Tourist Trophy offers two modes of play; Arcade Mode and Challenge Mode. In Arcade Mode; players have access to a quick race for single-player or two-player battle. In both modes; players have the opportunity to select their bike; track and difficulty level. In two-player battle players have the option to race in split-screen.
For the Challenge Mode it serves as a career mode for players to earn their way up the ladder by participating in the license school missions various race events and more in an effort to upgrade and unlock new bikes and related accessories. The license school will include various tests that will strive to better the player’s driving skills in driving a motorcycle in various conditions and at various speeds taking into account the rider and their riding style. Upon obtaining a license players will have access to various race events based on engine class (250cc to 1500cc) course selection and more. In between race events players have the opportunity to participate in a Time Trial on various courses to improve lap times and access their garage.
To further improve their racing skills in Challenge Mode players have access to Photo Mode which allows them to take snapshots of their favorite bike and race gear in their favorite location as well as freezing frames of an actual race from a replay. Upon taking a photograph players have the opportunity to save it to a Memory Card (8MB) (for PlayStation®2) or a USB storage device and share it with friends.
With the incorporation of the motorcycle driver players have access to a wardrobe where they can customize their rider by selecting from numerous licensed helmets suits shoes and more to further authenticate the riding experience.