GET ON 2 WHEELS: Part Four. Module Two Test.


Thinking about getting on two wheels? The final part of the process is the Module Two test.

GET ON 2 WHEELS: Part Four. Module Two.

WHAT’S INVOLVED?

During your Module Two test you’ll be judged on your ability to ride safely on the road, in accordance with the Highway Code – and it’ll take around an hour to complete.

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The test is broken down into four separate segments, which are;

  • An eyesight check
  • ‘Show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
  • Road riding
  • Independent riding

Right, let’s get into specifics.

For the eyesight check you’ll be expected to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres – and you’ll fail your test if you fail the eyesight check – and for the ‘show me, tell me’ part of the test, you’ll be asked a couple of questions relating to vehicle safety which test that you know how to carry out basic safety checks.

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Now it’s time to get out on the road. Your examiner will hook you up with a one-way communication system so they can give you directions – and away you go. Throughout the duration of the test, you’ll be asked to carry out normal stops, an angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle) and a hill start (where possible).

You’ll also have to undertake about 10 minutes of independent riding, which is designed to assess your ability to ride safely while making your own decisions. Don’t worry though, if you forget the instructions, you can ask the instructor to repeat the directions if you forget them – and you won’t fail the test if you go off the route either, providing your react appropriately.

Throughout the test, your examiner will make a note of dangerous faults – these involve actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property – serious faults – which are potentially dangerous – and riding faults – which aren’t necessarily dangerous, but could become serious if you keep making the same mistake.

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You’ll pass module 2 if you make no serious or dangerous faults (or ‘majors’) and no more than 10 riding faults (or ‘minors’). Just remember that the test is simply about showing that you have full control over the motorcycle, while constantly assessing your environment for risks, and you should be fine.

If you’ve already been out on the road regularly (riding on a CBT certificate), you should already be pretty well equipped to deal with the module two test – but no matter your level of experience, make sure you put in the practice and get some proper training in (to ensure any bad habits are picked up and worked on in time for your test).

If you pass the examiner will tell you what faults you made, if any, and give you a pass certificate which you’ll need to take with you to your module two test. If you don’t pass, you’ll have to book another test (at least 10 days later, and try again).

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A couple of things to note:

  • Make sure you’re kitted out with the appropriate safety gear. Although you are not officially being graded on what you are wearing, you need to ensure your gear meets your examiners expectations.
  • Make sure you’ve got your UK photo card driving licence, CBT certificate, and theory and module one pass certificates with you. 
  • Brush up on your Highway Code – you need to know what’s expected of you to be considered safe on the road.
  • Try and relax. You know what’s expected, so just ride as you would normally, and try to forget that the examiner is scrutineering your every move.

THE BIKE – KAWASAKI Z650 (2017)

The bike Justin used for his CBT was a compact little Kawasaki KLX125 dual sport machine – and KRTS decided to keep him on it for a little longer to allow him to get to grips with the Module One manoeuvres. Eventually though, it was time to take a step up and settle into the saddle of Kawasaki’s Z650 super-naked machine.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Kawasaki Z650 (2018)

ENGINE: 649cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke parallel Twin

POWER: 50.2 kW @ 8,000 rpm

TORQUE: 65.7 Nm @ 6,500 rpm

SUSPENSION: (F) 41 mm telescopic fork (R) Horizontal Back-link with preload adjustment

BRAKES: (F) Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs with dual piston calipers (R) Single 220 mm petal disc with a single-piston calipers

TYRES: (F) 120/70Z-17 (R) 160/60-17

WEIGHT: 187kg

SEAT HEIGHT: 790mm

FUEL CAPACITY: 15 litres

PRICE: £6,199

CONTACT:  www.kawasaki.co.uk

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