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 trail 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.
GOLD $689 4.5hr class, 23 hr onbike
- weekDAY Mon-Thurs during the day
SILVER $589 4.5hr class, 18.5 onbike
- weekNIGHT Mon-Thurs evenings
- weekEND mornings Sat/Sun over 2 or 3 weekends
- weekEND afternoons Sat/Sun over 2 or 3 weekend
- Valid Alberta Class 5 GDL or above equivalent
- At least 16 years of age, parental waiver required if under aged
- Proficient balance on a two wheel non-stationary pedal bike