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Do you do the MSA (Motorcycle Skills Assessment)
I am an ICBC registered rider training school, but I choose not to do the actual testing. I choose to let ICBC do the testing, as it allows me to stay at arms length from the "officialdom". Also,
(1) ICBC gives me feedback on my teaching techniques,
(2) It allows me to have a much more relaxed and enjoyable teaching style, which keeps the weekends "fun". Learning new skills is frustrating enough, without having the added stress of being yelled at. I am very very thorough and totally believe in making you safe for the years to come.
3) Many of my students remain friends after training, and using ICBC to do my testing allows me to remain conflict free.
Is it difficult to ride a motorcycle?
No. And Yes. There are many differences between riding a motorcycle and driving a car. A collision that would be a minor inconvenience in a car, will likely lead to injury on a motorcycle, so you need to be a defensive driver. If you have a difficult time paying attention in a car, balance issues, like to speed excessively, or have difficulty juggling many things at once, you should not be on a motorcycle. You simply can not afford to be off your game when you are not inside a rolling cage (Car).
Is rider training useful?
ABSOLUTELY!! Learning the proper skills, and knowing where the dangers are is a very important first step to having a long and enjoyable love affair with the open road. Statistically, riders who take training are significantly safer on the road.
How many people are in a class?
We can accommodate up to five students per range day. We currently have 7 student bikes. Class time is usually better if there are multiple students, as the time is more entertaining and you have more brains adding to the discussion.
What equipment do I need to have?
You will need sturdy gloves, a sturdy jacket and pants, hiking, work, or riding boots, and a DOT full face helmet.
You MUST have a valid Class 6 (motorcycle) learners license, issued from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia,(ICBC) before you can ride. You are welcome to attend the classroom portion of the course before writing your ICBC test. Please be aware that you must have held your ICBC learners permit for 14 days prior to your MST, and 30 days before your road test.
Does CedarMotorcycle provide any equipment?
Officially, we provide the bikes, high-visibility vests and communications equipment only......however,
We have some riding gear available, but it’s not officially provided. I have lots, but for me to guarantee fit, I would have to own a whole store. If I have it, I will likely loan it to you.
Once you're paid and registered, I will provide you with coupons which will save you up to 20% on riding gear at some of the larger motorcycle equipment stores here on the island.
Am I guaranteed to pass the MST or the Class 6 road test?
NOBODY can guarantee that. I can only show you what you need to know. Not everyone has the skills to safely operate a motorcycle.
Do you teach Class 5 (Car)?
We tried it for a short while, but there was not enough interest. There are already many many car driving schools in Nanaimo. However, we can take you on a test ride if you need a refresher. Normal fees will apply.
When is payment due?
Payment is due before training starts. There are no refunds once payment is made. A $300.00 non refundable deposit will hold a spot for you. Our training schedule is very flexible. This means you must show up at the agreed upon time and date, but even that can be discussed based on valid reasons for change....such as extremely foul weather.
Should I buy a motorcycle before I take the course?
If it's a super duper deal, sure, but you might want to wait til after you've taken the course. I have many different types of motorcycles, and it amazes me how many people come into the course with one preconception of what type of bike they want to ride, and leave with a completely different perspective. Things like body type and shape can make one bike really comfortable, and another that actually looks similar torture to ride. My suggestion: Wait.
Should I buy a new bike?
Well, that depends. I suggest that your first bike should not be one that will make you cry if.....when....you drop it. It's not something people want to happen, and some rarely admit, but as a new rider, the odds of accidentally spiking the front brake in a low speed turn, or putting your foot down on a slippery surface, etc are a lot higher. I suggest buying a bike that you can abuse a little, then upgrade in a year or so.
Randy@cedarmotorcycle.com or call us at 250-619-7201.