Tips to Pass Your Motorcycle Test: Module 1

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Britain has recently changed its motorcycle test exam an introduced a new module 1 motorbike test that you have to pass at a test center before you are allowed to take the main riding test. Here are some pointers and tips to help you pass the module 1 motorcycle test.

Before you can even think about doing this test you have to have completed a compulsory basic training (CBT test) course that covers basic safety. Remember to bring your CBT certificate with you or you won't be allowed to even take the module 1 of the new DSA motorbike rider's test. You'd be surprised at just how many people fail because they arrive at the test centre without all the right documentation. That includes your photo drivers license and the paper part too.

An introductory video to the official DSA motorcycle test

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Tips to help you pass the module 1 motorcycle test

This test introduced two new manoeuvres carried out at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (approx. 32 mph) on a special test track. These are the emergency stop and obstacle avoidance. Both are actually pretty easy but are the main reason that many people either fail their exam or hurt themselves. The test is the same whether you are on a motorcycle or scooter and is also the same if you are riding a geared bike or an automatic. The only difference is that if you take the test on an automatic you will be limited to riding one once you get your drivers license.

The biggest reason for people failing their motorbike module 1 exam is they do not do the exercises at the minimum speed. In both cases you are told by the exam instructor to take your motorcycle around a bend, accelerate towards a speed trap and then either do an emergency stop or avoid an obstacle by swerving through some marked cones. Both are simple to do and if you have any time on the road have done both many times without thinking about it. But in a test situation your mind often jumps to the second part of the test (avoiding the obstacle or stopping) so you are subconsciously slowing down through the speed trap in preparation. The trick is simply to open up the throttle as you come round the bend (on a 125cc bike or scooter that most people will be using you can open it right up full) to accelerate to the speed trap. At this point concentrate only only speeding up and passing through the trap (some people have hit it because instead of focusing on it they look down at their speedometer). Only once you clear the trap do you do the next part. If it is the avoidance you just want to tilt your bike gently, as if going around a manhole cover in the road. Don't ease off on the throttle and do not hit the brakes - this is the cause of some of the accidents that have happened since the test was introduced.

If you are doing the emergency stop also focus on accelerating towards the speed trap. Only when through it should you even start thinking of rolling off on the throttle and getting ready to brake - lots of people do this too early and come through the trap at 49 km per hour - if you do this twice you will fail.

When the signal is given to stop be firm but don't jam down down too hard on the brakes and put your motorcycle or scooter into a skid. The instructor wants to see a controlled stop, not a skid. You are more likely to fail by skidding then by taking an extra meter or two to stop.

The final tip is to always remember you are being watched and to behave as if you are on the road whenever you are on your motorcycle. This means doing shoulder checks for traffic (yep, it feels stupid in a test center that isn't on the road) and watch your mirrors when slowing down. Stupid as it may feel, if the instructor thinks you aren't watching your blind spots or doing lifesaver glances over the shoulder then you can be failed.

Practice the basic exercises on a quiet road or parking lot including the low speed stuff (moving at walking pace, figure 8s and u-turns) and go through the exercises in the test at a high enough speed and there is no reason you should not pass the module 1 of your UK motorcycle riders test the first time you take the exam. Good luck!

A few more module 1 bike test tips

  • Try to go to the test centre and watch a few other people taking their module 1 bike tests. You can learn quite a lot by watching what others do and why they fail. There are often a couple of instructors there with students, and the instructors are usually a friendly lot who won't mind giving you a few pointers.
  • Dress the part. Although you are not officially being graded on what you are wearing and you only have to comply with the legal minimum (in the UK that's a helmet) you will not impress an instructor if you arrive dressed in motorcycle gear that will not protect you.
  • Double check that you have all the documentation with you. You don't want to arrive there on time only to get sent home again.

Please come back to this Hub and let us know how the test went for you in the comments. You can also share any other tips that you have or mistakes you have seen made. Lets all make this the one-stop-shop of motorcycle test tips.

Comments 90 comments

David 6 years ago

Thank you for the tips - very useful advice.

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Papajon 6 years ago from Berlin, Germany Author

Hi David. You are very welcome and good luck taking the test. Come back here and let us know how it went and if any of the information here is getting out of date.

Ben 6 years ago

HI. Great hub. i have been interested in doing my test for ages now, i used to race motocross when i was young and grew up on bikes so hopefully it should be fine its just getting the cash etc to do it and the bike etc but thanks for the info.

Lisa 6 years ago

I've tried my module 1 - x3 now and I've failed each time. It's because of the hazard avoidance it's a joke! I've completed everything else as per instructions, but I cannot achieve 50kmph on a 125cc without feeling uncomfortable -ane when you think that is above the legal speed limit then I'm not being unrealistic!

It get's me down because this is such a waste of money, time and effort on an otherwise safe rider.

(p.s.I intend to have my 4th test soon!!)

