Learner riding test

There are two ways you can take the learner riding test:

  • enrol in a Motorcyclist Education Training and Licensing (METAL) program pre-learner course
  • or take a balance and stability test, also known as a motorcyclist operator skills test (MOST).

Read about your learner riding test on this page, including the safety gear you will need, the Motorcyclist Education Training and Licensing (METAL) program pre-learner course, and the balance and stability test.

Safety riding gear

Before you organise your pre-learner riding test, make sure you have the right safety gear to ride a motorcycle. Read the Good Gear Guide for motorcycle and scooter riders (3.1 mb).

Who can do a METAL pre-learner rider training course

Participation in the METAL program pre-learner rider training course aims to:

  • inform participants particularly novices about the road laws that apply to motorcyclists
  • increase awareness and understanding of road safety factors affecting motorcyclists
  • educate participants in road craft control and skill which will assist in mitigating motorcycling risks and
  • enable participants to plan practical strategies in a range of scenarios including high risk situations.

Before you can do your pre-learner rider training course you must:

Choose a rider training provider from the list below:

Top End Motorcycle Skills Trainer
Phone: 0429 200 184
ride@motorcycleskills.com.au
motorcycleskills.com.au

Defensive Driving Academy Darwin
Phone: 0417 727 345
ddadarwin@bigpond.com
facebook.com/DDADarwin/

Darwin Motorcycle Riding School
Phone: 0411 609 658
darwinmotorcycleridingschool@gmail.com
darwin-motorcycle-riding-school.com.au/dmc

The Scooter Shop
Phone: (08) 8941 2434 or 0416 201 611
info@thescootershop.com.au
motorbikelicencedarwin.com

Bike You
Phone: 0424 483 480
bikeyoudarwin@gmail.com
bikeyou.net

The Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) offers the METAL pre-learner riding course in Alice Springs. To book this course call 1300 654 628.

Please speak with your preferred provider about whether or not you need to provide your own motorcycle and helmet for the pre-learner course.

Who can do the MOST

A balance and stability test is also known as the motorcyclist operator skills test (MOST).

MVR offers the MOST test in Alice Springs. Book a test by calling the MVR on 1300 664 628.

Authorised class R MOST examiners are available in Darwin and can be booked by calling one of the following:

  • Dave Ramage - 0417 829 815
  • Anthony Hewlett - 0429 200 184
  • Alan Underwood - 0417 727 345
  • John Schopfer - 0411 609 658
  • Tim Walker - 0424 483 480.

To sit a balance and stability test you must:

  • be at least 16 years old
  • have passed your rider knowledge test
  • hold a licence of another class - eg: class C provisional, open or heavy vehicle licences.

You will be tested on your ability to handle a motorcycle, including starting, accelerating, turning and braking.

What to bring to your MVR administered MOST

As you are not licensed to ride your motorcycle, you will have to arrange for your motorcycle to be brought to the location of the test.

MVR does not provide motorcycles for the MOST.

You must bring:

  • a learner approved motorcycle that is registered and roadworthy
  • an approved motorcycle helmet.

Test instructions and termination

You will be given specific instructions for each test. You will pass the test if you score 10 points or less. Points are given for mistakes while riding such as:

  • touching painted lines
  • putting your foot down on the ground during a test
  • stalling your motorcycle
  • hitting cones.

You may be given a fail and your test will be stopped if you do any of the following:

  • get 11 points or more
  • ignore instructions
  • fail to understand instructions
  • act in an unsafe manner
  • display inability to ride a motorcycle
  • drop or fall from your motorcycle
  • take excessive time to complete a test
  • leave the testing area.

You should make sure you understand each test before you start. If you start the test it is assumed you fully understand what is expected of you.

Test manoeuvres

You will be tested on a number of specific manoeuvres.

Left turn and stop in the box

Make a left turn through the marked lines.

Make a smooth, non-skidding stop with the contact patch of the front tyre completely inside the grey box.

You will get points if you:

  • touch the lines or put your foot on the ground during your left turn
  • skid either wheel or stop with the contact patch of the front tyre outside the grey box, or on the line when you stop in the box.

This test can be done at any speed and gear you choose.

Graphical representation of a left turn and stop in the box for the motorcyclist operator skills test.

Cone weave and U-turn


Proceed around the cones by riding to the left of the first cone, to the right of the second, weaving past all five cones.

Make a right (clockwise) U-turn within the box formed by the lines.

You will get points if you:

  • hit or skip a cone, or put your foot down on the ground during the cone weave
  • or touch the lines or put your foot down during your U-turn.

This test can be done at any speed or gear you choose.

Graphical representation of a cone weave and U-turn for the motorcyclist operator skills test.

Braking

On the testing officer’s signal proceed at a speed of between 20km/h to 25 km/h.

When the front edge of your front tyre passes the yellow cones, begin braking to bring your motorcycle to a complete stop as quickly and as safely as you can.

Once stopped, do not allow your motorcycle to move backwards or forwards.

Your stopping distance will determine if you are given any points.

You will not incur points if you skid either wheel.

You will be asked to perform a second stop if you:

  • are travelling at less than 20km/h
  • brake early or prepare your brakes before the yellow cones.

Graphical representation of braking for the motorcyclist operator skills test.

Obstacle turn

On the testing officer’s signal, proceed at a speed of between 20km/h to 25km/h.

When the front edge of your front tyre passes the first set of yellow cones, turn to the side indicated by the testing officer to avoid hitting the obstacle, then turn back in before hitting the side blue lines and ride through the marked exit lane.

If you touch either blue line, or don't ride around the yellow cone, you will receive five points.

You will be asked to perform a second turn if you:

  • are travelling at less than 20km/h
  • or turn early or prepare to turn before the yellow cones.

If you are under 20km/h or turn early on the second attempt you will be given a fail.

Graphical representation of a obstacle turn for the motorcyclist operator skills test.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017