250-619-7201 2259 Hemer Road, Nanaimo, BC, Canada. V9X 1G9

Cedar Motorcycle Riding School

We provide the motorcycles, insurance, gas, dad jokes, and a fun weekend! The course consists of two evenings of theory (Usually Thursday and Friday 6 - 10PM), two full days of riding (Saturday and Sunday), and the MSA (MST) Sunday afternoon. We are located in South Nanaimo.

Parents and past student can attend the theory portion at no charge. Experienced, licensed riders who are sponsoring a new rider are welcome to the theory sessions free of charge.

Randy Leonard

Latest Blog Posts

First course is full
April 18 course still has lots of room, so call if you want to join us! After that, with the odd exception the plan is to run a course every weekend throughout the summer. Get your learners and give me a call. The MST safety course runs Thursday and Friday evening 6-10PM, and Saturday and Sunday are 9-5PM....sometimes we vary the time we start to accommodate cold mornings or hot afternoons. The email for payments is now admin@cedarmotorcycle.com
Weather dependent, we're ready to start booking for the "summer"...With the caveat that if it gets slippery we may have to postpone the first weekend or parts of it, feel free to give me a call and I'll tell you all about it, take your deposit, and put you in the book! Randy 250-619-7201. Fingers crossed the weather cooperates, but hey, what could possibly go wrong...lol....we had to cancel because of snow four(?) years ago on the Sunday and made it up the next weekend. SO, first weekend will be......7 March 2024!!
Christmas gift certificates
We're going to have to raise the rates from 850 to 900 next year to accommodate extra costs....Hey, we haven't raised our rates in four years....anyway, if you want to take advantage of this years rates, maybe consider buying yourself or your loved one a gift certificate for next year. You MUST have an ICBC issued learners permit before the course, and it's non refundable, but if you're sure you are coming next year, then why not? 250-619-7201
closed for two weeks
We're heading out riding from September 5th, to September 19th. Where, we do not know, but we will be on our bikes - Randy on the KTM 890, and Katrina on her Triumph Tiger 800 reminding ourselves why we love what we do! If you want to join us for the last couple of MST safety courses of 2023, email me at randy@cedarmotorcycle.com, or call me at 250-619-7201. Having no idea where we're going (South), we may or not have service, but leave a message and I'll get back to you asap. We still have lots of room, so don't hesitate to call.
Last courses of 2023
The season is winding down but we have MST safety courses Thursday September 21st, and September 28th. We may run into October, but that depends on weather and the phone ringing. Call me if you want to book one of those weekends. Also, we are ready to try a traffic course in COURTENAY!! It's going to be on a Tuesday or Wednesday if you're interested at first, expanding to Saturday and Sundays later. Give us a call if you want to be the first guinea pig.... 250-619-7201 Randy Leonard www.cedarmotorcycle.com
Contact times
If you're trying to call, I won't answer when I'm teaching Thursday evening, Friday evening or Saturday or Sunday during the day. I'm also pretty exhausted Saturday and Sunday evening, so either leave a message, and I'll get back to you Monday, OR drop me an email....randy@cedarmotorcycle.com. Same though, I'll get back to you when I can. Usually, that's Monday or Tuesday.
Nanaimo Traffic Courses
We now have traffic courses in Nanaimo on WEEKENDS!! Our new instructor Kelly is well versed in Nanaimo's specific difficulties. We also have courses available in Victoria by request.
Traffic courses in VICTORIA
We're excited to welcome our newest instructor Jamie. He's very familiar with the Victoria area, and a very experienced and knowledgeable motorcycle instructor. We provide the Bluetooth communications and coach you as you ride. Many of you may already know Kelly, who's been doing traffic in Nanaimo for a while now. If you're planning to do the road test in Victoria, this three hour ride with Jamie , or the three hours in Nanaimo with Kelly, Randy or Katrina , or Courtenay with Katrina, (plus a coffee stop) will help you immensely not to make obvious mistakes. As they say, ICBC will never "trick" you, but they do take you to some tricky spots that if you're not familiar could cause some confusion.
Available Courses

A bit about our instructor


Randy has been a professional driver for over thirty years, and a riding instructor for thirteen. He started out teaching for Ziggy's driving Academy, and registered Cedar Motorcycle Riding School when Ziggy announced his retirement twelve years ago. Randy has traveled over 500,000 MILES since learning to ride as a teen, including some very long trips through the western states and Canada. He has the experience to help you deal with the many dangers you will encounter on the road.


  • When you're wrestling bears, wrestle the little ones first
  • I'm all about that clutch, 'bout that clutch, not the throttle...(to the tune of Meghan Trainor's "I'm all about that base"
  • You have your entire riding career to learn how to ride fast. Don't make it a short one!
  • You go where you look, so look where you want to go.
  • Look where you want to go, not where you think you're gonna go. Where do I want to be in ten seconds. THAT'S where your eyes are focused....ALWAYS!
  • If you think you're gonna hit the tree, looking at the tree just signs the contract.
  • Experience builds skill, which builds confidence.
  • There is no emergency worth crashing over.
  • Chase skill, not speed. Speed will come with skill. Speed without skills is dangerous.
  • Know safety, no pain. No safety, know pain.
  • Those cones really ARE pretty. Try not to stare.
  • If I sees it, I hits it!
  • OH LOOK!! A BIRD! ~^~
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