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Papajon 6 years ago from Berlin, Germany Author

Hi Lisa - I know it is hard and good luck next time. One tip that really seems to help is not to look down at the speedometer but just keep your eyes on the road and the gap you will take between the traps. Let us know how it goes!

Sue 6 years ago

Hi Lisa.........I can sympathise with you, I am a mature rider done 2 cbts as just nevr got round to doing the test, but have done the theory and tried Mod 1 about 4 months ago (wasn't to 49km drat!!I understand you feeling uncomfortable at that speed, if they would put the speed down to 30mph (like on our roads) then I would have passed,I hate the thougt of taking it again,and that's me a 35 yrs car driver! so you go girl keep at it, good luck :)

SeaWychie 6 years ago

I agree. The new 32mph manoeuvres are difficult to achieve if you aren't confident enough. I'm doing Mod 1 for the third time. The first time I failed because of putting my foot down during the slow ride. The second - didn't achieve the 32mph speed on both manoeuvres. Such a shame ... but I guess it's one way for the DSA to make money. I've heard of some horrific accidents caused by the 32mph manoeuvres - makes you wonder why Health and Safety regulations would allow such dangerous tasks.

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Papajon 6 years ago from Berlin, Germany Author

Hi Sue and SeaWychie - and good luck. I agree with you both about how stupid it is having a test that is faster than the limit. I've also heard about some pretty terrible accidents. It seems mad that they have a test that actually puts people in danger instead of one that builds them up safely.

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SeaWychie 6 years ago from United Kingdom

I spoke with an examiner the other day about this, and he said this new test was specifically designed to stop learners who are not ready to ride on the road.

He said that too many people who weren't quite ready for real road situations were passing the old test. Those who fail the new test, fail for a reason. So he says.

I did my test again on Wednesday and everything was perfect - I did really well, except one thing ... I knocked a cone over by accident, and for that, I fail.

It's so frustrating, but I guess at the other end of the scale, the rules are the rules.

He did say that the DSA are looking at amending the 32mph speed avoidance manoeuvre - but I'm not holding my breath.

Mac 5 years ago

I've just come back from the test centre with a clean sheet aside from the "49K" in the box where the "50K" should be! Yes, that's a fail!

Our examiner was off sick so we were made to wait in the wet for three hours while a replacement made his way down. Eventually I got to do the test and nailed all the manoeuvres with no faults but only reached 49K in the avoidance, even though my speedo showed 35MPH!

The avoidance rules are a joke! Going too slowly through the trap should be a minor not a fail!

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Papajon 5 years ago from Berlin, Germany Author

Mac, I couldn't agree more.

burnzy 5 years ago

Thanks for tips guys. Failed mod 1 twice owing to avoidance test. Been drivin for 20 years. Always told drive within ur limits and vehicle limits. My instincts as a professional driver , on road 8 hours a day, tell me its dangerous . Cheers burnsy

PaterAnt 5 years ago

I have now taken and failed the module one test twice. The first time was due to me putting a foot down during the turn and then not achieving the speed required during both of the 50kph bits. The second I failed because I decided to use third gear (500cc machine) for the 50kph avoid and passed through the speed sensor at 61kph hitting the blue cone with my left foot (the blue cone right next to the red one) on the avoid in the process. Maybe third time lucky - and in second gear, but more revs.

Fairybiker 5 years ago

I took my mod 1 for the first time yesterday and failed on the slow ride because the examiner walked soooo slowly I wobbled and had to put my foot down; everything else was faultless apart from lacking in observation a couple of times. There were several people watching who commented that he walked slower for me than anyone else and than any of the other examiners.... really unfair!!

Fizzbut 5 years ago

I must be a real numpty, I failed Mod 1 last week, can managed all the speed stuff, figure 8 and U turn. but need tips for the slalom. Somehow seem to approach at the wrong angle and can't correct it!!!! :(

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Papajon 5 years ago from Berlin, Germany Author

Hi Fairybiker and Fizzbut - so sorry to hear about your bad experiences. The slow ride is really tough and nearly knocked me out. I guess the only solution here is just to keep on practising on a quiet stretch of road. Same goes for the slalom. I'm not on the payroll of any riding instructors here, so nothing gained by me saying so, but if you are really struggling a half day or full day of instruction with someone really skilled can help a lot.

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LibertyLiterature 5 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

Thanks for the info :) Vote up + Useful!

Billy 5 years ago

I have given myself 10 weeks to get myself ready for the module 1 test, the only thing that I am concerned about is, getting up to speed for the avoidebce and emergency braking on my 125cc bike. Any advice would be most greatful.



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Papajon 5 years ago from Berlin, Germany Author

Hi Billy

I guess just practise over and over again and on the day of the test don't be afraid of opening it up (within safe limits)

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Pink Puddle 5 years ago from North West, UK

I did my bike test back in 1999 so obviously the Module 1 wasn't in place then, although a u turn and emergency braking were part of the on road test. The manoeuvering, ie slow riding, weaving around cones etc were part of the CBT and were done off road at the training centre. With regard to slow riding and U turns, clutch control is key, so find an instructor who can teach you good clutch control. I don't know whether its still the case but when I did my test part of it was to go on a road with a national speed limit ie 60mph where you had to ride the bike just below 60.

