Learn to Ride with Confidence
The V-twin New Rider Course is a complete package. We provide the motorcycle, a helmet if necessary, and all the instruction to take you from little or no previous experience (or out of date experience) to a full Class 6 license. It also includes the road test – use our bike and get a one-on-one lesson before you meet the examiner.
The New Rider Course is a certified program that meets ICBC standards and allows us to offer the Motorcycle Skills Assessment.
Classroom Theory (8 hours)
- Preparing to ride – the licensing process, understanding hazard and risk, protective gear
- Selecting a motorcycle – what to consider
- Riding strategies – see, think, do, or SIPDE?
- Traffic control devices – interpreting road markings, signs, and traffic lights from a riders perspective
- Visibility and conspicuity – see and be seen
- Intersections – 75% of collisions involving motorcycles happen there
- Traction and control
- Special riding situations
- Sharing the ride – with passengers, friends, and luggage
- Ready to ride – location, schedule, what to bring for your first day of riding
Riding Skills (11 hours closed course)
- Pre-ride inspection
- Motorcycle controls – there are only 6
- Focus on the global skills of balance and steering, speed control, and observation
- Low speed steering vs high speed steering
- Clutch, gearchange and powerband
- Proper use of independent vs linked vs ABS brakes
- Emergency stop or swerve
- Motorcycle Skills Assessment – equivalent to MST at ICBC; to remove the restrictions from your learner’s permit
- Transition ride from parking lot to on the road
Traffic Skills (11 hours traffic)
- Learn your way progressively through 5 levels of traffic – low speed residential to highway and high capacity urban
- Employ all 5 global skills – balance and steering, speed control, observation, communication, space margins
- Complex intersections – still the most dangerous place for riders, but do-able when you have the skills
- Sharing the road with other riders, and motorized or non-motorized traffic
- Road Test Readiness Review
- A Class 6L or 8L (Learner’s permit), obtained after passing a written test at ICBC
- Minimum riding gear: boots that cover the ankle, full length trousers, a jacket that zips in the front, gloves with leather palms
- A 3/4 coverage helmet or better that meets industry standards. We have helmets available if you don’t have one yet, or if yours does not meet the standard.