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How long is the course?
Thursday 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Sheridan college (choose Oakville or Brampton) please bring your regular drivers licence, a valid M1 licence and a pen.
The “riding portion” is held Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with a one (1) hour lunch break. Location to be confirmed by course instructor in class Thursday night. You must attend the Thursday evening session before you attend the weekend portion.
Please see these maps.
What kind of motorcycles can I choose from?
We offer a choice of small-displacement (100-250cc) in sport bike, cruiser or standard style. They are light, manageable, and plenty of fun! Instructors will help guide your selection on Saturday. All bikes have a standard hand clutch and foot operated shift lever. Learning how to operate this is part of the course.
Can I use my own motorcycle or scooter?
No. A course provided standard shift motorcycle must be used. Scooters are not allowed on our course.
When does the test occur and what is in it?
The test, officially called MOST II (Motorcycle Operator Skill Test) is an application of the skills learned on the weekend and consists of six (6) exercises. Students need to have attended the entire course in order to be eligible to undergo testing. It is administered at the end of the weekend by the same instructors that have been teaching you all weekend. Success rates normally average over 90% per weekend! A four hour review and re-test courses are available if required. This re-test has a $50 fee (plus HST).
What is the fee?
The fee is $533 plus HST for the 2024 season, payable by Amex, MasterCard, & VISA. On-line registration only.
Does the course run rain or shine?
It sure does because we live in the real world. We will, however, pause or cancel the course when lightning or snow becomes a safety issue. Extenuating circumstances outside of our control may also result in the same. It is recommended you bring rain gear if there is the potential for rain.
What do I have to bring to the course?
Helmets (3/4 style) are available if required, but it is recommended you bring your own helmet in good condition that hasn't been dropped or in a previous accident and meets DOT-certification. An acceptable minimum requirement helmet covers most of your head (no beanies, it's for your own good!), usually known as a three-quarter helmet. Full-face helmets are strongly encouraged. If you are borrowing one, please make sure it fits snugly, as helmets which are too loose are pretty much useless at protecting the head.
Heavier leather gloves which cover the wrist and have full fingers and back. A sturdy palm area is important.
Heavier boots that cover the ankle, fit well, and don't have a high heel. Absolutely no high-tops, running, tennis, or open-toed shoes (we've seen it!) will be accepted. Steel toed safety boots are acceptable, but should be avoided as they make it harder to feel and operate the controls.
A sturdy, heavy, long sleeved jacket (example: real motorcycle jacket, leather, denim, sturdy winter coat) that fits properly when seated on a motorcycle. The zipper or buttons must be able to securely close the jacket.
Long, sturdy pants such as jeans or riding pants. No workout-wear or other thin track pants or leggings. Distressed areas and exposed skin are not acceptable. The pants must be intact.
Any questions about clothing will be answered during the Thursday night class.
You must also carry your valid motorcycle M1 learner’s or higher with you.
What do I need?
For Thursday night you will be asked to bring a motorcycle permit (M1 learner’s or higher) from the Ministry of Transportation DriveTest offices. You must also have this M1 or higher motorcycle licence with you on the weekend. The temporary M1 licence costs $23. You require no appointment to write this knowledge test at your local Drivetest centre. See our “graduated licensing” section to help prepare for it.
Can I get an insurance discount for my own bike?
This course is the Canada Safety Council's "Gearing Up" motorcycle training course, the only nationally certified motorcycle training course. Course graduates usually qualify for insurance discounts - check with your insurance provider. Upon successful course completion you will receive a Canada Safety Council certificate of graduation to show your insurance provider.
Who are the students?
The course is suitable for complete beginners, 16 years of age and older, or for individuals wanting to hone old skills. Women are a rapidly growing segment of the motorcycling population, as are older riders.
Differences in language, hearing, height, speech, and state of health can usually be accommodated. If you can ride a bicycle safely, you can motorcycle safely.
Where are you located?
Please see these maps.
What is your policy on CANCELLATIONS, TRANSFERS and REFUNDS?
For M1 to M2 training courses, cancellations are allowed up to four (4) business days prior to course start. A minimum $50 cancellation fee will be applicable. Students are permitted a one-time transfer between courses at no extra cost if arrangements are made at firstname.lastname@example.org a minimum of four (4) days prior to beginning of their course. Additional transfers will be subject to a minimum $50 fee each. Any refunds or credits for early withdrawal will be at the sole discretion of MTO.
Is there a waiver?
All students will be required to sign a waiver at the Thursday evening classroom session. Those aged 16 & 17 must bring a parent or legal guardian with them for the first portion of the classroom session.
Waiver Link: M1_Waiver_2024.pdf
For safety reasons, students who are not wearing the appropriate equipment will not be permitted to ride and will be withdrawn from the course. If students are withdrawn under these circumstances, they will not be entitled to a refund of fees.