no se­ri­ous or dan­ger­ous faults (or ‘ma­jors’) and no more than 10 rid­ing faults (or ‘mi­nors’). Just re­mem­ber that the test is sim­ply about show­ing that you have full con­trol over the mo­tor­cy­cle, while con­stantly as­sess­ing your en­vi­ron­ment for risks, and you should be fine.

If you’ve al­ready been out on the road reg­u­larly (rid­ing on a CBT cer­tifi­cate), you should al­ready be pretty well equipped to deal with the Mod­ule Two test – but no mat­ter your level of ex­pe­ri­ence, make sure you put in the prac­tice and get some proper train­ing in (to en­sure any bad habits are picked up and worked on in time for your test).

If you pass the ex­am­iner will tell you what faults you made, if any, and give you a pass cer­tifi­cate. If you don’t pass, you’ll have to book an­other test (at least 10 days later, and try again). Here are a few handy tips that it’s worth mak­ing a note of be­fore you at­tempt your Mod­ule Two:

Make sure you’re kit­ted out with the ap­pro­pri­ate safety gear. Although you are not of­fi­cially be­ing graded on what you are wear­ing, you need to en­sure your gear meets your ex­am­iner’s ex­pec­ta­tions.

Make sure you’ve got your UK photo card driv­ing li­cence, CBT cer­tifi­cate, and the­ory and Mod­ule One pass cer­tifi­cates with you.

Brush up on your High­way Code – you need to know what’s ex­pected of you to be con­sid­ered safe on the road.

Try and re­lax. You know what’s ex­pected, so just ride as you would nor­mally, and try to for­get that the ex­am­iner is scru­ti­neer­ing your ev­ery move.

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