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What is involved in a basic handling skills test, resources to help you pass one, and where to go to sit a test.

Before applying for a motorcycle learner licence you must pass a basic handling skills test. This test ensures that you have the necessary skills to ride safely on the road once you obtain your learner licence.

Four stages in the test

The basic handling skills test consists of four stages:

  • basic turn and stop
  • figure of eight and park
  • linking figures of eight
  • increased speed and emergency stop

Each stage has various tasks

Each stage is broken down into varying combinations of the following tasks:

  • move off
  • straight ride
  • corner
  • stop
  • park

Each task has assessment items

In completing the tasks above you will be assessed against the relevant assessment items below:

  • looking in the correct direction
  • signalling correctly
  • making head checks before changing position
  • lateral position of motorcycle
  • control of motorcycle
  • using appropriate speed
  • parking observation
  • parking movement.

Talk to your test provider about your training

It is recommended that you discuss with your selected provider any training and practice you may have undertaken. This will help you to determine if you are ready to sit the test, or if you require additional training and practice (your provider will be able to help you with this).

More information about the skills required for a basic handling skills test

Test criteria

Watch detailed information about the test in animated format:

Download the test criteria in written format [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Download Factsheet 28: Learning to ride – getting your motorcycle licence [PDF, 90 KB]

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers

Auckland

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Auckland

Aaron Carr
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Benjamin Alexander-Witty

Auckland

| Mobile: 021 077 0386
Email: b.alexanderwitty@gmail.com

Brian Riley

Pukekohe

| Mobile: 027 935 5815
Email: bnriley371@gmail.com

Callan Riles
Passmasters Rider Training

Auckland

| Phone: 09 947 9409 | Mobile: 021 479 408
Email: info@passmasters.nz
Website: www.passmasters.nz

Christopher Sinclair
Passmasters Rider Training

Auckland/Pukekohe

| Phone: 09 947 9409 | Mobile: 027 479 408
Email: info@passmasters.nz
Website: www.passmasters.nz

Damian Woolfall
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

David Horner
Accelerated Rider Training

Northshore/Takapuna/Auckland, Albany/The Bays

| Phone: 09 363 2757 | Mobile: 021 970 648
Email: david@acceleratedridertraining.co.nz
Website: www.AcceleratedRiderTraining.co.nz

Dawn White
Rider Training NZ

Auckland

| Freephone: 0800 576 273 | Mobile: 021 033 4766 (text)
Email: info@ridertraining.co.nz
Website: www.ridertraining.co.nz

Douglas Swanson

North Shore

| Phone: 09 412 2201 | Mobile: 021 202 0386
Email: dougandjacky@gmail.com

Dugal Matheson
Lagud Training Ltd

Auckland/Waikato/Bay of Plenty

| Mobile: 021 284 2224
Email: dmridertraining@outlook.com

Grant Greenwood
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Howard Mansell
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Ian Davison

Pukekohe

| Mobile: 021 916 653
Email: ian.a.davison@gmail.com

Jared Greenwood
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland/Hamilton/Waikato

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

John Redman
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Karel Pavich
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Kevin Kinghan
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Mark Jones
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Michael Tang
Riderskills Motorcycle Training

Auckland

| Phone: 09 418 1911 | Mobile: 021 101 3498

Morne De Lange

Auckland West

| Mobile: 021 174 5091

Oscar Ketchlove
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Paul Laugalis
Absolute Motorcycle Training

Auckland/Auckland West

| Mobile: 027 4966 029
Email: laugalisp@gmail.com

Paul Pavletich
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Philip McDaid
Auckland Riderskills

Auckland

| Phone: 09 555 7374 | Mobile: 021 710 792
Website: www.riderskills.co.nz

Phillip Powell
Drivetime

15 Noble Street
Waiuku

| Mobile: 022 653 2701
Email: phillip@drivetime.co.nz
Website: www.drivetime.co.nz
Auckland/Northland/Hamilton

