The ICBC Motorcycle Road Test for Class 6 and Class 8N License
The best advice we can give you on passing the ICBC Motorcycle Road Test is, riding. Be comfortable with the motorcycle you’re on and spend a lot of time riding. Some people can pass the test in as little as 10 hours of riding, others may take 100 hours of riding. We all learn differently. Don’t be in a rush to get this test done and over with. The ICBC final road test is a concert performance and you are the star. ICBC will have no problem failing you within the first five minutes of your road test if you ride poorly.
When you arrive for the road test, introduce yourself to the examiner. Be friendly and ask questions. By asking questions it shows you’re taking it seriously. It is useful to have a vertical line of bright tape on the back of your helmet to make it easy for the examiner to see your shoulder checks. You’ll have to exaggerate your head movements on the test. Mirror checks do not count.
Click Here to book your ICBC Road Test (ICBC Website). Be aware that the waiting period can be up to 3 months. If you’re a 1st Gear Student, we can book you in earlier. If ICBC has a long wait, check back daily for cancelled times. You can show up at ICBC and hope that a scheduled rider doesn’t show up.
The information below is enough to get you through the ICBC Road Test. If you would like us to run a practice test (videos below) with you. Please click here.
How to pass the road test
1. When turning left be in the left part of the lane (lane position 1). When turning right be in the right part of the lane (lane position 3). When turning right, ensure you check over your right shoulder for cyclists, every time. You must make this check BEFORE you start turning. All shoulder checks need to be done BEFORE you move left or right.
2. Shoulder check every lane position (position 1 to 3 or 3 to 1) and ALL lane changes. This can mean you have to do two to three shoulder checks every time you change lanes.
2. Go 5-7km/h above the speed limit. A motorcycle speedometer will not be equal with the examiners car following you. Going 5-7km/h about the limit ensures you are always within the right speed for the test. Many fail for going too slow. If you ride a Can Am, the speedometers are those are very accurate. Go the the speed limit, it will match the examiners vehicle.
3. When coming to a stop at a stop sign or a red light. Stop BEFORE the white stop line. Never stop on it or over it. You will get a point or they might fail you for crossing it. If you cannot see if it is safe to go, you can roll forward until you can. Redo shoulder checks and go.
4. Stay in the lane position 1 (left side). Use lane position 3 (right side) occasionally as necessary. When riding in lane position 1 do not get too close to the center line. If you are too close they will issue points and fail you.
5. Visibly scan left and right before all intersections and railway crossings. Including when you are stopped at an intersection and light changes from red to green.
6. When going straight through an intersection and an oncoming vehicle is waiting to turn left (in front of you, after you or right through you!). Always shoulder check, and move to the right lane position (3). This move could save your life or prevent serious injury. This is just a point on the test but a big reason why so many riders get hurt.
7. Stop 3 meters, 10 feet, or one car length before all vehicles. Do not stop right behind them. Do not follow too closely to moving traffic as well. At least two seconds of follow distance.
8. You might have to ride through 4+ school and playground zones. Always check for the signs. If the school zone or playground zone signs have a white speed sign underneath them, you must go 30kmh. Big fields and schools are giveaways too. School zones and Playground zones end when you can see the backside of the sign in the oncoming lane.
9. When performing a Uturn, shoulder check every move and use your signals. Shoulder check and signal to the right to pull over (stopping not required). Shoulder check and left turn signal to perform the uturn. Pull to the other side of the curb, shoulder check and signal left to re-enter the road. Be sure there are no moving vehicles around.
10. When going up a hill that you cannot see over, shoulder check and move over to the right portion of your lane (position 3).
11. If there is a vehicle with flashing lights stopped on the side of the road slow down to 40km/h, This could be a city landscaping vehicle or something similar. If you see a police/fire/ambulance with flashing lights stopped. You must also slow down to 40km/h or 20km/h under the limit (if you’re on a highway).
11. When merging onto a highway, speed up, match the speed of traffic and blend in. Then adjust speed to the limit. Do not force traffic to slow down to make room for you. They can fail you for this. The same goes for changing lanes on any road. Always blend in and maintain speed.
12. When exiting a highway DO NOT slow down to the speed displayed on the YELLOW posted sign. This is an advisory and recommendation. If traffic is backing up behind you because you are going too slow on the off ramp, you will be marked. Go with the flow of the traffic. Don’t be the slowest, don’t be the fastest in this situation.
10. Crossing a White Solid Line. These appear at intersections, bus lanes, HOV lanes, and bike lanes. ALWAYS make sure you are not crossing a white solid line when changing lanes. This should not be a fail on the test unless it caused a dangerous action. If you fail for crossing a white solid line. Get as many details as possible and contact us.
11. At the end of your test. They’ll ask you to park. Come to a complete stop, check both sides via shoulder check. Turn on a signal, and back the motorcycle up. If you are unable to back your motorcycle up, you can dismount and do this.
12. The biggest and most challenging variable of the ICBC road test is the examiner. If you fail and you feel it is unfair, take as many details as possible (including the examiners name), and ask nicely to talk to the Driver Examiner Supervisor. They will not be able to reverse your fail but it will alert them to potential inconsistencies with examiners.