For those with little or no experience riding motorcycles, the Basic Course is the perfect place to start. Even people returning to the sport after a long absence will find the Basic Course a useful refresher. Each student will spend 4.5 HRS in a classroom session and then either 18.5 HRS or 23 HRS for their on bike portion depending on the course booked. And don’t forget, we supply you with all the gear: helmet, gloves, jacket, boots and back protector. We even have rain gear if it gets a little wet out!
In the classroom instruction, students are introduced to the controls of the motorcycle and some of the theory behind their operation. Also discussed: bike selection, safety equipment, road, traffic and weather hazards. Perhaps the greatest emphasis is placed on the importance of proper rider attitude. The classroom section concludes with an exam covering all topics discussed. This is a good time for students to have questions answered on a wide range of subjects, as the on-bike portion of the course is devoted mainly to riding. The classroom portion takes place at the Dalhousie Community Centre.
The first section is concerned with the absolute basics: getting on and off the bike, pushing, parking, starting up and shutting down. This is followed by moving off and stopping, slow-speed riding and shifting up and down. The second section is done using exercises which make up the foundation of operating a motorcycle, students learn techniques needed to execute maneuvers at low and intermediate speeds. Emphasis is placed on smooth machine control. The third section is similar training to the police and EMS using scenarios, we use this same technique to help with bike control in emergencies and the decision making process needed in these situations. The students are taught collision avoidance, controlled optimum braking and controlled braking during this section and are also given time to practice and reinforce these skills. Students who are deemed by our instructors to be ready for the road take part in the fourth section which takes the student on a controlled group ride with our instructors. Ride lengths and durations are dependent on the students in the group and their skill levels. The ride tries to cover all types of conditions beginning with slower, low-traffic residential routes and working up to major roads. The On-bike training location is the south east parking lot of McMahon Stadium.
SILVER Basic: $589 +GST 4.5 Hrs classroom theory & 18.5 Hrs On Bike Practical
GOLD Basic: $689 +GST 4.5 Hrs classroom theory & 23 Hrs On Bike Practical
- 16 years of age and hold at least a Class 5-GDL Operator’s License. Parental waiver will be required for those under the age of minority in Alberta
- Waiver of Liability. To train on our bikes you will be expected to sign our waiver of liability. While we strive to keep our training as safe as possible and pride ourselves on our safety record, the risk of injury cannot be completely eliminated.
- Suitable apparel, safety gear.
- While we provide you with all the gear, you are more than welcome to bring your own so long as it meets our requirements.
- The helmet must be a properly fit full-faced DOT approved helmet and your gear must provide armor. We reserve the right to switch out your gear for ours if it does not meet the minimum requirements for level of protection during your course.
- Leather boots should cover the ankle and have any laces tucked in to avoid snags and the lower the heel the better. Steel toes and leather-soled cowboy boots are not acceptable footwear
- A sturdy jacket is a must with denim being the minimum required and motorcycle-grade leather or synthetics being preferred. Jeans are acceptable but leather or textiles are better, however you may also consider Draggin Jeans which can be found at Universal Cycle Services also, home of our official Too Cool mechanic!
- All safety gear must be worn when riding in our closed course or on the road ride – even if it’s hot!
- We require you start with or get back on a “pedal bike” before attending our course to practice your balance. Inability to balance will result in you being sent home as it is a prerequisite.
- You are required to review the Training Manual with extra focus on shifting.
- Riding a motorcycle is a sport and learning it from scratch will be both mentally and physically challenging. We will be patient with you and you need to be patient with yourself, you have to want to do it.
- Please bring water, snacks and dress in layers as the weather can change within your course times.
- If you are pregnant please do not book a course.
- If you become pregnant after you book a course please contact our office immediately.
SILVER: $589 + GST
GOLD: $689 + GST