Refresher Course – Motorcycle Course Calgary

Refresher Course

Motorcycle skills are perishable, meaning if you don’t use them you lose them. Also, your motorcycle weighs approx. 30% more in the spring! Maybe a few hours on our lot will give you the practice time you need to help you have a safer riding season.  



(your own bike)


(with school bike)

How it works

Course Outline


4 Hours

The first 30-60 minutes are allotted for you to show us what you can do with our exercises. That’s when we make notes and step in to offer our critiques. We will pinpoint possible problem areas and offer advice on how to correct those techniques. We will then give you lots of time to practice and become more comfortable mastering the skills. Once we have the basics down again, we will move to higher speed exercises. Emergency braking is one that is not forgotten. This skill is often taught early in our riding career but rarely practiced after that. We will take you through the skill step by step to prepare you for those emergency situations. There’s always opportunities to practice some troublesome areas also.


$249 - $349

This course is designed for the rider who has their class 6 and just needs a little more practice to enhance their skills. It is also a great confidence builder. It starts with our basic warm up exercises and moves into our core curriculum. There’s also time allotted to practice those troublesome areas. This course is highly recommended in the springtime or when you first get back on the bike after a long winter!

Max 6 students per class.

Time: 4 hours


Our Bikes

We use multiple styles and sizes of motorcycles to assist in helping you learn how to ride. They include a cruiser, dual purpose, sport bike, naked style and a mini naked style. We have a bike to fit your needs!

Harley-Davidson Street 500

This is Harley-Davidson’s answer to “I want to learn on a Harley!” It has a low seat height, standard controls and enough power to keep up to the big guys!

Honda CBR300R

Don’t let the 300cc engine fool you, this small package packs a lot of punch! This is a great bike to learn the required skills to challenge each corner with a smile.

Kawasaki KLX 250

This dual sport motorcycle puts the fun back in learning. It’s 35″ seat height makes it easier for the taller folks to enjoy the ride instead of being cramped up on a little bike!

Honda Rebel 300

With its 27” seat height, this little cruiser will make learning simple and fun! The seating position and power to weight ratio makes this entry level motorcycle a top contender to master the course skills.

Kawasaki Z125

This little bandit will help you start your riding career. It’s small stature shouldn’t deter you from hopping on and learning the basics. You may just want to take one home!

2022 Honda Grom

Our newest members to the fleet shouldn’t be overlooked due to their size! The new 2022 Honda Grom is the perfect motorcycle to develop and practice your riding skills. The 124cc engine and 5 speed transmission will put smiles on your face for the whole course! You might even want to take it home when you’re done!! This unit is the perfect all around training motorcycle.

Honda CB300 RAK

The CB300 RAK is the perfect entry-level motorcycle for urban use. With its improved low-rpm performance, a more upright seating position, this bike may be your go to city streetfighter!


Why Choose Us

Our program is recognized by many insurance companies for a rate reduction. Please check around when obtaining a quotes. We also follow Alberta Transportations guidelines for course curriculum and are monitored regularly by Alberta Transportation officers.

We spend a total of 16 hours riding the motorcycles. Approx. 14 hours are spent on the parking lot practising slow speed exercises, gear changing, turns, and emergency braking and collision avoidance. We also spend 2.5 hours of training via a live virtual classroom where we discuss road strategies, types of motorcycles, clothing, and motorcycle dynamics. There is also time for a little Q&A.

We keep our classes small enough to keep a close eye on student progression. With having 2 licensed instructors on the course at all times, this allows us to assist a student if they experience difficulties during the class. This also allows us to maintain continuous movement of all students without having to wait for a student to complete an exercise before someone else is able to start that exercise.

To cement all the skills that you have learned over the weekend, we invite students on a road ride to feel that wind in their face. This is completed on the second day and is at the discretion of the senior instructor. If the student has demonstrated competency of the motorcycle and feels like they have the skills to handle the motorcycle on the open road, we head out in small groups with a lead and tail instructor guiding the group.

We offer several styles of motorcycles to ride during the training course. You may come in thinking you want a sport bike and feel more comfortable on a cruiser or even an enduro! Having multiple options allows students to try before they buy, which could be an expensive mistake!

Frequently Asked Questions

We use a building block system. We treat every student like they have never seen a motorcycle before and start on the ground level with “this is a motorcycle”. From there we start with approaching the motorcycle, pushing the motorcycle, picking up the motorcycle up to riding the motorcycle. The majority of the course is spent on the parking lot with slow speed handling, turns, gear changing, and emergency procedures.

The total course is 18.5 hours long. We spend 2.5 hours on the classroom presentation, which is completed via an online platform. Then we spend a total of 16 hours riding the motorcycle.

No. We supply the motorcycles for our primary courses. Refresher courses and Advanced courses will require the use of your own motorcycle though.

No. Due to hygienic and safety reasons, we do not supply riding gear. Each student must bring their own gear. If a helmet is dropped, it could be compromised. If we are not told that the helmet was dropped, it may not performed as required if in an accident. Therefore, we do not supply PPE.

A DOT motorcycle helmet (full face prefered) sturdy jacket (leather, denim, or cordura / kevlar) Full fingered leather gloves, eye protection, pants (leather or denim), over the ankle leather boots (no leather sole boots), and rain gear. Also, it’s best to dress in layers.

No. The Alberta Transportation road test fees are separate from the course cost and are paid directly to Alberta Transportation.

With the changes to motorcycle examinations, we cannot supply motorcycles for the road exams.

No. You will need it before challenging your class 6 road test but it’s not needed to attend our course. You will need a class 5 or better. Review the Motorcycle Operator’s Handbook to best prepare for your exam here.

Yes, sometimes motorcycles find a way to lay on their sides. We ensure everyone wear all their riding gear while riding, no matter what the temperature is! Safety is our number one concern. This is a slow speed training course. There’s no way to eliminate the risk of falling, but it’s better to have a low speed incident on the course rather then out in traffic.

Of course! We have several styles and models to accommodate all shapes and sizes.

FAIL is First Attempt ILearning. You must complete each exercise in the course to receive your certificate. However, if you don’t complete the course in the time allotted, we will work with you to finish the course. *extra fees may be required.

  • Course cancelled with >30 days prior to course date,  full refund minus $100 admin fee
  • Course cancelled  with 15 – 30 days prior to course date, 50% refund
  • Course cancelled less than 15 days, no refund.

There will be no refund once a course commences.

Rescheduling fee:

  • >30 days = no charge
  • 7 – 30 days = $100
  • <7  days = $200

We do not cancel for rainy weather. Courses in the springtime may sometimes have to be rescheduled because of dangerous weather conditions. We realize this can be inconvenient and we appreciate your understanding. Your safety is our first priority. If we have to cancel because of weather or reasons beyond our control, we will do our best to reschedule to dates that work for you.


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