Motorcycle skills test
The motorcycle skills test is a 15-minute test of basic riding skills like signalling, handling the clutch and throttle, braking and turning.
When can I take the motorcycle skills test?
You take this test after passing the motorcycle knowledge test, but before taking a motorcycle road test.
||Then you can take the motorcycle skills test
|already have a B.C. driver's licence
||after holding a Class 6L motorcycle learner's licence for at least 14 days.
|don't already have a B.C. driver's licence (or are in the graduated licensing program)
||after holding a Class 8L motorcyle learner's licence for at least 30 days.
Note: If you take a course at a certified rider training school, you may be able to skip the regular motorcycle skills test. The school assesses your basic riding skills instead.
What's the test like?
The motorcycle skills test is about 15 minutes long. It takes place in a paved lot at slow speeds.
You're tested on
- identifying the controls on your motorcycle
- pushing the motorcycle (non-powered)
- using hand signals
- using the side stand or centre stand
- riding slowly and straight while using the clutch
- turning, including u-turns or three-point turns
- accelerating and decelerating (may include shifting gears), and
- stopping suddenly.
As you ride, your examiner watches
- how you handle the clutch, throttle and brake controls
- how you shift gears
- whether you keep your feet on the pegs, and
- whether you miss any turns or hit any traffic cones.
To prepare for the motorcycle skills test
- practice in an empty parking lot or other safe area with your supervisor
- while practising, use the Tuning up for riders guide, and
- review the Learn to ride smart guide (formerly RoadSense for Riders).
Booking your test
When you're ready, contact a driver licensing office to book your motorcyle skills test.
After you pass
After passing the skills test
- the 60 km/h speed restriction* is removed and you can ride without a supervisor, and
- you either take a
- Class 6 road test (if you already have a B.C. driver's licence), or a
- Class 8 road test (if you don't have a B.C. driver's licence or are in the "L" or "N" stages of graduated licensing for passenger vehicles).
*All other learner’s restrictions are still in effect.