Ross McGreevy
Passmasters RiderTraining

South Auckland/Pukekohe

| Phone: 09 236 0464 | Mobile: 021 285 9503

Stephen Potter
Passmasters Rider Training

Pukekohe/Auckland

| Phone: 09 947 9409 | Mobile: 021 479 408
Email: info@passmasters.nz
Website: www.passmasters.nz

Vinodh (Neil) Singh
Competence Zone

Auckland

| Mobile: 022 098 0602
Email: sinvin25@yahoo.com.au
Website: competencezone.co.nz

Bay of Plenty

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Bay of Plenty

Andrew Edgar
Bayride Motorcycle Training

Tauranga/Rotorua/Whakatane

| Freephone: 0800 923 000 | Mobile: 027 817 0104
Email: admin@bayride.co.nz
Website: www.drivewbd.co.nz

Bill Hadley

Tauranga

| Mobile: 0275 743 377
Email: bill@riderqual.co.nz
Website: www.riderqual.co.nz

David Bishara
Top Cat Driver Training

Taupo

| Mobile: 022 645 0091
Email: topcatdrivertraining@gmail.com

Dugal Matheson
Lagud Training Ltd

Bay of Plenty/Waikato/Auckland

| Mobile: 021 284 2224
Email: dmridertraining@outlook.com

Gordon Sherwood
Eduquip Motorcycle School

Tauranga/Whakatane/Rotorua

| Phone: 07 323 4005 | Mobile: 022 6323 534
Email: eduquipmotorcycleschool@gmail.com
Website: facebook.com/BHSEBoP

Kevin Kinghan
Pro Rider Ltd

Bay of Plenty

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Mark Revill-Johnson
Revs Motorcycle Training

Rotorua

| Freephone: 0800 687 387
Email: mark@revs.co.nz
Website: www.revs.co.nz

Neil Stodart
Empowered Journeys

Tauranga

| Mobile: 021 211 5395
Email: empoweredjourneysnz@gmail.com

Canterbury

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Canterbury

A J Longbottom
AJL Driver Training

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 349 4787 | Mobile: 021 02559192
Email: ajl273trices@xtra.co.nz

Caron Bedwell
CnB (Carz n Bikez) Training Ltd

Christchurch & Timaru

| Mobile: 027 533 2108
Email: training@cnbtraining.nz
Website: www.learntoridemotorcycles.nz

Clive Chapman
Ornsby Motorcycle Training

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0508 676 729
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Dan Ornsby
Ornsby Motorcycle Training

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0508 676 729 | Mobile: 0274 823 510
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Duncan Seed
2 Drive Safe Rider Training

Canterbury – Christchurch & Rangiora

| Freephone: 0508 863 748 | Mobile: 021 734 484
Email: info@2drivesafe.com
Website: www.2drivesafe.com

Glenn Hayward
CnB (Carz n Bikez) Training Ltd

Christchurch

| Mobile: 021 275 3824
Email: training@cnbtraining.nz
Website: www.learntoridemotorcycles.nz

Hank Randall
Ornsby Motorcycle Training

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0508 676 729
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Jared Cantlon
Ornsby Motorcycle Training

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0508 676 729
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Khris Dore

Rolleston/Christchurch

| Mobile: 027 433 5849
Email: khris.dore@applieddriving.co.nz
Website: www.applieddriving.co.nz/motorcycles

Mary Ann Dunn
2 Drive Safe Rider Training

Canterbury - Christchurch & Rangiora

| Freephone: 0508 863 748
Email: info@2drivesafe.com
Website: www.2drivesafe.com

Mike Flowers
Mainland Motorcycle School

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 974 3136
Email: info@motorcycleschool.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycleschool.co.nz

