You must pass the basic handling skills test before you can get your class 6 learner licence. This is to make sure you have basic riding skills before you begin to ride on the road.
You’ll need to practise some basic motorcycle handling skills off the road, before you go for your licence. You can either do this on private property – not on a road, or take lessons with an approved basic handling skills course provider.
You’ll sit the test with an examiner who’s been approved by Waka Kotahi.
Normally, you’ll need to provide the motorcycle to take the test on. The motorcycle must be a LAMS-approved motorcycle and, because you’re an unlicensed rider, you can’t ride the motorcycle to the test venue. Some test examiners may supply motorcycles, so check when you book the test.
LAMS-approved motorcycles include:
Some motorcycles with engine capacities of 250cc and under are prohibited for use by learner and restricted riders.
If you use your own motorcycle for the test you must:
You must also bring identification, preferably photo ID, to verify your identity.
Motorcycles such as pit bikes, mini bikes, paddock bikes, mopeds and junior-sized motorcycles can’t be used for a basic handling skills test. You won’t be allowed to take the skills test if you turn up with one of these bikes.
During the test you’ll be asked to perform the following:
You’ll need to show:
Reasons you would fail the basic handling skills test include if you:
Note: this isn’t a complete list. To find out more about the test criteria go Basic handling skills test (BHST)