When learning to ride a motorcycle, we often get some common questions. We have taken the liberty of jotting a few of them down here:
- First step is to do the Basic Rider Course; after successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate,
We supply the bike for the training course.
- Take our certificate to Motor Registration Division, do the written test and vision test (the certificate from our course gives you credit for the balance test), and Motor Registration will issue you your 'Learners Permit for Motorcycle' (Class 6I),
- If you already have your Class 5 license (not 5I or 5II), you can attempt a road test after 30 days as a learner. This will give you your full Class 6,
If you DO NOT have your Class 5 license, you can attempt a road test after 8 months as a learner, which will give you your Class 6II, after 12 months in Class 6II, you get your full class 6,
For the 'Road Test' after the learner's permit period, the student will need their own motorcycle, or access to one. It can be a borrowed bike. We do not supply a bike for the road test. See below for the reasons.
With your learner's permit, you can ride a motorcycle on the streets, however, there are some restrictions:
- Accompanied by licensed motorcyclist with 4 years driving experience, on another motorcycle or in a motor vehicle,
- Novice rider, and accompanying rider, must both have a Blood Alcohol Content of 0 mg% per 100ml of blood,
- Passenger NOT permitted,,
- Not permitted on Highways where posted speed limit exceeds 80 km/hr,
- Road Test Required to exit this level,
- If you DO NOT have your Class 5, you are not permitted to ride 1/2 hour prior to sunset to 1/2 hour after sunrise,
Students need to provide their own protective riding gear:
- An approved Helmet (DOT, Snell, BSI, or ECE 22.05),
- Sturdy Jacket,
- Sturdy Pants,
- Sturdy Gloves,
- Boots that cover the ankle (not sneakers),
- Eye protection if your helmet does not have a visor,
Absolutely; this course determines whether you are ready to be out on the road, in traffic, with another licensed rider. We have a riding test at the end of the on-bike training, which determines if you are ready for the road. We don't want to send anyone out into the streets if they aren't ready or if they will get hurt doing so.
If you don't pass our test, but have completed all the exercises, then you may return during lunch times for extra practice. When you feel you are ready to try the test again, just let us know and we'll fit you in for the testing with a group we have on course.
There are many reasons one might not finish a course; these can include:
- Getting nervous about exercises, and student decides not to continue,
- Student has an accident and gets injured, and cannot continue or misses lessons, or too much instruction time,
- Student has or develops bad and dangerous habits and doesn't correct them (in which case, based on safety, the instructor may decide that it's too dangerous for that student to continue,
- There could be other reasons,
Absolutely, you're trying to learn to operate a motorcycle that you have to balance, and if you don't maintain your balance, you could crash and very easily end up on the ground.
Absolutely, every student must sign awaiver. This can be done in hard copy or online on our website once you register.
Students must understand and agree that there is a risk of accident and personal injury in learning to operate a motorcycle and acknowledge and accept this risk in undertaking the training. The risks include, among other things: cuts, bruises, falling off equipment, muscle and joint strains, broken wrists, ankles and legs, crashing motorcycles into other objects, as well as other occurrences that may not be possible to predict. Students agree and accept and assume all of the risks existing in this activity.
For the Basic Rider Course, WE DO provide the motorcycle. We have six (6) Suzuki Marauder 250 motorcycles, and two (2) Honda CBR-125R motorcycles.
For the Total Control Rider Course, the student provides their own motorcycle.
For the Road Test, we DO NOT provide the motorcycle. The idea behind the 30 day (if you have a class 5 license) or 8 month (if you don't have a class 5 license) waiting period is that you have time on a bike riding the streets, with a licensed rider, to get experience on the road. If someone does the course, which is only on a parking lot, and then goes 30 days or more without riding, and then expects to do well on a road test ... well the results will likely be less than stellar and could be quite dangerous in traffic. Ideally you would have access to a bike to practice on for the learning period and then to do your road test on that bike.
Courses generally go ahead rain or shine; it's up to the Chief Instructor to determine if it goes ahead. If we have snow or ice on the ground we'll have to cancel and reschedule. If it's just a rainy day with light or moderate rainfall, the course will go ahead.
Text messaging to 709-730-4000, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org works great. You can call, but if it's from 9:00am to 5:00pm I won't be able to answer, as I work for MUN full time. However, if you text or email, one of our associates or instructors will return your text or email.
We need 48 hours notice prior to the start of the classroom session to accomodate a cancellation or reschedule request. For cancellations, there is a cancellation fee of $100. For reschedules, there is a reschedule fee of $50 but this is usually waived on the first occurance. The key to all of this is the 48 hours notice. Without 48 hour notice cancellations will not be accomodated and no refunds will be issued.
If a student fails to show up for the classroom, they will not be able to continue with the on-bike. The classroom session is a prerequisite for the on-bike.
Every year we get a couple of people looking to reschedule after events like "Death in the family", "Family matters", and "Fly to Toronto for emergency surgery". Sometimes these things happen, and sometimes people see that the forecast isn't that good and hope these reasons are enough to negate the policy we have. They are not however, but we do try to be reasonable. Cancellations will still not be accomodated without 48 hours notice. However, we will put you on standby for a course with openeings; this means that you won't be just rescheduled to the next course, but if we get to the day of the classroom session and it looks like we'll have empty seats in the class, we will try to fit you in. First priority always goes to new clients, as every seat in the class has to be paid for, but if a seat looks like it will be empty, we'll get you in.
Basic Rider Course
If you want to get into motorcycling, and get your motorcycle license, this is the course for you. Our Basic Rider Course is Government Approved under the Graduated Driver's Licensing program for the Province of Newfoundland, is recognized by insurance companies, and is designed for the complete novice. We assume there is no prior knowledge.
Total Control (Advanced) Rider Course
If you have your license, and at least a year riding experience, or approximately 5,000 km, and you really want to learn to ride that bike like a Pro; this is the course for you. In the Advanced course you learn collision avoidance and maneuverability skills as well as risk management techniques to ensure you have the ability to get out of risky situations.