As far as the hazard avoidance goes, though I don't have any experience of what's involved in the test I can assure you there are plenty of hazards to avoid in real life riding, with the ever growing number of potholes appearing, along with road humps and idiots opening car doors in your path and people driving cars with no idea of what's going on around them you certainly need your wits about you at all times and need to be ready to brake and avoid things when riding at 30mph. Some roads are still 40mph and if you dawdle along at 30 you're going to irritate the car driver behind who may then do something stupid out of frustration, putting your safety at risk. So though I can imagine how frustrating it is (not to mention very costly) to keep failing on what seem trivial matters, it can only make you a better rider in the end. Good luck everyone.

Slightly battered 5 years ago

I did my module 1 a few days ago and failed spectacularly.

When I came out of the curve for the avoidance I accelerated into the straight and found myself looking straight into the morning sun. I decided to abort because I couldn't see clearly. Unfortunately I clipped a cone with the front wheel which knocked it under the back wheel and the bike flipped sideways. The bike was fine but I'm somewhat bruised.

Hopefully when I go again in a couple of weeks it will be cloudy!

Black Dog 5 years ago

I failed the module 1 yesterday. As most people wrote above, slow control was ok (examiner walked soooo slowly, but somehow managed it). The first time the speed was only 46km/h. Than I speeded up and made 56 (wow!), but the field was too short, so I skidded. Failed... I really was badly shaken during that exercise, even if I had a formal four days training before.

A tip that I found useful: look at the GAP between the cones, where you want to go through, not the cones. Waching them drives you directly into them.

NTV girl 5 years ago

Hi, I passed my Part one this morning. Was very nervous. Had to do the avoidance twice as I was only at 49kph the first time round. Got a minor on the turn in the road. Do not worry if your front tyre touches the white line, that's what I did and still passed. Slow control tips, look into the distance and not at the examiner, much easier. Good luck everyone...

Umar 5 years ago

I did my mid 1 today and failed on hazard avoidance test just by 1km, I did 49km. 2 minor marks. Apparently in 3 weeks time they are reducing the speed limit. So if I did what I did today it would've been a pass for my self and many 49ers!! Arggg. Nevermind I'll just keep trying until I get it right

Adam 5 years ago

I had my first mod 1 lesson on Saturday. I was screwing up the avoidance manoeuvre and wasn't getting the speed up. I found it very frustrating and came looking for tips. I see both sides of the argument and think there is a central ground which would lead to appropriate changes to the test.

I think it is a useful addition and I wouldn't give me a license yet either. You should need to be able to perform an avoidance manoeuvre at those speeds and I think with a bit of practice I will be able to and will be a better rider for it. However I have two issues

1) Ok 32 is a reasonable speed, but the stressful part is having to accelerate so viciously to approach the speed out of a bend. I'm a calm person and am not going to be doing that on a road. On a 125 you have to stay in second to achieve it. So the bike is screaming, you're trying to race out of a bend and then deal with the obstacle. That is what feels unsafe. If instead i had a normal run up to approach the hazard in a gear I would actually do that speed in then the hazard would not be such a problem and would be realistic. I expect the problem is the size of the test centres.

2) Being a couple of miles an hour under the minimum is a ridiculous major point. They could easily relax it to say up to 4 km under the limit is a minor (so you have to try to make it) anything over that could be a major.

Hopefully I will gain enough experience and pass anyway. But I think changes along those lines would satisfy both the people who think it is unsafe and unrealistic and those who rightly say that bikers should be able to deal with hazards at those speeds.

Alys 5 years ago

I failed my mod 1 two weeks ago on the avoidance I had a clean sheet but had only reached 49 on my avoidance so had to do it again, opened up the throttle completely lost control and left one HUGE skid mark on the test centre road, but failed because I hit the cone!!!!!

On a lighter side took it again last week and passed!!! Had to do the avoidance twice again. After passing I told the examiner that I would NEVER come out of such a bend and accelerate to 32mph in such a short distance. He agreed and informed that this month they are removing the first two cones so the bend is not as severe. Mod 2 this week everything crossed.

Also when I took my first test another person put his toe down on the fig 8 and failed, the 2nd time I took it a person stopped on the u turn told the examiner it was nerves, was given the chance to do it again at the end of the test!! Two different examiners, I guess it is the luck of the draw on the day.

i took the test on 125 as legs are too short for any bigger bikes:( but my instructor told the ones on the 500cc to use 3rd gear for avoidance.

