10 Tips for Selecting a Motorcycle Training Course

Eager rider prospects are already thinking about next season. While any accredited school can put you through a motorcycle training course and conduct government approved licensing test at the end, all schools are not equal. Not only do you want to get an exceptional learning experience, you also want the right “fit” for your learning style, personality and convenience. Do your research.

While this post is directed at new riders, the same principles apply to any rider training course.

motorcycle training10 Tips For Selecting a Motorcycle Training Course


  1. Customer Focus. How you were treated when you first contacted the school, either at a trade show, by phone or online, the school culture you perceived and the degree of professionalism.


  1. Location. Pick somewhere that’s convenient. Those learning days out on the parking lot are tiring and you don’t want a long commute at the end of the day. Many of the schools have more than one campus, so if you find a school you prefer, ask about their locations.


  1. Class Sizes. While all (in Ontario) will have a ratio of 1 instructor to 5 students, the number of students trained at one time varies – between schools and between locations within schools. If you thrive on the energy generated by lots of people, you won’t be deterred by lots of bikes in the parking lot. However, if you prefer less distraction, pick a campus with fewer total students.


  1. Type of Bikes. Check out the age, model type and the variety of models available. Are there bikes to fit long legs, short leg, etc. Above all, you want to make sure the bikes are in good shape.


  1. Other programs. The Basic Rider program is only the beginning. Keeping your skills sharp requires life-long learning. Look for a school that offers advanced programs as you develop your skills..


  1. Reputation. Ask for references from other students who have attended the program you’re considering.


  1. Safety. What safety and emergency procedures are in place to support a positive learning environment yet be prepared in the event of an emergency?


  1. Facilities. How big is the teaching area; what is the surface condition where you’ll be learning? Look for gravel, sand, potholes, rough pavement, debris.


  1. Surroundings. Aside from the number of students, how conducive to learning is the surrounding area?


  1. Experience level of instructors. A good rider isn’t necessarily a good instructor. Ask about the riding and teaching experience of instructors, how they were trained and how often they teach.

You may notice that price is not one of the top 10 considerations. For the most part, the considerations above affect your safety and safety takes priority over the cost of a course. All other things equal, let cost be the deciding factor.

Once you’ve decided, enjoy!! You’re about to begin the adventure of a lifetime!
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Healer, author, and motorcycle aficionado Liz Jansen combines her artistic mediums to create stories that inspire readers to embark on their own journey of self-discovery. No helmet or jacket required.

4 Comments on “10 Tips for Selecting a Motorcycle Training Course

  1. Liz,
    These are great suggestions. We endorse each and everyone of the ten tips. Utilizing these ten steps is part of “Rider Readiness” to take one’s first rider course.
    In addition, there are other steps one can take to ensure the best possible experience and outcomes from taking the a basic rider course.
    Via email, I will send you the Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation’s power point program on “Rider Readiness.” It is tailored to readiness for taking the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course. However, the information is pertinent to taking any basic rider course.
    Thank you for presenting such valuable information.

  2. Great tips Liz, Thank you for posting them especially since there might be a new motorcycle with a bow on it under the Christmas tree.
    Ride safe, be safe!

    • How exciting! Keep me posted.
      BTW, someone else pointed out that “having fun” is not on the list. Everything on that list should fall (no pun intended) under the umbrella of FUN!

      Thanks Debi.


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