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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do I need my own motorcycle to take the course?

A: No. Our Basic Course provides you with a motorcycle for training.

Q: What do I need to bring to the course?

A: A positive, can-do attitude, first of all. You should not be tired, hung-over, or overly preoccupied with work/family or other troubles. We need you to be focused on the task at hand. Everyone's safety depends on it. As far as equipment goes, see requirements. We provide everything you'll need in the classroom. For the on-bike training, you need safe footwear (covering ankles), a jacket with long sleeves, long pants, and if at all possible, your own properly-fitted helmet.

Q: I'm only 5'1'' tall: do you have a bike I can ride?

A: Yes. We have some very small bikes that you will be able to ride.

Q: Can I take my road test at the end of the course?

A: Yes, our scheduled courses are confirmed for the testing on the second day.

Q: What should I look for in a helmet?

A: It must be DOT (and preferably Snell) approved. Full-face coverage type helmets are the safest. It must fit SNUGLY. If it feels loose, try a smaller size. Buying used helmets is not recommended. If you don't have your own helmet for the on-bike training, we'll provide you with one.

Q: What kind of bike should I start out with? The answer to that question depends on the answer to a lot of other questions. How proficient are you? How big, how strong?

A: Perhaps most importantly, how mature are you, not just chronologically, but mentally? What sort of riding do you plan to do? If you have healthy respect for the dangers involved, together with adequate skill and physical size, you may be able to safely control a larger displacement bike in your first season. If ANY of these elements are in doubt, however, you should start out on a smaller machine or consider sticking to your car. Your instructors can recommend models appropriate to your ability and type of riding interest.

Q: Do people ever crash during the course?

A: Yes. But because we insist on the use of safety gear at all times while riding, and because speeds in the closed-course environment are low, injuries are rare and relatively minor. Course activities are organized and conducted in a way that minimizes risk, and your instructors frequently stress key safety protocols. Obey these, and you won't crash. That said the risk of injury cannot be completely eliminated from motorcycle training. We feel it's far better to have a minor fall in our parking lot at a low speed, than in traffic on the road. Making mistakes is part of learning. We provide the safest possible place to make them.

Q: My schedule is complicated and I can't get the time off to do the whole course in one weekend. Can you accommodate my schedule?

A: We're flexible. We'll do whatever we can to help you complete the course in the time you have available.

Q: I'd like to do a course and get my license as soon as possible, but the next opening isn't for two months. Is there any way I can get in earlier?

A: If you ask us to put you on the waiting list, there's a good chance you can get into a course when someone else cancels, or re-books for a later date. It will help if you can be reached and be ready to go on short notice.

Q: I already have my Class 6 License, but I want to do a course to brush-up on my skills. What do you recommend I take?

A: If you haven't been on a bike for a while, have never done a course, or have only a few seasons of total experience, you will most likely benefit from the Basic Course. You may find the first section rudimentary, but most riders will find plenty to challenge them in the following sections.

Q: I'm VERY nervous about taking the course and / or going on the road. Is that normal?

A: Absolutely. We'd rather you were a bit nervous than unconcerned or overconfident. It shows you understand the potential risk. Usually, however, once they see how gradually and carefully the course progresses, even the most apprehensive students become a lot more comfortable. Then, lo and behold, they even discover that it's FUN! The prospect of going out on the road for the first time can cause a return of the jitters, and that's to be expected as well. If either you or your instructors feel you aren't ready, you WON'T go on the road. But if together we decide you're ready, and you use what you've learned in your training, keep your head up and your eyes open, you'll likely find the road isn't as scary as you expected and probably a lot more fun.

Q: Do you guys teach an off-road course?

A: At this time we do not offer any off-road motorcycle training.

Q: Do you have to do the road test after completing the basic motorcycle course?

A: You will have an option to challenge your class 6 test at the end of the course, however you must complete your knowledge test and pay the class 6 road test fee at the Timberlea registry and let them know that you may be doing your class 6 test with the driving school at the training lot.

Q: Can I get my Class 6 with my Alberta GDL?

A: You are able to obtain your class 6 but it will also be a GDL licence.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: It is the student's responsibilty to read and understand the cancellation policy. If you have questions please contact our office right away.

          Cancellations:

                      14 full days before your course: $100

                       Within 14 days of your course: no refunds

           Rebooking within 14 days of your course:

                       Rebooking fee: $200

No refund will be issued once a student's course has commenced under any circumtances. We understand that some emergencies make that impossible and may make allowances in such cases to help you finish the course when your schedule allows. By signing up for the course, you are in agreement with the cancellation policy.