Karen 5 years ago

Anyone got any ideas on something to take to calm nerves. I did my mod 1 this morning and totally mucked it up. Even though I have been practicing it for weeks. Got to the figure of 8 and was into the second one and the bike went to the left and down went the foot. Instant fail. Then he wanted me to carry on. Everything went blank after that. Nerves got the better of me. So need something to calm the nerves. Any ideas

Dave 5 years ago

I passed my mod 1 today first time so i was very pleased. My advice would be to make sure you practise the slow maneuvers. Balance was what i struggled with and riding slow in the figure of 8. I had clocked up 2000 miles on my 125 but didn't do enough slow practise. Its easy to ride fast.

RAAJ-R6 5 years ago

Hello all. I did my Mod 1 Tuesday morning at 9, was very nervous, anyway I was called for the paperwork check and then out to the bike. To cut the a long story short I did everything very well no minors, then the examiner told me that he would open the green gates to let me out. So as he opened the gates I headed to exit as I rode out the test area a learner driver started to pull out of the bay beside me and my attention went to what she was going to do and as a result the bike slipped out my hands and I FAILED! All I had to do was park the bike :( Was so so gutted as the examiner told me that you rode perfectly in the test area.

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Papajon 5 years ago from Berlin, Germany Author


You really must have been gutted. What a terrible way to end a perfect test.

Anaam 5 years ago

Nice to have read this article, I did my Mod1 test twice and failed due to lack of speed during the emergency stop, never got to do the avoidance was only able to reach 47mph on the emergency stop, yes my eyes were on the speedometer as you said. but still nervous and doing it for the third time tomorrow. I still think that doing it on a bigger bike could be easier than my 125cc.

MikePCX 4 years ago

I took my test yerterday, I failed the avoidance part by riding at only 44kph

My tester marked faults also on both my slow control, slalom and emergency stop.

I don't know what I did wrong on those...

Im retaking in a week... wish me luck!

ade 4 years ago

failed module 1 4 days ago, put foot down on fig 8 and not the best emergency stop I've ever done. Obviously my fault but sickening as did so many perfect ones during training the day before - taking again this week - gulp!

Darren 4 years ago

Finally passed mod 1 after the 5th attempt, its alot harder than it looks on the internet and on the cards the examiner shows u!!

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Papajon 4 years ago from Berlin, Germany Author

Congrats Darren

Glad to hear you did it and well done for trying again until you got it.

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john hayls 4 years ago

Your hub is very informative for everyone. Thanks for the shearing information.

Darren 4 years ago

Passed mod 2 on Friday, 2nd attempt. Deffo recommended anyone going to Enfield test centre. Routes are simple, no tricky points, no dodgy winding country lanes. All straight forwward town riding.

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Papajon 4 years ago from Berlin, Germany Author

Very nice one Darren! Glad to hear you have made it! Now enjoy riding and keep safe on the road!

Christina 4 years ago

Thank you all for your comments

I am finding them very useful

I am attempting mod 1 for the 1st time next week

Any other tips?

Have they changed the speed from 50km/h yet?

Well done Darren!

Ahsan 4 years ago

I have my test tomorrow. Have been riding a bike since a long time now and everyday doing about 30 miles along A13. I am getting nervous about the test after reading all the comments here.

ryan 4 years ago

hi, i have got my module 1 in a few weeks, but i am abit nervous with the fact that with the manual handling, that my bike wont turn in the space you have, as i have a tzr 125 belgarda, do they allow you to push the bike back and then forward to get into the space, or do you have to get into the space with one continuous push??? its really annoying me, as i don't want to waste my time goin for them to turn around and tell me to go away basically haha, please help!?!

tomleecee 4 years ago

I had my mod 1 this morning and did everything by the book...until the hazard avoidance. went through the trap at 58kph, avoided the cone...and then skidded to a stop. failed because of it and was absolutely gutted! got another test in 3 days, hopefully I'll be lighter on the brakes next time.

Nathan 4 years ago

Got mod one tomorrow at midday and lesson before hand at 8.30am should hopefully be ok at the slow speed stuff but dunno about the 50kph thing, doing it in N.I hopefully pass first time tomorrow it's expenisve this learning crap. lol

Nathan 4 years ago

failed :( was silly on u turn just and went slightly wide then on the hazard avoidance i went slightly to far through the stop box other than that it was fine so rebooking and hopefully get it next time. :D

Monika 4 years ago

got my mod1 tomorrow. my first attempt. the more i read all these comments the more nervous i get. I have a lesson first thing in the morning at about 7.30am and then have to ride cca 30miles to get there which should really be a pass itself!! not sure about the speed limit, sounds silly as no one with a bit of sense would speed up to 32mph within a few yards just after a bend (well, maybe a rider with yrs of experience but not a learner). better be safe then sorry. really don't think that 3-4days of training will give you enough confidence to ride like that.

btw, do they expect you to get that speed even when its raining or it has been and its still wet????

best of luck to everyone!!

StevieB 4 years ago

Mod 1 a week tomorrow. I was dreading it before, and now I'm uber-dreading it. Does the gov't want bikes off the road or something? That's the way it seems. I'm all for being safe etc. but the feedback on here is alarming.

