When we come to take the module 2 before going out on the road we are going to be asked 3 questions “show or tell” They are not designed to catch you out, rather than to test your knowledge of the bike for when you are let loose on your own. If you get any wrong then you get 1 minor, and on your test you are allowed no more than 10 minors or its a fail. It’s always a good idea to read through the questions and answers even if you know what to say.
Identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.
You can check the level through the sight glass. Explain that level should be between max and min marks. Make sure the bike is upright and not on its side as this would give a false reading. You could use the dipstick to check oil level against max/min marks.
Show me how you would check that the horn is working on this machine
Turn on the ignition and press the horn
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 at the front and back. The motorbike I am learning on has the brake fluid reservoir under the seat so I would tell them I would get a reputable garage to check the level for me.
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.
Show me how you would check that the indicators are working.
Easiest way to show this is by switching on the hazard lights, this saves you putting each individual indicator on and checking.
Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working.
Operate front brake, place hand over light or make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc, or ask someone to help. Operate back brake, place hand over light or make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc, or ask someone to help.
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. Check for any particles that are stuck to the chain.
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 parts.
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.
Correct tyre pressure settings can be found in the owner’s manual. Tread depth must be at least 1mm deep, there should be no lumps, bulges or tears.
Show me how you would check the operation of the front brake on this machine.
Wheel the machine forward and apply the front brake.
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 sponginess.
Show me how you would check the operation of the engine cut out switch.
Operate switch, without the engine being started.
Tell me why you would use the engine cut out switch.
To reduce the speed in an emergency, to stop the engine normally, to stop the engine in an emergency.
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, check with main beam warning light.