Neville Cross
Advance Driver and Rider Training

Timaru, Waimate, Ashburton, MacKenzie (subject to numbers)

| Phone: 03 688 3748 | Mobile: 027 6883748
Email: nc@adtnz.co.nz
Website: www.adtnz.co.nz

Steven Orpwood
Ornsby Motorcycle Training

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0508 676 729
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Gisborne

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Gisborne

Murray Atkins
Wetrainyou / Uride

Gisborne

| Freephone: 0800 891 375 | Mobile: 0274 574 561
Email: wetrainyou@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.wetrainyougisborne.co.nz

Hawke's Bay

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Hawke's Bay

Bruce Franklin

Napier/Hastings

| Phone: 06 839 5899 | Mobile: 021 103 1334

Bruce Porter
Alert Rider Training

Napier, Hastings, Hawkes Bay

| Phone: 06 844 8492 | Mobile: 027 310 6383
Email: bport_tutor@hotmail.com

Ken Nightingale

Hawkes Bay/Napier

| Phone: 06 835 4912 | Mobile: 021 170 1896
Email: kennightingale50@gmail.com

Manawatū-Whanganui

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Manawatū-Whanganui

Daryl McKirdy

Palmerston North

| Mobile: 027 430 6294

Dave Jenkins
Australasian Driver Training Services

P O Box 200
Feilding 4740

| Mobile: 0274 714 861
Email: dave@adts.co.nz

Dave Jenkins
Pro Rider Ltd

Manawatu-Whanganui

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Don Mclachlan

Manawatu/Whanganui

| Freephone: 0800 559 462 | Mobile: 027 559 4628
Email: donmclachlan@xtra.co.nz

Glen Christensen
0800 2 wheels

Palmerston North/Whanganui

| Phone: 06 344 4294 | Freephone: 0800 2 WHEELS | Mobile: 027 4832 062
Email: tgtc@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.08002wheels.co.nz

Nelson-Marlborough-Tasman

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Nelson-Marlborough-Tasman

Jason Howcroft

Nelson

| Mobile: 021 706 852
Website: www.Nelsonmotorbiketraining.co.nz

John Laing
Marlborough Motorcycle Riding School

Blenheim

| Phone: 03 577 6663 | Mobile: 021 08288713
Email: johnlaing.mt@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.motorbikeschool.co.nz

Kevin Guthrie

Nelson

| Mobile: 021 238 0553
Website: www.Nelsonmotorbiketraining.co.nz

Tim Holt
Academy of Motorcycling

Nelson

| Mobile: 022 199 8363
Email: tim@aom.net.nz
Website: www.aom.net.nz

Northland

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Northland

Colin Bamforth
Pro Rider Ltd

Whangarei

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Lance Goulsbro

Northland, Whangarei & Dargaville

| Mobile: 021 147 4344
Email: lmgoulsbro@gmail.com

Laurence Anderson

Morewa

| Phone: 09 404 1274

Neil Collings

Whangarei & Mangawhai

| Mobile: 021 182 7258
Email: n.collings@icloud.com

Phillip Powell
Drivetime

15 Noble Street
Waiuku

| Mobile: 022 653 2701
Email: phillip@drivetime.co.nz
Website: www.drivetime.co.nz
Auckland/Northland/Hamilton

Steve Rossell

Kerikeri

| Phone: 09 405 9771 | Mobile: 021 071 0518

Otago

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Otago

Brian Frew

Southland & Central Otago

| Phone: 03 230 4326

Daniel Love
AA Motorcycle Training

Dunedin & Central Otago

| Phone: 03 477 7309 | Freephone: 0800 223 748
Email: danlove.aadt@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.aa.co.nz/drivers/motorcycle-training/

Debbie Cooper
Debbie Does Driving

Central Otago, Invercargill & Southland

| Mobile: 022 354 4184
Email: debbiedoesdriving@gmail.com
Website: www.debbiedoesdriving.com