Lee 4 years ago

Got my mod 1 tomorrow at 1230 can't wait, been reading a lot of the comments and I thing the avoidance test is a brilliant idea, there is so much hazards on the road the you need to be aware of. I found the manovers very easy it's all about clutch control, remember the clutch on the bike is made so you can slip it, when your doing your avoidance test try to get between 15 and 20mph when your going around the bend this will give you an advantage when you get onto the straight. Hope all you guys and girls get on and pass.

Matt 4 years ago

Mod 1 tomorrow, was feeling confident until I came on here :D I think my bike can do the minimum speed in 2nd (just) I only struggled with the emergency stop.

james 4 years ago

failed my module one today weirdly because i didn't observe. accroding to him i got 5 minor faults for observation and 1 for going 48kmh on the avoidance

Matt 4 years ago

did my mod 1, i don't know why you lot complained. got 50kph on controlled stop (i asked what it was) 52kph on emergency stop and 48kph on hazard avoidance. so the speed on hazard avoidance was my only fault. just remember to look before you move every time.

Rach 4 years ago

I failed my mod 1 for the second time this morning. Another faultless ride apart from the hazard avoidence. My speed is good, in fact it's getting faster - 53 last week and 56 this week :). It's like I just don't try to turn. It's so half hearted. Unfortunately it's not really one you can practice anywhere. I liked the advice from an earlier poster - look at the gap between the cones. I looked at the left hand blue cone and sent it flying! Better than last weeks sorry effort of hitting the yellow cone coming out of the speed trap. Maybe I'll go for fastest speed achieved on the manoevre! Already booked my 3rd. I'll be getting a private parking space at the test centre soon :)

Jay 4 years ago

Good advice got my mod 1 tomorrow. Wish me luck peeps!!

Kiki 4 years ago

I took my Mod 1 at the beginning of last December in the wet and passed first time! To avoid hitting the cones on the avoidance exercise, *don't* look at them. Remember you'll head towards what you look at (target fixation), so look at an object in the distance that's not on the same line as the cones. 2nd gear on a 125 is the way to do it, just wind it right up. I was told that the test centres have a special surface where grip in the wet is virtually what it is in the dry...

andy 4 years ago

I've failed mod one twice now , both times on emergency stop both times its rained before my test and had to do it on very wet surface , first time i was looking at speedo when examiner raised his hand and didn't stop in short enough distance apparently , 2nd time the back wheel skidded on the wet surface as soon as i touched the rear brake . got it again in 3 days time just praying for dry weather as find it easy on my practice ground in the dry

Jay 4 years ago

Mod 1 was on the 4th of may at Basildon Essex examiner could not make it to the test centre as he's bike broke down. Typical!!! Only one examiner at the site what bunch of mugs!! Rebooked for the 18th of may!!

chris 4 years ago

Yep i failed the Mod 1.. i didn't think i would pass which isn't great. I cant believe how `stiff` i am on a bike. I don't actually feel `scared` but my body is sooo rigid.. I ride a road bike (pedals) and am street wise plus i drive power boats, balance is normally good to.. so i am annoyed. Clocked the `avoidance` at 44 thenafter being told tooo slow i hit 58. Emergency stop 50. But yep i wobbled like a jelly on the slow drive..foot down twice. rationalising it i have been off work with a serious back injury for 6 months and i have about another year of rehab to go.. im guessing this is why my body is so tense..sort of self preservation. All that said... booking a DAS course as a complete novice and then having gaps of a week to ten days between 600cc lessons is /was stupid... im open to advice.. hire a 125 and just go out alone. Then do mod 1.? Wait a year.? I cant afford to keep plowing money in to 6oocc lessons.

Tracy 4 years ago

Had my first mod 1 last week ... failed : ((( Very confident, a clean sheet up to the last second when I hit the cone on the avoidance exercise ... gutted, even the examiner looked disappointed! Emergency stop at 50k and avoidance at 56k. Take on board the comments re not to look at the cones and to look at the gap .... looks pretty wide till you're on top of it. 2nd attempt soon

Allison 4 years ago

Took my module 1 test two days ago, watched a chap fail before me as he ended up two feet past the examiner on the emergency stop (immediate fail). I decided to go for it even though I was anxious - and passed!

Took my module 2 yesterday - and failed due to missing the correct exit from a roundabout on the free riding - disappointed but hey ho!

Shame that it is necessary to wait so long for next available test date - are there enough examiners? enough test centres?

Emma 4 years ago

Took my 4th module 1 test this morning after failing the last 3 times on fig 8, u turn and emergency stop, the test was really good this time and I was confident and happy I only had a couple of minor faults, so was completely shocked though when the examiner told me I failed because unfortunately as I left the parking bay before entering the test area I forgot my side stand (did it on a 125 so it didn't cut out when I clicked into 1st!)Absolutely gutted....mod 2 booked for thurs too so I have lost my fee....remember lads/lasses don't forget to kick your side stand up because your tested the minute you walk out of the building an not when you enter the gates (as I thought) still cant believe he made me do the full test knowing that he had given me a serious and I had failed! Suppose it was some practice time!

shadow 4 years ago

Its incredible to see on many forums how many riders have been told by the DSA they were only doing 49kph, what are the odds of that?

