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Passed the Motorcycle Skills Test…

15 Apr

Which is great because I can now go out and ride on my own! I very much look forward to some more practice and hopefully some nice sunny days!!

So if you are curious about the MST it really isn’t that bad, especially with a small maneuverable bike. I did practice a fair bit too, I really want to make sure my basic skills are solid for safe riding. A few people at the test looked like they were having a bit of difficulty but they had much larger bikes.

So here is a brief run down of the MST that I had – there was nothing unexpected and the examiner explained everything really well.

Part A

Go go gadget paint skills!


I will try to explain using my crappy Paint drawings.
So you pull up to the first set of cones on the bottom right. They get you to run through with them where all the controls are and they check your lights. From here they get you to come off the bike and push it in a straight line (A). You then stop at the end cones, crank your handle bar all the way to the left and push it forward (make sure you keep it as upright as possible) so they can measure the turning radius (B). Then you get back on the bike and ride back to the same starting point (C).

Part B

Slow speed, turn and slalom


Once again starting at the bottom right cones they had me complete a slow straight line and then stop at the two end cones (A). From here they wanted a turn (within a set boundary) and then right into the slalom (B). My diagram is a bit messed up but you get the point. You could start the slalom on any side you wanted. Once out of the slalom it was through the two cones at the bottom of the screen (D) and then back to the start at (A) for one more run of it. On the second run they have you pull through the cones (D) and stop facing the opposite direction that you have been going.

Part C

Accelerating, turn, quick stop


Now facing the other direction (A) you take off and turn through a set of cones (B), then accelerate up to ~ 20 – 25 km/hr up and do a smooth turn (C) and accelerate up to 25 km/hr (D) in preparation for a quick stop. The examiner stands at the bottom set of cones and drops a hand when you are to brake. They were letting people do this loop two times (not sure if that is normal, maybe it was just because the pavement was quite wet).

At the end you stop and review your results.

I’m sure the test is a bit different all the time but this gives you an idea of what to expect. You could also call the office and see what days the run the tests and stop by to have a look at what people are doing.

Now lots of more practice and I will give the road test a crack.