At the beginning of your module 2 test, your examiner will ask you three questions, one from each of the sections below
Section 1 : SHOW ME…
Q. Horn – Show me how you would check that the horn is working on this machine.
A. Ignition on, beep the horn!
Q. Brake light – Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working.
A. Operate brake, place hand over light or make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help.
Q. Steering – Show me what checks you would make on the steering movement before using the machine.
A. Handlebars should be free to move smoothly from full left lock to full right lock without any control cables being stretched, trapped or pinched and without any snagging between moving and fixed parts.
Q. Front brake – Show me how you would check the operation of the front brake on this machine.
A. Wheel the machine forward and apply the front brake.
Q. Brakes – Show me how you would check the operation of the brakes on this machine.
A. Check for excessive travel on the brake lever and the brake pedal and for unusual play or sponginess.
Q. Emergency cut out – Show me how you would check the operation of the engine cut out switch.
A. Operate switch, without the engine being started.
Q. Rear fog light – Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light and explain when you would use it (if fitted).
A. Operate switch (turn on ignition and dipped headlights if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.
(This question is not likely to be asked if your bike does not have fog lights fitted, but knowing the answer is still important.)
Q. Headlight – Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam.
A. Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
Section 2 : TELL ME…
Q. Oil – Identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.
A. Identify where to check level, i.e. dipstick or sight glass. Explain that level should be between max and min marks. For dipstick remove dipstick and wipe clean, return and remove again to check oil level against max/min marks. For sight glass, ensure glass is clean when checking. Bike should be upright, engine off.
Q. Brake Fluid – Identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic fluid.
A. Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings. Rear reservoir may not be visible, depending on bike.
Q. Light – Tell me how you would check that the lights and reflectors are clean and working.
A. Explanation only: Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), identify reflectors. Check visually for cleanliness and operation.
Q. Chain – Tell me how you would check the condition of the chain on this machine.
A. Check for chain wear, correct tension and rear wheel alignment. Tension should be adjusted as specified in the machine handbook. Drive chain should be lubricated to ensure that excessive wear does not take place.
Q. Tyres – Tell me how you would check your tyres to ensure that they are correctly inflated, have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
A. Correct tyre pressure settings can be found in the owner’s manual. Pressures should be checked using a reliable gauge. Tread depth must be at least 1mm deep, forming a continuous band at least ¾ of the breadth of the tread and all the way around. There should be no damage to the tyre like lumps, bulges or tears.
Section 3 : “Balance & Pillion” questions
Q. What would you adjust on your bike before carrying a pillion passenger?
A. Mirrors, headlight, suspension, tyres and on some bikes chain tension.
Q. What would you tell a novice pillion before allowing them on the back of your motorcycle?
A. Wear a securely fastened approved safety helmet (legal requirement)and sensible clothing.
Do not get on and off the bike until I tell you to. Sit astride the bike, facing forwards, with your feet on the footrests at all times (legal requirement).Hold on to the grab rail or loose clothing on the rider. Lean with me.Do not do any arm signals from the back seat (legal requirement).
Don’t fidget or distract me.
Q. How can carrying a pillion passenger affect the handling and performance of your motorcycle?
A. The bike will be top-heavy, Lighter steering, heavier handling, slower acceleration, and longer braking distances.
Q. If I lean right and my pillion leans left, which way will the bike go?
A. Straight on!
Q. What are the 2 main reasons for loss of balance on a motorcycle?
A. Weather and road conditions.
Q. What advice would you give a novice pillion, with regard to the handling of the bike?
A. Lean with the rider, don’t fidget, keep your feet on the footrests at all times.
Q. How would riding on a motorway in wet and windy conditions affect the handling of the bike?
A. 4 second rule, plus possibly more if following large vehicles because of the spray. The wind at higher speeds will affect your lifesavers. When overtaking large vehicles the wind can pull you in towards them. When going under or over bridges the wind will cause buffeting.