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BC Motorcycle Training

SHOW Me, Tell ME questions for MOD 2 TEST

Tell Me:

Identify where you would check the engine oil level and
tell me how you would check that the engine has
sufficient oil.

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.

Identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me
how you would check that you have a safe level of
hydraulic fluid.

Identify reservoir, check level against high/low
markings. checking.

Tell me how you would check that the lights and
reflectors are clean and working.

Explanation only: Operate switch (turn on ignition if
necessary), identify reflectors. Check visually for
cleanliness and operation.

Tell me how you would check the condition of the
chain on this machine.

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.

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

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 lumps, bulges or tears.

Show me:

Show me how you would check that the horn is
working on this machine (off road only).

Check is carried out by using control (turn on
ignition if necessary).

Show me how you would check that the brake lights
are working.

Operate brake, place hand over light or make use
of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask
someone to help.

Show me what checks you would make on the steering
movement before using the machine.

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

Show me how you would check the operation of the
front brake on this machine.

Wheel the machine forward and apply the front

Show me how you would check the operation of the
brakes on this machine.

Check for excessive travel on the brake lever and
the brake pedal and for unusual play or

Show me how you would check the operation of the
engine cut out switch.

Operate switch, without the engine being

Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light
and explain when you would use it (if fitted).

Operate switch (turn on ignition and dipped
headlights if necessary). Check warning light is on.
Explain use.

Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped
to main beam.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if
necessary), check with main beam warning light.


What adjustments can be made to your motorcycle if you are going to carry a passenger?

Tyre pressure, suspension, mirrors, headlight.

How will the extra weight of a passenger affect the motorcycle?

Increase braking distance, reduce acceleration, make steering feel lighter, slower turns.

What would you tell a passenger before they got on your motorcycle?

Keep their feet on the footpegs, hold on to either the grab rail or the rider, wear correct clothing, do not give hand signals, when going round bends lean with the bike, but only as far as the rider.

How will carrying a passenger affect the handling in poor weather conditions; wind and rain for example?

Side winds will affect stability, rain will mean increasing your following distance and make additional hazards if white lines.