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Cedar Motorcycle Riding School

2259 Hemer Road, Nanaimo, BC, Canada. V9X 1G9


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 We're off on our motorcycle holiday from September 3 til September 15th. Drop me an email at, or leave a message at 250-619-7201, and I'll get back to you when I can. We're booking for October 21st at the moment, and anything after that is going to be weather dependent.

If you're looking for us over the weekend, you'll find us at Dover Secondary School on Hammond bay road for the next few weekends. We're booking for the weekend of October 14th at the moment, and we really have no idea how much longer the season will last. If anyone out there knows of a parking lot we can use, and potentially get a long term lease on, please let me know.

We have lots of room for social distancing, and when we can't we're wearing masks or helmets! The basic safety course is 850 plus GST and includes the bikes, the gas, insurance, 8 hours of theory and two full days of practical training in the parking lot, with the motorcycle skills test being administered at the end of the day on Sunday. If you pass, I'll give you some paperwork to take to ICBC to get your learners license updated to be able to ride alone and on the highway legally. That's easier than trying to get an appointment at ICBC for the MST, and as the summer progresses, it only gets harder to get an appointment! Thursday and Friday evenings 6 - 10, Saturday and Sunday all day in the parking lot. You need your own helmet, gloves, boots that cover your ankle, and jacket. (full coverage padded clothing). Imagine falling off your bicycle. When you pay me, I'll give you some coupons to take some of the pain off buying your safety gear. We've had to cancel the Sunday barbecues for now, but when we get past these covid restrictions, we'll be having a BIG movie night. Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed it's over soon. I got vaccinated last week, so lets hope we all are done sooner than later!

Unfortunately I still can't register you until you have that learners permit in your pocket....(sad face).

September 2020:  Katrina and I are off exploring the province on OUR bikes, and reminding ourselves why we love to teach, oh and reminding ourselves of WHAT to, leave me an email or a message with your details and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I don't know when and where I'll have cell or internet, because we don't know where we're going....that's what motorcycle vacations are all about right? That and stories to tell.... 

To write the learners, I would recommend you Call ICBC at 1-800-950-1498 to make the appointment first. Then download the learn to ride manuals from the "links" page on the left. Do that NOW even before you start studying, as I hear that wait times of two to three weeks are typical. ICBC is not allowing anyone to simply walk in without an appointment. Try some of the smaller sites like Ladysmith, Mill bay, Nanaimo Service BC Centre at 460 Selby st, or  Parksville. (They're often not as busy). Do it first so you have lots of time to study. If you have any questions as you read through, feel free to call me (Randy) for help. 250-619-7201

ICBC Drivers license offices.

We are now booking for the weekend of August 20th, and 27th. The season is not going to last much longer, so don't delay too long.

Former students are always welcome to come back for a free theory refresher, and parents, or partners that are already licensed, are welcome to come with their new rider. BTW, if you're coming from out of town, feel free to bring your camper or trailer. We have lots of room to park it. If you don't have that, I have a hide-a-bed we occasionally guest's not fancy, but it's kinda private, and it's a just leave it at that eh? It's especially handy for Friday night because you have to be back early Saturday.

Don't wait, sign up soon! 250-619-7201

Here are ICBC's numbers:
1-800-950-1498 (if calling from B.C., Canada or the United States) or 1-250-978-8300‚Äč (if calling from Greater Victoria or countries outside Canada and the United States).

COVID Notice: We have hand sanitizer available, the classroom is sanitized before class, and Katrina made some nice cloth masks that you get to keep and take home. During class time, we sit apart, and keep the doors open for LOTS of fresh air, so bring your coat if it looks like it might get chilly. In the parking lot, social distancing won't be an issue, and for the short times when I have to be closer to you, we wear our helmets and riding gear. Riding is still limited to five riders at a time. We occasionally have one or two extra guests in the classroom, but there is lots of room.
I provide the motorcycles, insurance, gas, dad jokes, and a fun weekend! If the weather is nice, my wife does a free barbecue. The course consists of two evenings of theory(Usually Thursday and Friday 6 - 10PM), two full days riding (Saturday and Sunday), and the MSA Sunday afternoon. We are located in South Nanaimo. New riders are welcome to have a parent attend the theory portion at no charge, as well as any previous students who would like a refresher. Even experienced and licensed riders who are sponsoring a new rider are welcome to the theory sessions free of charge. You have to share your stories though...Barbecue is open and free to past, present and future students. Let Katrina know you're coming so she can have a burger in the cooler for you. Text her at 250-703-1091. Make sure you tell her who you are so I don't get that quizzical look from know the one.
Randy Leonard

Traffic / road test prep course is $210.00 plus tax. Add another 200 if you want to use one of my bikes for both the traffic course and the test at ICBC. Maximum is two people, and the teaching time is three hours. Add one or two coffee stops to that time, as it's rather intense. Imagine me yammering in your ear for three hours straight....

When you make your payment, I will give you coupons good for some very substantial discounts at some of the local motorcycle stores. We all want you to start out with a good set of protective gear! Road rash can seriously ruin your day.

We  usually run classroom time on Thursday and Friday evenings, followed by all day Saturday and Sunday on the bikes and I'll do your MST/MSA test for you at the end. You can then take the paperwork to ICBC to take the restrictions off your learners license.

If those days / times don't work for you, feel free to ask for something else.

Did you know, that since we are an ICBC approved school, the restrictions on your 6L license of daylight hours only, and under 60KPH are removed while learning with us? That means that we can go out after hours to practice, and we can go on the highway during training.

If you are comparing prices, please ensure that you are comparing apples to apples. My basic course includes a minimum of 25 hours of training, including 17 hours on MY bikes and eight hours of theory. My courses are NEVER more than five students.

We are ICBC registered, bonded, insured, inspected and approved. I recommend that you do the ROAD test on whatever bike you are most comfortable on. Odds are it will be your own, since you will have been riding it for a while. If you don't have your own bike, but have taken the basic training with me, I will rent you one of mine for $200. I do not rent bike to anyone who hasn't taken both courses with me, and then only for the road test.

We are located in Cedar, just south of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Serving new riders from Nanaimo, Parksville, Ladysmith, Duncan, Courtenay, Cumberland, Comox, Victoria, Port Alberni, and Campbell River.

Please note that classroom time is done in my home, and that I am a registered golden retriever (dog) breeder. If you have allergies to dogs or cats, I may be unable to accommodate you. If you have a fear of animals, they are locked outside while you are here. If you like puppies and dogs, check out my other website at

Cedar Motorcycle Riding School. Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Motorcycle rider basic and ICBC road test preparation

Please call 250-619-7201 to arrange a time.



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!


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