Eddie Gilliand

c/- Drivetech Limited, 156 Longbush Road, RD1, Invercargill

| Phone: 03 230 4326 | Mobile: 0508 237483
Email: info@drivetech.co.nz
Website: www.drivetech.co.nz

Grant Somers-Edgar

Dunedin

| Mobile: 021 132 5663
Email: nzcbta@gmail.com
Website: www.dunedindrivingschool.co.nz

Kaye Rowell
Lakes Driving School

Queenstown

| Mobile: 027 623 3534
Email: kaye@lakesdrivingschool.nz
Website: www.lakesdrivingschool.nz

Margaret Burrell

Oamaru

| Phone: 03 439 5355 | Mobile: 027 256 6018
Email: rbmech@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.rbmdrivertraining.co.nz

Warren Joyce

Dunedin

| Phone: 03 454 4184 | Mobile: 027 485 1695
Website: www.dunedindrivingschool.co.nz

William Batt

Otago & Southland

| Phone: 03 235 8289

Southland

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Southland

Brian Frew

C/- Drivetech Limited, 156 Long Bush-South Road, RD1, Invercargill

| Phone: 03 230 4326 | Freephone: 0508 237483
Email: info@drivetech.co.nz
Website: www.drivetech.co.nz

Debbie Cooper
Debbie Does Driving

Invercargill, Southland & Central Otago

| Mobile: 022 354 4184
Email: debbiedoesdriving@gmail.com
Website: www.debbiedoesdriving.com

Eddie Gilliland

C/- Drivetech Limited, 156 Longbush Road, RD1, Invercargill

| Phone: 03 230 4326 | Mobile: 0508 237483
Email: info@drivetech.co.nz
Website: www.drivetech.co.nz

Taranaki

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Taranaki

Caron Bedwell
CnB (Carz n Bikez) Training Ltd

Taranaki

| Mobile: 027 533 2108
Email: training@cnbtraining.nz
Website: www.learntoridemotorcycles.nz

Don Mclachlan

Taranaki/Wellington/Manawatu/Whanganui

| Freephone: 0800 559 462 | Mobile: 027 559 4628
Email: donmclachlan@xtra.co.nz

Ian Lanfear
Lanfear Driver & Rider Training

133 Powderham Street, New Plymouth 4310

| Phone: 06 759 6959 | Freephone: 0800 333 390 | Mobile: 027 759 6959
Email: ian.lanfear@xtra.co.nz

Lance Munroe
Academy of Motorcycling

New Plymouth

| Phone: 06 755 1656 | Mobile: 027 436 7573
Email: lancemunroe@gmail.com
Website: academyofdriving.co.nz

Peter Gulliver

Hawera

| Phone: 06 278 8180 | Mobile: 021 454 439

Waikato

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Waikato

Colin Manion
King Country Driver Training

43 Bell Road
Manunui
Taumarunui 3994

| Phone: 07 896 6607 | Mobile: 027 295 9704
Email: c.manion@xtra.co.nz

David Bishara
Pro Rider Ltd

Taupo

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Denise Harris

Whitianga

| Mobile: 021 177 6494

Denise Harris, Scott Harris
Choice Driver Training

Whitianga

| Mobile: 021 177 6494
Email: denscott@hotmail.co.uk
Website: choicedrivertraining.co.nz
Alternative phone 021 150 4439

Dugal Matheson
Lagud Training Ltd

Waikato/Bay of Plenty/Auckland

| Mobile: 021 284 2224
Email: dmridertraining@outlook.com

Frank Fransen

160 Meadowmarsh Road, RD 4, Hamilton

| Phone: 07 824 1897 | Mobile: 027 675 8845

Howard Mansell
Pro Rider Ltd

Hamilton

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

James Missen

Hamilton

| Phone: 07 846 3735 | Mobile: 0275 130 733

Jared Greenwood
Pro Rider Ltd

Hamilton/Waikato/Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www/prorider.co.nz