Official statement from the DSA regarding accidents during the swerve test:-

"Each of these riders made the same mistake; they braked heavily whilst steering to carry out the avoidance exercise. – Unfortunately the outcome of that kind of rider reaction is inevitable and on the open road is one of the main causes of crashes, serious injury and death”

If that's the case then why force learner riders to do such a manouvere in the first place!!!

Melanie 4 years ago

Hi after reading through all of these comments i feel reassured that im not alone in having failed 3 times on the Mod 1 and on the same thing every time! Hazard avoidance..3 times i have killed the blue cone :( everything else no faults! Its so gutting i resigned myself to the fact that i just cannot master the hazard avoidance and i feel that if i rebook a 4th time i will fail on the same thing..i just don't know how to correct it!!

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Papajon 4 years ago from Berlin, Germany Author

Dear Melanie

Please DON'T GIVE UP HOPE. I know it must feel really hard right now but you can do it.

Have you tried taking a few lessons with an instructor, perhaps they could set up cones for you in a safe place to let you practise.

If you have got your speed up yet are hitting the cones it may well be because you are looking at them. Try really hard to focus on the gap, look at that and the odds are that you will follow exactly through.

When I did my test I tried to draw a line in my mind through the gap and then just followed it, without actually even looking directly at the cones.

Good luck.

donald langlands 4 years ago

my sym 125 bike is surging at walking speed when I am trying the cone and fig. 8 manuvers is there any way to stop this or is it just the type of bike? (when practising for the cbt test ).

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Papajon 4 years ago from Berlin, Germany Author


You need to give a bit more information on this for some help. Is it a geared bike or a tist-and-go scooter? In either case are you using the back brake to control it at walking speed? You need to be quite aggressive with the brake to hold the bike back and keep it under tight control for the walking test and cones.

JellyBee 4 years ago

I'm taking my mod 1 again on Friday morning (4th attempt) first time I failed on being too slow on emergency stop, second time (on my birthday!) I really thought I'd passed as the examiner didn't say anything until we were in the building. I'd failed on the avoidance as only got to 47kph! I was gutted as it was all perfect til then and he even said if I'd got to 48 I would have passed. 3rd attempt failed by skidding on emergency stop. Fingers crossed for Friday!!!

Becks 4 years ago

took my Mod 1 again today...and failed! I just laughed this time.

1st time failed as was 1 mph too slow - no minors - disapointed.

2nd time 1mph too slow again - no minors - V disapointed, cried in the test centre!

3rd time (today) up to speed on all manouvers but in controlled stop i was approx 1inch infront of where he would have prefered me to stop. i was in the box and everything - no minors - laughed at examiner when he told I don't care. I'm confident I can get up to speed now so I will just keep taking until I pass!! whenever that may be!

Skyblue1955 4 years ago

Took my Mod 1 today & passed 1st time.I don,t think my heart would have been up for another Mod 1 test,All I can say is don,t rush into the exercise I was taking about half a minute each time just to compose myself before any of the exercises.Good luck to you all in passing

Raj 4 years ago

Many thanks for your valuable advice and all the users for their personal experience and comments

sammysuzuki 4 years ago

Hi everyone, just thought I would add my name to the list of mod one failures, another one that couldn't get the speed up out of the corner to the speed trap in such a short distance, crafty arnt they? The trick is NOT to look at the speedo and just as you come out of the bend open the throttle and scream it through it second gear, DON'T change into third gear, don't worry about the bike screaming it wont explode..I know it doesn't feel right but trust me it works...don't look at the speed trap cones either, look at where you want the bike to end up, preferebly at the smug (I want you to fail, so we can get more money) examiners nether regions...

No I jest as that would be a fail...

Nervous? Eat a banana before you set off and another one 5 minutes before your test as they have a calming effect and fill your stomach, failing that imagine the examiner is naked lol

When he shows you the plan of the route and explains the manouvre, repeat back to him the instructions and ask is that correct, this helps the information to sink in and also gives you more time..when starting any manouvre look over your shoulder, ever time you stop...set off, go round a bend, in fact every time you move!

The cones, if you feel a wobble pull the clutch in and coast until you go round the next one and remember, when you get to the figure of 8 to go out as wide as you can, its easier, if you try to do it too tight to the cones you will put your foot down, fail....

Gary 4 years ago

Thanks for the tips...Ive just passed my Theory and have Mod 1 in 3 weeks time :)

Sussexlad 4 years ago

This has been a good read!

I done my CBT last week, Theory test yesterday , mod 1 Sunday !

And the forecast is ripping it down with rain, so we shall see?

If anything I take all tests and exams as a learning exacise.

