Q: Do I need to have my written test completed to take the course?
A: No you do not. We actually recommend you wait until after your classroom session to do so as it will assist you in working towards acing the test!
Q: Do I need my own motorcycle to take the course?
A: Our Basic Course provides you with a motorcycle for the Basic and Test Prep Courses while those taking the Refresher Course require a personal bike.
Q: Can I use my own bike for the course?
A: For the Basic Course we require that our students use our bikes. In the Refresher Course however, you must use your own bike as its purpose is to have you practice the skills and techniques and see and understand how your bike responds.
Q: I’m only 5’1″ tall: do you have a bike I can ride?
A: Yes. We have some very small bikes that you will be able to ride. If you can’t touch the ground at all on any of our bikes, we’ll find an even smaller one or refund your course fee.
Q: I’m 6’6″ and weigh 280 lbs: Do you have a bike that I can ride?
A: Saddle up!
Q: What do I need to bring to the course?
A: A positive, can-do attitude, first of all. You should not be tired, hung-over, or overly preoccupied with work / family or other troubles. We need you to be focused on the task at hand. Everyone’s safety depends on it. As far as equipment goes, see requirements. In the classroom, we provide everything you’ll need. For the on-bike training, you need gloves, safe footwear (covering ankles), a jacket with long sleeves, long pants, and if at all possible, your own properly-fitted helmet.
Q: What should I look for in a helmet?
A: It must be DOT (and preferably Snell) approved. Full-face coverage type helmets are the safest. It must fit SNUGLY. If it feels loose, try a smaller size. Buying used helmets is not recommended. If you don’t have your own helmet for the on-bike training, we’ll provide you with one.
Q: What kind of bike should I start out with? The answer to that question depends on the answer to a lot of other questions. How proficient are you? How big, how strong?
A: Perhaps most importantly, how mature are you, not just chronologically, but mentally? What sort of riding do you plan to do? If you have healthy respect for the dangers involved, together with adequate skill and physical size, you may be able to safely control a larger displacement bike in your first season. If ANY of these elements are in doubt, however, you should start out on a smaller machine or consider sticking to your car. Your instructors can recommend models appropriate to your ability and type of riding interest.
Q: Do people ever crash during the course?
A: Yes. But because we insist on the use of safety gear at all times while riding, and because speeds in the closed-course environment are low, injuries are rare and relatively minor. Course activities are organized and conducted in a way that minimizes risk, and your instructors frequently stress key safety protocols. Obey these, and you won’t crash. That said, the risk of injury cannot be completely eliminated from motorcycle training. We feel it’s far better to have a minor fall in our parking lot at low speed, than in traffic on the road. Making mistakes is part of learning. We provide the safest possible place to make them.
Q: My schedule is complicated and I can’t get the time off to do the whole course in one week. Can you accommodate my schedule?
A: Unfortunately, since our courses are progressive and have limited spots, we are unable to reserve one spot in a few different courses for you. We do have a private course however that is more flexible with sections if that if something you’d like to look in to.
Q: Several of my friends / family / coworkers are interested in taking a course. Can we get a group discount?
A: We give out our discounts at the motorcycle show which usually occurs the first week of January.
Q: What if I am pregnant?
A: If you are pregnant or become pregnant after you have booked the course, please contact our office right away. Cancellation policies apply.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: **it is the student’s responsibility to read and understand the cancellation policy. If you have questions please contact our office right away.**
We require a minimum of 14 days notice to cancel a course and a $69 cancellation fee will apply for any cancellations (including pregnancies).
- 14 full days before your course and have yet to attend classroom session: $69
- 14 full days before your course and have attended the classroom session: $146 classroom fee + $69
- Within 14 days of your course: no refunds*
- Rebooking within 14 days of your course:
- Silver: $290
- Gold: $340
- Refresher: $120
*No refund will be issued once a student’s course has commenced under any circumstances. We understand that some emergencies make that impossible and may make allowances in such cases to help you finish the course when your schedule allows. By signing up for the course, you are in agreement with the cancellation policy.
Q: I’d like to do a course and get my license as soon as possible, but the next opening isn’t for 2 months. Is there any way I can get in earlier?
A: If you ask us to put you on the waiting list, there’s a good chance you can get into a course when someone else cancels or rebooks for a later date. It will help if you can be reached and be ready to go on short notice.
Q: I already have my Class 6 License, but I want to do a course to brush-up on my skills. What do you recommend I take?
A: If you haven’t been on a bike for a while, have never done a course, or have only a few seasons of total experience, you will most likely benefit from the Basic Course. You may find the first section rudimentary, but most riders will find plenty to challenge them in the following sections. We personalize our instruction to the skill level of the individual student. If you have your own bike, we have a refresher course.
Q: I’m VERY nervous about taking the course and / or going on the road. Is that normal?
A: Absolutely. We’d rather you were a bit nervous than unconcerned or overconfident. It shows you understand the potential risk. Usually, however, once they see how gradually and carefully the course progresses, even the most apprehensive students become a lot more comfortable. Then, lo and behold, they even discover that it’s FUN! The prospect of going out on the road for the first time can cause a return of the jitters, and that’s to be expected as well. If either you or your instructors feel you aren’t ready, you WON’T go on the road. But if together we decide you’re ready, and you use what you’ve learned in your training, keep your head up and your eyes open, you’ll likely find the road isn’t as scary as you expected and probably a lot more fun.
Q: Do you guys teach an off-road course?
A: Yes we do!!
Q: After completing the Basic course will you then have your class 6 license or do you still have to do the road test?
A: After completing the basic course you do not have your license you will have to complete a government test to get your class six license. The process to obtain your license will be discussed both in the classroom and also at the end of your on lot training.
Q: I have ridden bikes for many years. But, I have never taken a riding course. Which course should I consider and why.
A: If you have a bike that you have ridden a few thousand kilometers in the past couple years the Advanced Course is the way to go. There you will learn real world techniques at real world speeds in a safe and controlled environment. If you taken a few or more years off from riding the Basic Course is a great way to reintroduce yourself to the skills necessary to ride on today’s streets. You need only ask yourself this, “have you been driving … or riding your bike”?
Q: Can i get my Class 6 with my Alberta GDL?
A: You are able to obtain your class 6 but it will also be a GDL licence.