John Redman
Pro Rider Ltd

Hamilton

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Karel Pavich
Pro Rider Ltd

Hamilton

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Keith Fletcher

Hamilton/Waikato

| Mobile: 021 116 3847
Email: info@passlane.nz
Website: http://passlane.nz/

Kevin Kinghan
Pro Rider Ltd

Waikato

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Malcolm Outterside

Whitianga/Thames

| Mobile: 027 2870024
Email: eastcoast.automotive@xtra.co.nz

Mark Revill-Johnson
Revs Motorcycle Training

Rotorua/Cambridge

| Freephone: 0800 687 387
Email: mark@revs.co.nz
Website: www.revs.co.nz

Oscar Ketchlove
Pro Rider Ltd

Hamilton/Waikato

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Phillip Powell
Drivetime

15 Noble Street
Waiuku

| Mobile: 022 653 2701
Email: phillip@drivetime.co.nz
Website: www.drivetime.co.nz
Auckland/Northland/Hamilton

Scott Miller
Pro Rider Ltd

Waikato

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Steven Gane

Te Awamutu

| Mobile: 027 412 5000

Wayne Holden
Holden Driver Training

Waikato

| Freephone: 0800 855 7521 | Mobile: 027 444 5816
Email: holdendrivertraining@hotmail.com
Website: www.holdendrivertraining.co.nz

Wellington

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / Wellington

Andrew Templeton
Roadsafe Motorcycle Riding Techniques Limited

Wellington

| Phone: 04 232 0110 | Freephone: 0800 237 623 | Mobile: 027 245 9510
Email: admin@roadsafe.co.nz
Website: www.roadsafe.co.nz

Byron Cummins

Lower Hutt

| Mobile: 021 139 1337
Email: byron@cernz.co.nz
Website: www.aa.co.nz/drivers/motorcycle-training/

Don Mclachlan

Wellington/Kapiti

| Freephone: 0800 559 462 | Mobile: 027 559 4628
Email: donmclachlan@xtra.co.nz

Garry Hardgrave

Masterton

| Phone: 06 370 9010 | Mobile: 027 6433 133

Keith Savage
Stephens Driving School Ltd

Lower Hutt

| Freephone: 0800 425 423 | Mobile: 021 2467769
Email: info@stephensdrivingschool.co.nz

Lynne Templeton
Roadsafe Motorcycle Riding Techniques Limited

Wellington

| Phone: 04 232 0110 | Freephone: 0800 237 623 | Mobile: 027 434 9038
Email: admin@roadsafe.co.nz
Website: www.roadsafe.co.nz

Peter Hookham
Rightway Driving Academy (Kapiti) Ltd

Kapiti Coast

| Mobile: 021 537 294
Email: rightwaykapiti@gmail.com
Website: www.rightwaydriving.co.nz

Quentin McKay
Zdrivertraining.com

Wellington Central

| Mobile: 021 1059 454
Email: contact@zdrivertraining.com
Website: www.zdrivertraining.com

Ross Gratton
Two Bald Bikers

Lower Hutt

| Freephone: 0800 560 022
Email: ross@twobaldbikers.co.nz
Website: www.twobaldbikers.co.nz

Shaun Webb

Lower Hutt

| Mobile: 027 533 2934
Email: shaun@cernz.nz.co
Website: www.aa.co.nz/drivers/motorcycle-training/

Stuart Nelson
Two Bald Bikers

Lower Hutt

| Freephone: 0800 560 022
Email: stuart@twobaldbikers.co.nz
Website: www.twobaldbikers.co.nz

West Coast

Motorcycle basic handling skills providers / West Coast

Petre (Peter) Kalinowski

Greymouth

| Phone: 03 789 8849 | Mobile: 022 011 7001
Email: roadcraft@outlook.co.nz
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Roadcraft-NZ/

Robert Stanger

Greymouth

| Mobile: 027 323 6066

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