If you fail it's not go to Gail !

It's all hoops we have to jump through in life and this is one is a tight one by the read above!

At the end of the day your all doing something in your life and your moving on, as am I !

Be positive, listen, be calm and have fun!

Teazle 3 years ago

Hi all. Having ridden bikes in my teens, stopped for more years than I care to remember then bought a bike a year ago, I fluffed my Mod 1 2 weeks ago on the avoidance part - hit a cone and it flew with style!! Was so nervous. Had to drop kids at school, get to instructors and ride 30 miles to Kings Lynn test centre by 10. On the way, three cars tried to run me off the road on the exit of a roundabout, then my instructor didn't turn off a Gayton as promised but rode straight on to the dreaded Hardwick roundabout. good thing we wernt on two way radio as his ears would have dropped off! Retaking soon and practising on my 125 whenever I can using fizzy drink bottles as cones, and hoping the examiner is blind....

Natasha 3 years ago

Just passed both tests today! i had the first mod 1 test booked for last week, but it was cancelled due to moss, so i took a risk and booked another for today, which was the same day as mod 2. i passed with 1 minor fault, which was the speed. i got 51 for emergency stop and 48 for the swerve. the best way to do the slow manoeuvres is to combine just the right amount of throttle/brake/clutch. for the u-turn as you're coming round, look at the far fence at the top of the yard, this will give you a extra 2 feet if done right. for the controlled stop, stop with the FRONT WHEEL in the box of blue cones. a guy was failed for this, thinking he had to stop the bike in it. emergency stop, use the front and back brakes, but DO NOT PRESS on the back brake or your wheel will lock. the front wheel will not skid coz the weight is thrown to the front, and there is more grip on the front tyre, but don't use that information as a pass to slam on the brakes, do it slowly but firmly. as for the swerve, just when you get through the speed device, look at the end yellow cone of the slalom and you will miss the blue cones you swerve through. not the yellow cone at the figure 8, the one at the other end, right where you did the manual handling. to get up to speed, go round the bend at around 30km/h, third gear, and just when you straighten up, rev the balls of your machine right until you hit the speed device. 1 last thing, when the test is over and you leave the MMA, don't forget the 2 shoulder checks! hope this helps and good luck :)

Andy 3 years ago

I failed my mod1 yesterday. After practice was fine there is some differences in the centre, the speed trap to name one. My first way around the track i went slow so to become acustom to the track. I had to stop in a box after the bend. I was given my speed of 43 and then asked to do an emergency stop. I think this tactic is used in an attempt to throw you, on your next task. If he would not have mentioned a speed for something that wasn't needed i probably would have met the speed next time round as i now knew the circuit. Instead i floored it done 40mph through the gate and locked the back wheel.

Skyblue1955 3 years ago

About the Mod 1,I had sleepless night thinking about my test.My instructor told me when you do the swerve test bit make sure you keep your foot tooked in on the side where the cone is as lots of people have failed just because they have the "foot" sticking out at an angle & clipped the cone!& don't look at the cones,On the emergency stop I was told you don't even have look at the examiner as when you go through the speed measuring device that is when he puts up his hand for you to stop .So when you go through the speed device get off the throttle & start pressing the front brake slowly but getting stronger as the front brake starts biting & just slightly press the back brake,when you are nearly stopped press in the clutch.Hope it helps you

Mark 3 years ago

Took my mod 1 yesterday and failed on the hazard avoidance, everything else was fine. [slalom and figure of 8 were a bit sketchy but only due to nerves, I'd been doing this perfectly on a 500 cc for two full days training before]. First time through the speed gate I was doing 49 kph, got a chance to do it again and overestimated completely, I took the bend much faster [but safely by holding the throttle steady and only starting to gain speed when I knew I wouldn't have to drop it off again and potentially make the bike unsteady], anyway I hit the gate at 65 kph! didn't swerve at all but did the safe thing and brought the bike to a controlled stop. The instructor praised my throttle and clutch control as-well as reactions but did say at some points you were hovering one finger on your right hand over the front brake before you went through the trap [mountain biking habit] this was a only minor but still something I need to focus on. Overall I'm a little gutted but I know its small things and nerves that held me back, next time I'll feel much more confident.

Good luck everyone


marie 3 years ago

well i'm on day 2 of my DAS and I'm doing this test on a 600. Instructor is surprised with how well I'm doing with only 1 month of experience. I'm fine with the slalom, figure 8, u turn, and driving on the road, but I am worried about something stupid, the very first exercise of manually maneuvering the bike, as I'm a small girl and I find it difficult to shift the yamaha XJ6 I'm doing the test on. I never walk a bike like this, I always sit on it and paddle it with my feet because of my size. haha this should be interesting, I'm sure they've never seen anyone fail on the first exercise before .. :/

smok3y01 3 years ago

Hi all, first time here & the advice excellent, i have failed my mod 1 twice now, on the stupidest things possible, 1st time was a foot down on the u turn, 2nd time, a foot down on the figure of 8, with no minors on any other part of the tests, i never have a problem the hour before the test so getting really annoyed with myself, its obviously nerves on the day, 3rd time next week, hopefully the last time, good luck to all doing their tests.

