Basic Handling Skills Test

from $150 pp

Get Your Motorcycle Licence!


If you need to get your Motorcycle Licence Class 6 you need to first pass a Basic Handling Skills Test. We hold the test in a safe off road location in Christchurch that we use on Wednesday to Friday and in Rangiora on the weekends all year round.

We have 3 options depending on your skill level. We ask you to be honest and real about your abilities; do your best not to over estimate your skill level! Choose an option that gives enough time for you to train AND take the test, otherwise you will find yourself paying more for extra training and test time. You may need more (maybe even less) training than you or your partner/friend/parent think.

There is a fair bit of information about the test for you to check out (including a video showing you what the test will look like), so we have done our best to keep it easy and simple to follow. If you do have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Get A FREE Ride Forever Course Voucher with your BHST

On passing your Basic Handling Skills Test with 2 Drive Safe, you’ll be given a voucher for a FREE Ride Forever Bronze or Urban Commuter Course. Continue developing safe on-road skills and progress through to your restricted licence quicker with Ride Forever and the CBTA.

Experienced Rider


Per Person
  • For confident geared bike riders with regular on / off road experience
  • 60 minutes to familiarize and for instruction
  • 30 minutes for testing
  • Free Ride Forever Voucher

Never Ridden


Per Person
  • For hesitant and tentative new riders with limited motorcycle experience
  • 120 minutes to familiarize and for instruction
  • 30 minutes for testing (if ready)
  • Free Ride Forever Voucher

Bonus Info

Basic Handling Skills Instructional Video

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The test is comprised of four stages, all of which are described below and shown in the video to the left (see if you can identify some of the riders mistakes). We also look at posture and general control. You need to demonstrate safe and effective control of the motorcycle at all times throughout the test period, while negotiating a test item or otherwise. Stalling, not looking up, high wrists, loss of control or racing the engine etc are all riding faults!


To demonstrate basic balance and control while moving off and accelerating, riding straight and negotiating a turn. To demonstrate basic braking control. To demonstrate basic signalling.


To demonstrate balance, lateral position, steering and speed control of the motorcycle, particularly while cornering. To demonstrate more complex signalling. To demonstrate the ability to execute a safe parking manoeuvre.


To demonstrate the ability to ride through a series of linking corners (left and right) smoothly, with appropriate speed control.


To demonstrate the ability to ride through a corner at higher speeds. To demonstrate the ability to brake quickly and safely.

The test may be terminated at any time if the examiner sees you are unsafe or have scored too many mistakes already to not pass the test. The examiner will give you some constructive feedback and let you know what you need to practice to be able to pass next time. We can offer you training at another time and of course you can rebook to take the test again. If we have time and you just had a ‘blip’ we may be able to retest you there and then but remember this is about your safety and the max speed on the course is only 20kph. If you are unsafe at this speed then think about how much more dangerous it would be at higher speeds! For more information on the test, you can download the NZTA Test Criteria.

What to bring

There is a small amount of paperwork to do when you arrive so if you can come 5-10 minutes before your appointment time and begin to fill in the form that will help you. If you arrive late then that means your time has been cut down and you may not get all the practice you require.

This can be proven by either a driving licence (if you have one), your passport, or your original (not a copy) birth certificate. If you have neither of these then please contact us for further ways before you attend your test or check the NZTA website for other approved ID.
Direct Banking; If you want to pay by direct banking let us know by Email and we’ll send you payment details. Payment must be made and cleared before the day of your test by this method.

Credit Card; you can pay beforehand by credit card securely through PayPal. Email us your contact details and we’ll send you a payment request. We are sorry but we can’t take EFTPOS or CC on the day.

We do not accept cash on the day

We can provide the bike, a helmet (& hairnet), gloves and jacket (if required), if you have your own gear then please feel free to bring it along. We insist that you wear sturdy boots that cover your ankles and at least some full length denims (or leathers or motorcycle pants) and long sleeve top. If you turn up in shorts and jandals or open toe shoes you will will be charged for the time slot and not be allowed to take the test. We know this seems harsh but your safety is really important to us!

After You Pass

When you are successful in passing your test you will be presented with a test completion certificate, which you can then take to any approved licencing agent, take the computer based theory test after studying the road code (official website) for motorbikes. Pay the fees and get your temporary learners licence – yeah! You can test your road code knowledge on the free Driving tests site (the best) or buy the official practice tests from the Road Code Practice website.
You need to develop good habits of checking mirrors and doing Lifesaver checks over your shoulder before setting off, changing lanes or merging. Check out e-Drive to help you upskill your hazard perception.

Our Motorcycle Training Courses and Ride Forever Courses help you improve your skills and we will give you details of those when you pass your Basic Handling Skills Test or check the link above. Training is an investment in your life and your future and is never wasted. Professional high quality training is now easily affordable to every rider, even those with lots of experience who are willing to up skill. Invest as much money into yourself as you do into your bike!

CBTA is the new way of fast tracking through the Motorcycle (class 6) Licencing System. You can choose to undertake some training to prepare you. Or you can just go for an extended riding assessment and prove you are competent.

Find out all about CBTA here.

Make sure you invest in some good motorcycle safety gear. Every $ you spend on good gear is an investment in your body! Cover every body part as skin and tar seal don’t mix very well. Check out some great motorbike gear from your local motorcycle dealers. Most importantly you need to protect your head. Check out any helmet you are thinking of buying at the SHARP Helmet Safety Scheme.