The importance of training
We all know that when we learn something new, whether it be a skill or activity, there's a period when mistakes, mishaps and misjudgements are made. Here's the catch, you can't afford to make mistakes while riding a motorcycle in urban traffic. Therefore we will make certain that you keep them to an absolute minimum. Join us and get proper training so that you can have the solid foundation needed to ensure a long, safe and fun-filled riding career. Be smart, invest in your future.
Prior to the Course
Course tuition is $749 plus GST.
Call ProRide at 604-408-RIDE (7433) to register.
Courses are held at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Click here for a map.
Here’s what you need prior to the course:
- A class 6 or 8 (motorcycle) learner's license is required. It is attainable at any ICBC driver services centre. Call 604-661-2255 to find the one nearest to you. Please be aware that in order for ICBC to conduct the Final Road Test, you need to have had your class 6 or 8 learners' permit for a minimum of 30 days.
The MSA test is assessed onsite by ProRide, and the Final Road test is arranged for you by ProRide. Please be aware that all outstanding fines with ICBC must be paid before your Final Road test is conducted.
Safety equipment required for the course:
- D.O.T. approved motorcycle helmet (supplied)
- Leather gloves (supplied)
- Leather, denim (jean), or Kevlar full length pants
- Leather, denim (jean), or Kevlar jacket
- Footwear such as boots or heavy duty shoes that cover your ankles are ideal.
No running shoes.
ProRide Motorcycle Training will supply all students with the use of a 2001 and 2008 motorcycle, a D.O.T./Snell-approved helmet, leather riding gloves, full body rain gear and a high visibility safety vest. We have a few extra riding jackets if you need, free of charge.
Part 1: Motorcycle Theory
You will be in the classroom learning the basics of motorcycle riding, attitude and gear. Classroom theory time is taught using lectures, digital videos, digital projectors and different types of diagrams, all in high-quality format. There's one written test to be done following the theory session. The entire theory segment of the course is 8 hours in total.
Part 2: Range Riding
You'll be practising exercises such as basic operation of the motorcycle, slow riding, slaloms, figure-eights, emergency braking, braking in a corner and other exercises to enhance your balance, clutch control and general handling of the motorcycle. The MSA, previously known as the novice test, is assessed following this range segment of the program. We assess the test, on-site using the same bike on which you've been training. If a failure occurs, or the instructor feels you're not ready, we'll supply you with an hour of one-on-one private training at no cost to you (valid towards MSA training only). We will re-test you at no charge. The entire practical/range segment of the course is approximately 10 hours in total.
Part 3: Road Rides
At this point we take you on the road as a group. During the road rides you'll get the opportunity to use space management, lane positioning, hazard perception, and other valuable skills you've learned so far. There are plenty of chances on the road rides to experience all the different types of scenarios that you would typically encounter except now you are able to do it under the proper supervision of a professional, while gaining valuable insight into perfecting your overall skills and abilities on the road. After completing the road ride segment, a final road test will be conducted by ICBC using the same bike on which you've been training. The final road tests are done on Fridays. The entire road ride segment is approximately 8 hours. ICBC charges $50 per attempt on the final road rest. The use of a ProRide motorcycle is included in your course fee. There will be a $50 charge for any ProRide bikes used for any subsequent final road test attempts.
Upon Successful Completion
You are eligible to receive a full un-restricted class 6 Motorcycle License. It allows you to ride a motorcycle day or night, over 60 km, with a passenger and on highways. You will also receive a student card, which in addition to respect, also gets you discounts on private lessons at ProRide. Your student card will also get you discounts off other ProRide courses such as mechanic and refresher classes. Now you’ll be part of the ProRide Survival Rider family with regular invitations to our rides, events and workshops.