FAQ

  • Why should I take professional training?
  • KDSC teaches riders basic riding skills and techniques, emergency braking and swerving, as well as the most up-to-date defensive riding strategies. This well-rounded approach to training can’t be matched when learning to ride from a friend….even if that person has ridden for many years. After one day with us, you’ll be able to differentiate between those motorcyclists who have had professional training and those who have not. KDSC provides a safe, encouraging, and controlled environment in which to learn both slow speed and in-traffic skills. Along with proper safety gear, these will help you to best manage your risks for a long, safe, and enjoyable riding career.

  • Is KDSC Certified?
  • Yes, KDSC’s motorcycle training facility and instructors are certified by ICBC, and are licensed under the Motor Vehicle Act of BC. All of KDSC’s instructors have current First Aid certificates. KDSC has one of the few licensed Instructor Training Facilities in BC, and has its own licensed Motorcycle Skills Assessment Officers. You’re in good hands with us!

  • What is your pass rate?
  • Over 98% of KDSC’s students pass the Road Test on their first attempt.

  • Who takes KDSC’s courses?
  • Our students range from 16 – 80 years of age. 60% of our students are women, and the average age of our students is 47.  Many students have little or no prior riding experience.

  • What does the course cost, and what does it include?
  • The total cost for KDSC’s Learn to Ride course is $749. Your tuition includes 32+ hours of training, use of KDSC’s motorcycles for lessons as well as your road test, and free use of jacket, helmet, heated vests for those cool spring and fall days and gloves.

  • Will taking this course make me eligible to receive insurance discounts?
  • Yes. KDSC’s training is very reputable and well recognized by insurance agencies. Many private insurers offer discounts on collision and comprehensive to our Learn to Ride graduates. Some of these policies are for year-round coverage and include coverage for gear and accessories.

  • What if I drop a bike during the course?
  • KDSC does not charge students for unintentional damage to bikes resulting from training. Damages resulting from intentional stunting or abuse (wheelies, kicking bikes, throwing helmets, etc) may be charged to the student.

  • Do I have to wear full safety gear if I’m taking training during the summer?
  • Yes. At KDSC, we are just as concerned for your safety in the summer as we are in the fall. Ask your local dealerships about gear that will help you stay cooler in the summer.

  • I’m having trouble putting together a schedule for myself.
  • Call KDSC and we’ll be able to help customize a schedule for you. We know our scheduling system inside and out, and we’ll make it work for you. We can also offer options if most, but not all, of your preferred dates work for you.

  • What if it rains?
  • Training goes ahead rain or shine. Dress appropriately for the weather, and consider inclement weather a good learning experience!

  • Can I ride my own bike during the course?
  • No. For a variety of reasons pertaining to student safety and liability, all Learn to Ride students must ride KDSC’s bikes. Students may choose to ride their own bikes for the final Road Test.

  • I am quite short (or tall). Will your bikes fit me?
  • Yes. KDSC has a variety of styles of bikes, and we have successfully accommodated students ranging from 4’10” to 6’8”. The various seat heights and seating positions of our bikes will help us to find one that fits you well.

  • I bought a large bike. Why should I learn to ride on a small bike?
  • Learning to ride on a smaller bike is less intimidating and will build your confidence. Once you know how to ride a small bike, you will have all the skills necessary to ride a large bike.

  • What steps are involved in obtaining a BC motorcycle license?
  • First, study ICBC’s RoadSense for Riders and take the Learner’s Permit exam at ICBC (40 multiple choice questions; 80% is required to pass; no appointment required). Consider taking KDSC’s Learner’s Permit Bootcamp, or take our Theory course in advance of Gearing Up to help you to prepare for this test.
  • Second, take the Motorcycle Skills Test (a parking lot pylon test in which you will be required to demonstrate your ability to control a motorcycle at slow speeds). KDSC includes this test as part of the Learn to Ride course.
  • Third, take a Road Test from ICBC (a 45 minute in-traffic exam in which your ability to demonstrate proper and safe urban traffic riding techniques will be tested). KDSC can book this appointment for you and you can also opt to use one of our motorcycles for the test.

  • When can I book my Road Test?
  • You can book your Road Test as soon as you have passed your Motorcycle Skills Test.

  • Can I reduce the time I’m in the Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) by taking rider training?
  • No, this is due to ICBC regulation.

  • Do I need to have a Driver’s License before I can learn to ride?
  • No, a motorcycle license can be a person’s first and primary license.

  • I want to learn to ride. What if my driver’s license is from another province?
  • Drivers/riders from another province must surrender their out-of-province driver’s license prior to obtaining a BC motorcycle learner’s permit.

  • What if my primary residence is in another province and I don’t want to surrender my out-of-province license?
  • Drivers/riders in this situation will not be permitted to write the BC motorcycle learner’s permit test. They must try to obtain a motorcycle learner’s permit in their home province.

  • Do you protect my personal information? 
  • Yes, the Kelowna and District Safety Council Society is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal information of its students, customers, employees, and other stakeholders.  We do this by adhering to the requirements of the BC Personal Information Protection Act.  (More detailed information on this policy will be posted soon.)