The motorcycle practical exam (licence A) consists of two parts:
During your vehicle control exam, the examiner will choose 7 tasks out of the 12 that you have learned. All exercises count equally.
From each cluster (see below) one exercise is compulsory. So: four compulsory tasks, and three extra tasks that the examiner chooses freely. You may repeat each exercise once if the result is insufficient. To succeed, you must successfully complete a total of five of the seven different exercises. You perform at least one exercise correctly in clusters two to four. In this way you convincingly show the examiner that you master the motorcycle at both low and high speed.
Be reminded that you may only participate in the motorcycle practical exam if you have a valid motor theory certificate in combination with a valid ID, or a valid European car driving license.
WALK WITH THE MOTORCYCLE AND PARK IN REVERSE The first cluster consists of the exercise in reverse parking. In this compulsory exercise you walk on the right side of the roadway with the motorcycle in hand. Then you park the motorcycle in reverse in an imaginary parking space and put the motorcycle on the stand. Then you remove the motor from the stand and walk out of the parking space on the right.
SLOW SLALOM The obligatory exercise in the second cluster is the slow slalom. There is no guideline for the speed, but given the short distance between them, a walking pace is obvious. The use of a slipping clutch is mandatory for this exercise. The combination of correct operation, driving slowly and maintaining the balance are important. Of course you do all this without touching the pawns!
DRIVING OUT OF THE PARKING COMPARTMENT In this choice exercise you drive out of a parking space from a standstill. You make a right turn and drive straight ahead for a few meters. The carriageway width is three meters. The most important thing about this exercise is that you know how to make a sharp turn in a controlled manner, immediately after driving off.
IMAGINARY EIGHT With this optional exercise you show that you can drive a complete (imaginary) eight in a rectangular frame. You drive with a pulling engine and maintain an even speed. You have to use your foot brake and control your speed by means of your rear brake.
STEP FOOT DRIVING STRAIGHT Here you are supposed to keep driving next to the running examiner for a distance of twenty meters. Attention is paid to speed, balance and correct operation of the motorcycle. You are using a slipping clutch. You can also use your foot brake in this decision exercise, but you keep your feet on the footrests while driving.
TURN HALF LEFT OR RIGHT If the examiner chooses this exercise, you will drive with a slightly pulling motor on an imaginary roadway. After the second pawn you make a half turn to the left or right in one smooth movement. You then drive back to the starting point.
THE DIVERSE MANEUVER
Cluster three consists of three exercises, of which the avoidance exercise is mandatory. During the evasive exercise you will arrive through the gate at fifty kilometers per hour. Fifteen meters after the gate, you have to swerve to the left in front of an imaginary wall of pawns. Then you return to your own lane.
Six pawns are set up in the fast slalom. You take this slalom at a speed of at least thirty kilometers per hour with a pulling engine. It is important that it happens smoothly and evenly.
In this optional exercise you accelerate from a standstill to quickly reach a speed of fifty kilometers per hour. You then drive in at least third gear. After the second gate you brake to 30 kilometers per hour and downshift at least one gear. Then you drive a slalom at this speed around three pawns that are eight meters apart.
In the fourth cluster, the emergency stop is the mandatory exercise. You drive at least fifty kilometers per hour. After the gate, you brake as much as possible to come to a stop as quickly as possible. Of course you don’t lose control of the bike.
The precision stop is all about standing still at a certain point. You first drive fifty kilometers per hour and brake controlled when you pass the first gate of two pawns. Then you have to stop the motorcycle seventeen meters away.
In addition to the precision stop, the examiner can also choose the stop test as a second choice exercise. The purpose of this exercise is that you brake well technically. You shift back to first gear shortly before you come to a stop. You have a short braking distance.
Directly after the exercises, you will be told on the exam site whether you have passed. Did you pass? You can start preparing for the motorcycle exam traffic participation (AVD). Did you fail? No worries, your examiner will let you know what to work on so you will pass the next time. It is advised to start your lessons again as soon as possible.
The motorbike exam for traffic participation takes a total of 55 minutes. During the 35-minute exam ride, the examiner will follow you in his or her own car. Your driving instructor is seated next to the examiner, who will tell you what is expected of you via a receiver in your helmet. In the meantime, the examiner pays attention to your viewing habits, location on the road, application of traffic rules and your command of the motorcycle in traffic. Immediately after the ride you will be informed at the CBR exam center whether you have passed.