There are eleven elements to module one which are carried out on a purpose built manoeuvring area. The area is laid out with red, blue, yellow and green cones. The candidate does not have to memorise the test in full as the examiner will be on hand at each stage to describe what happens next.
Exercise 1 – On and off the stand
The candidate must first park the motorcycle on either stand so that the machine is nose-first in a ‘box’ of four green cones representing a parking area 2.5 metres wide.
Exercise 2 – Wheel the machine
The motorcycle must then be taken off the stand and pushed backwards in a semi-circle into another ‘box’ of four green cones. The conventional method is to be alongside the nearside of the machine with the left hand on the handlebar and push backward with the right hand gripping the seat or some convenient hand hold at the rear of the bike.
Exercise 3 – Slalom
A slalom through five yellow cones must be executed. The cones are spaced at 4.5 metre intervals, few candidates should find this too difficult.
Exercise 4 – Figure of eight
Following straight on from the slalom the rider must then immediately perform two consecutive figure-of-eight manoeuvres around two blue cones positioned (6 metres apart) at the end of the slalom. Good clutch and balance control will be essential.
Exercise 5 – 30kph/19mph circuit ride
Next is riding the machine through a curve (of 19metre radius) following a long and wide line of red cones at a speed of at least 19mph. This then leads into the next exercise.
Exercise 6 – 50 kph/32mph avoidance
As the candidate exits the curve sufficient acceleration must be applied so the machine travels at least 32mph as it passes through a speed measuring device. Having passed the 1.5 metre wide speed trap the candidate must make a swerve to pass through two blue cones offset to one side. At this point the next exercise follows on immediately.
Exercise 7 – Controlled stop
The machine should be brought to a controlled stop with the front wheel coming to rest in the middle of a ‘box’ of four blue cones which are placed 1.5 metres wide and 1 metre deep.
Exercise 8 – U-turn
Two white lines (representing kerbs) are painted 7.5 metres apart so a standard U-turn can be executed. This appears to be easier than the old style test as there is no traffic, kerbs or cambers to deal with. Effective observations are to be carried out as if you were on a public road.
Exercise 9 – Slow ride
The candidate must ride the machine at walking speed next to the examiner in a straight line for a distance of 17 metres between two pairs of green cones which are 3.1 metres apart.
Exercise 10 – 30kph/19mph circuit ride
The candidate must repeat exercise five (circuit ride) in the same direction as before and must pass through the speed trap and register at least 32mph.
Exercise 11 – 50kph/32mph emergency brake
The final exercise is an emergency stop at over 32mph. The distance or time taken to stop is not measured; however when the examiners raise their hand the rider must respond quickly and keep the machine under full control until stationary.