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Advice and information on how to carry out vehicle safety checks can be found in the manufacturer's handbook and/or the appropriate DVA publication. MOTORCYCLE TESTS (Safety check questions for motorcycles) (Categories A1, A2, A, AM) (10 Combinations)

 

Combination 1

 

Question: Please identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Response: Identify where to check the level, i.e. sight glass or dipstick. Explain that the level should be between Min & Max marks. For a dipstick, remove and wipe clean, return and remove again to check oil level against min/max marks. For a sight glass, ensure glass is clean when checking.

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Question: Show me how you would check that the horn is working on this machine please.

Response: Check is carried out by using the control

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Combination 2 (Machines equipped with hydraulic brakes only).

 

Question: Please identify where the brake fluid reservoir is (front and depending on machine, rear as well) and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic fluid.

Response: Identify reservoir(s), check level against high/low markings.

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Question: Show me how you would switch your headlight from dipped to main beam.

Response: Operate switch. (Assessment is based on use of switch only)

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Combination 3

 

Question: Tell me how you would check the condition of the chain on this machine please.

Response: Check for chain wear, correct tension and rear wheel alignment. Tension should be adjusted as specified in the machine handbook. Drive chain should be lubricated to ensure wear does not take place.

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Question: Show me what checks you would make on the steering movement before using the machine please.

Response: Handlebars should be free to move smoothly from full left to full right lock without any control cables being stretched, trapped or pinched and without any snagging between moving and fixed parts.

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Combination 4

 

Question: Please tell me how you would check your tyres to ensure that they are correctly inflated, have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

Response: Correct tyre pressure settings can be found in the owners manual/on a plate on the machine. Pressures should be checked with a reliable gauge. Tread depth must be at least 1mm deep, forming a continuous band over 3/4 of the breadth of the tread and all the way round the circumference. There should be no lumps, bulges or cuts.

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Question: Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working please.

Response: Operate front brake lever or rear brake pedal (turn on the ignition if necessary)

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Combination 5 Machines equipped with hydraulic brakes only.

 

Question: Please tell me how you would check that the lights and reflectors are clean and working.

Response: Operate switches. Check visually for damage, cleanliness and operation.

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Question: Show me how you would check the front brake on this machine is working please.

Response: Wheel the bike forward and apply the front brake.

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Combination 6

 

Question: Please tell me how you would check your tyres to ensure that they are correctly inflated, have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

Response: Correct tyre pressure settings can be found in the owners manual/on a plate on the machine. Pressures should be checked with a reliable gauge. Tread depth must be at least 1mm deep, forming a continuous band over 3/4 of the breadth of the tread and all the way round the circumference. There should be no lumps, bulges or cuts.

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Question: Show me how you would check the operation of the brakes on this machine please.

Response: Check for excessive travel on the brake lever and the brake pedal and for unusual play or sponginess.

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Combination 7

 

Question: Please identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Response: Identify where to check the level, i.e. sight glass or dipstick. Explain that the level should be between Min & Max marks. For a dipstick, remove and wipe clean, return and remove again to check oil level against min/max marks. For a sight glass, ensure glass is clean when checking.

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Question: Show me how you would check the operation of the ‘Engine Cut Out Switch’ please.

Response: Start engine, operate switch.

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Combination 8

 

Question: Please tell me how you would check that the lights and reflectors are clean and working.

Response: Operate switches. Check visually for damage, cleanliness and operation.

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Question: Show me what checks you would make on the steering movement before using the machine please.

Response: Handlebars should be free to move smoothly from full left to full right lock without any control cables being stretched, trapped or pinched and without any snagging between moving and fixed parts.

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Combination 9 Machines equipped with hydraulic brakes only.

 

Question: Please identify where the brake fluid reservoir is (front and depending on machine, rear as well) and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic fluid.

Response: Identify reservoir(s), check level against high/low markings.

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Question: Show me how you would check the operation of the ‘Engine Cut Out Switch’ please.

Response: Start engine, operate switch.

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Combination 10

 

Question: Tell me how you would check the condition of the chain on this machine please.

Response: Check for chain wear, correct tension and rear wheel alignment. Tension should be adjusted as specified in the machine handbook. Drive chain should be lubricated to ensure wear does not take place.

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.

 

Question: Show me how you would check that the horn is working on this machine please.

Response: Check is carried out by using the control

 

Source: The Official DVSA Guide to Riding the Essential Skills.

NB: The manufacturer’s handbook should also be consulted.