Prince_Akeem 3 years ago

Encouraging to hear so many people struggle with the module 1. Had sleepless nights thinking about the U-turn exercises and nailed it only to fail on the emergency stop. Flew past the speed trap at 57kph and came to a nice controlled stop but examiner said I took too long to do it and ended the exam then and there (despite the person before and after me stopping in the exact same place). Gutted but it'll give me some time to hire a 125 and work on my slow manouvres. Had only picked up 1 minor til then despite some a very sketchy figure of 8 -- I really do think it depends on how happy your examiner is that day when it comes to the emergency stop because there's no specific distance they have, it's all subjective. Good luck to everyone!

Gixxer Man 3 years ago

Nice to see so many comments of other peoples failings, gutted I skidded on the emergancy stop didn't even feel it. It's been nearly a week and I am still beating my-self up about it. Back on Monday for a

re-take, wish these nerves would bugger off got a GXSR 1100 waiting to be ridden.

smok3y01 3 years ago

Hi gixxer man, i passed 3rd time a few weeks ago, got 1 minor but was extatic when i passed, instructor said i cant wait to see what happens when you pass mod 2 lol, I was beating myself up big time too, so went in with the` if i pass i pass` attitude, it worked a treat, you will do it, then that`s the hard part out the way they recon, im doing mod 2 in a few weeks, got my eye on a nice honda cbr 600 rr, cant wait to get out & about on her, the very best of luck with mod1

dicati st 3 years ago

Took my Mod 1 test on a 600 two days ago and failed by putting a foot before I even got into the slalom. Examiner signalled to carry on, but I rode to the gate and waited for him to open it. He marked the foot down as an S, so instant fail. Gutted is an understatement.

Oddly enough I've now learnt a different way to do the slow speed manoeuvres that the course instructors didn't tell me about, beware instructors who constantly tell you to relax, instead of showing you how to relax

Ann Preece 3 years ago

So took my mod 1 today, 3rd time.....3rd time lucky hey!!! NOPE again clean sheet except for the serious on the Avoidance, every time I hit the 1st blue cone, this is both on the left and right swerve as I've both sides now. I've tried using my hips & counter steering, but still to no avail. I'm a visual learner and I can't get what i'm doing wrong, Really Very annoyed at myself now. I understand and respect the need for this part of the test but i'm not feeling that i'm understanding my error. Any advice would be gratefully received.

KIERAN 2 years ago

to all you complaining about 32mph being too fast and above the speed limit, you are telling me you will religiously stick to 30mph or less 100% of the time? even though when you do a full test on a 125 you can use any road you wish? so what's going to happen to you when you're driving down a country road, and a rabbit skips out, is he going to stay in the hedge if you are doing 32+ mph? what about that pot hole on a country road at the end of a nice sweeping corner, is that going to magically dissappear if you're doing 32+? or that idiot who opens their car door infront of you on a 40mph road? if you're not confident enough to do this avoidance then you shouldn't be on the road at least with this one you know how fast you are going, and that there is nothing coming the other way and that you are on special tarmac that is the highest level of grip you'll probably ever have wet or dry

julie 2 years ago

I failed Mod 1 last Sunday after hitting a cone on the avoidance, the examiner was nice when we went inside he said it was a shame, today i tried again different test center and the examiner was very abrupt and yes horrible, the bike i was on from bike school had been jumping out of gear a few times on the way there! On the test everything perfect went to do avoidance and as i was about to swerve there was a loud clunk and the bike jolted me so i just carried straight in and stopped between the cones, expecting to be told try again as i only did 46kph i was told to wait by the gate am so angry!

Jason292 19 months ago

Have my mod 1 test on Thursday will freely admit not looking forward to it slow control is not what it could be.

Even better than that I'm doing it on a 600cc and have a days conversion booked for Tuesday

18 months ago

It is a real pain if you get a major early on- then they insist on going through the rest of the test! - would be much better to let you get off after that when there is no chance of passing.

Laura Humphrey 17 months ago

Failed Mod 1 today! I was caught by a big gust of wind while doing the second figure of 8. Woops. Dropped the bike. Of course, in my lessons before the exam I had had no problems at all. Too slow and too nervous. Anyone else out there going to admit dropping their bike while doing the Mod 1? It would make me feel so much better!

steve 11 months ago

perfect run till the end hazard avoidance 45 then retried got 47 - fail - BOO

Mt07 3 months ago

Took my mod one a few weeks ago on both avoidance and emergency stop I reached 53 kph I found the whole exercise quite easy I had one practice session with my instructor got to say though mod 2 totally different very hard I passed with 3 minor marks undue hesitation,road positioning and mirror check but found it very challenging to say the least good luck all.

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