It was a clumsy beginning, but you’ve slowly started to get the hang of how your new motorcycle works—leaning into turns, when to brake, and how to idle at a stoplight without falling over. But buzzing along the back streets of your neighborhood is very different than traveling 50mph down I-70. Your mandatory road skills test is coming up, and you’re wondering if you have what it takes to handle normal—and hazardous—traffic situations.
What Will I Be Tested on in My Motorcycle Skills Test?
All riders who wish to obtain a motorcycle license will have to pass a certified Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program course. The motorcycle road skills test will examine your basic vehicle control and crash-avoidance skills. While the desired skills will vary depending on who is performing the test, all Missouri Skills Test administrators will focus on your ability to:
- Choose a safe riding speed for each maneuver.
- Safely accelerate, brake, and perform turns.
- Choose the correct path through traffic and obstacles.
- Stay within the boundaries of the roadway.
- See and be seen by other road users.
- Communicate with drivers and bikers around you.
- Complete standard and sudden stops.
- Adjust your speed and position according to traffic.
- Complete normal and sudden turns.
- Swerve quickly and safely to avoid sudden obstacles.
- Make critical decisions without assistance.
- Know the parts and requirements of your motorcycle.
- Understand your riding limits.
In most cases, your on-motorcycle skill test must be performed on a standard two-wheeled motorcycle. If your primary vehicle is a three-wheeled vehicles or has a sidecar, you will likely have to pass a two-wheeled motorcycle exam as well as a skills test performed with your specific vehicle—as motor tricycles and sidecar vehicles handle differently that standard bikes. Otherwise, certain restrictions (sidecar or three-wheeled vehicle only) may be added until you have successfully completed a two-wheel motorcycle test.
Your road skills test is only one portion of the mandatory motorcycle licensing requirements. You must also pass a written test in order to obtain your learner’s permit. Find out all you need to know about riding a motorcycle in Kansas City in attorney James Roswold’s free book, The KC Biker Bible. Click the link on this page to download a copy today!