Direct Access is only available to people 24 years old and over or people who have previously passed an A1/A2 Test & held an A1/A2 Licence for at least two years.
Direct Access training & Tests are carried out using an unrestricted bike of at least 595cc with a power output of 40kw (53.6 bhp) or greater.
So, firstly, congratulations on passing your CBT & taking the first steps on your Motorcycling career!
So, what’s involved in a typical Direct Access Course?
Let’s look at a typical 4 day Course…
Direct Access Day 1.
The first morning focuses on road work usually using a 125 cc lke you used for your CBT. Lunch break is a time to recharge your batteries and review the mornings ride. After lunch you will be looking at the skills you will need to display to achieve your Module 1 Test Pass with a DVSA Examiner with a Mod.1 practice session. Your instructor will review your progress at the end of day one with you and give you a print out of the “Show Me, Tell Me and Balance” questions that the examiner may ask you during the course of your Test.
Direct Access Day 2.
Day 2 typically starts with an introduction to the more powerful unrestricted 40Kw plus bike, the controls of the machine will be explained and how they may differ from the controls you have been using on the less powerful machines. Your instructorwill also explain the differences in weight and the characteristics found in the bigger bike. Next is a Road Briefing, your Instructor will explain how they would like to see you ride the bike and interact with other road users, road markings and traffic signs, this is usually carried out with the Riding Test Report Form used by the DVSA Motorcycle Examiner, in this way, from the off, you can be assured that you are aspiring to ride the bike in the way the Examiner would like to see you ride the bike. After the road briefing, it’s out on the road for the rest of the afternoon getting used to the bike. You will always be in radio contact with your Instructor.
Direct Access Day 3.
IS normally a morning of Road Work on the 40kw bike building on what you have learned the previous day. Taking in a variety of road and traffic conditions including junctions, stop junctions, roundabouts, dual carriage ways, and one-way systems. You will be experiencing a variety of A & B roads with speed limits ranging from 20 mph up to and including National Speed limit roads. Some of your road work will be undertaken in and around the area that you will be taking your practical Test, your instructor may point out local road and traffic situations that you may encounter whilst riding out with the DVSA Examiner. After some lunch you may practice the Module 1 Test requirements with the bigger heavier 40kw bike. You will also discuss any questions the Examiner may ask you during your test.
Direct Access Day 4.
This is it, Test Day! Firstly, a check that you have brought all the necessary documentation for the Examiner. Next is checking your understanding of the Test Questions and explaing to you what will happen when you meet your examiner. Then Ride over to your Test centre and a last chance to iron out any weaknesses “you” feel you may have.
The Module 1 Test…
The practical tests make sure you can ride confidently and safely in different road and traffic conditions, and that you are conversant with The Highway Code and that you are able to show this in the way that you ride.
The Module 1 Test is carried out using a safe off-road area at your Test Centre it takes about 20 minutes. You’ll need to show that you can do the following with your machine:
- Observations before moving off.
- Wheel the moped or motorbike and use the stand
- Do a slalom and figure of eight
- A slow ride
- Cornering and controlled stop
- Cornering and the emergency stop
- Cornering and hazard avoidance.
There is a minimum speed for the hazard avoidance and emergency stop exercises, for motorcycles this is around 31mph.
At the end of each module the examiner will tell you whether or not you have passed or not.
The Pass Mark for Module One…
You can make up to five rider faults and still pass Module One. If you make six or more rider faults, you won’t pass the module. If you make one serious or dangerous fault, you won’t pass Module One.
The Module 2 Test…
Module Two is the on-road module and typically takes around 40 minutes. You must bring your “Module One Pass Certificate” to the Module Two Test, along with all the documents you had to bring to the Module One Test.
What Happens during Module Two…
This module includes:
- Eyesight test
- Safety and Balance Questions
- Road Riding Element
- Independent Riding Section
Road Riding Element…
You’ll ride in a variety of road and traffic conditions.
You’ll be asked to carry out:
- Normal Stops
- An Angle Start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)
- A Hill Start (where possible)
The examiner will give you directions using a radio. They will normally follow you on a motorcycle.
Your riding test will include around ten minutes of independent riding. This is designed to assess your ability to ride safely whilst making decisions independently.
The Pass Mark for Module Two…
You can make up to ten rider faults and still pass module two. If you make 11 or more rider faults, you won’t pass the module, if you repeatedly display the same rider fault your examiner may consider that it is a Serious fault in your riding. If you make one serious or dangerous fault, you won’t pass Module Two.