Company Policy

Here is the main points you need to know

-You MUST have your Class 6L/8L License (yellow paper) from ICBC before you attend our course.
-Course fees are non-refundable 7 days prior start date. Changes are $50.
-You must give us 48 hours notice if you are unable to attend. This gives us time to replace your space and move you to another course.
-If you cannot make your start date we will do our best to place you in a future class. We have standby lists.
-Course credit or made up time must be done in the Calendar year you signup up for.
-We cannot guarantee you’ll pass
-If you cannot pass the MSA test on the first try you are welcome to keep trying until you do. Free of charge. However we may require you to ride a bicycle for a few hours first.
-You must have footwear to protect your ankle and you must wear jeans (or similar tougher fabric)
-If you damage our motorcycles outside the realm of our curriculum, you are responsible for the damages.
-Your safety, other students safety, and our safety is the PRIORITY.

All students must sign TWO Release of Liability waivers before the course starts. If you are under the age of 19, a parent or legal guardian must sign on your behalf.

You must have obtained a valid Class 6 or 8 Learner’s Permit from ICBC before any training will commence with 1st Gear Motorcycle School.

You must have a valid Class 6 or 8 Learner’s Permit 30 days prior to your final ICBC road test.

If you do not have a CLASS 6 or 8 LEARNERS you cannot attend the course.

ALL COURSE FEES PAID ARE NON-REFUNDABLE 7 DAYS PRIOR TO THE COURSE START DATE.

All course fees must be paid on the day the course starts.

Credit of school time may be granted for students that are late or miss classes due to emergency, based on availability of future classes. We will get you through the program.

Please disclose any medical/physical issues or impairments that could make learning to ride difficult.

Your course fee comes with the guarantee that we will get you through the MSA Test. If you fail you can come back and retest as many times as it takes. If we feel you have a lot of practice needed we will ask you to ride a bicycle regularly. This helps immensely.

If you cannot pass the MSA (Parking Lot Test) or continue to fail and/or the instructor feels that you are unsafe for the road, you will not be able to attend the road rides. We will work with you in future classes to get your MSA.

RE-TESTS:

If you let your license expire and you need to take your MSA test again. It costs $50. Motorcycle and Gear provided.

FINAL ROAD TEST – The Class-6 final road test will be assessed by ICBC and it costs $50.

Our motorcycles are learning tools and instruments. They are NOT to be used for anything outside the skills being taught or asked of you. If you decide to attempt a skill without our consent. ALL damage is your responsibility.

Please be aware that if during the road riding portion of your course, you damage your motorcycle beyond superficial damage, you are responsible for the cost of replacing the parts you damaged as well as the labour. Parts include but are not limited to: headlights, fenders, shift levers, handle bars, pegs and mirrors.

Please have a basic understanding of the English language. We do out best to work with language barriers but missing important instructions can cause injuries.

Any ABUSE or NEGLECT on 1st Gear’s motorcycles that could, or does cause any type of harm and/or accident will result in immediate termination of your course without refund. You will be responsible for any damage resulting from the incident.

Safety Equipment Requirements

D.O.T. approved motorcycle helmet (included)
Leather gloves (included)
Reflective safety vest (included)
Leather, denim (jean), or Textile jacket (included)
Leather, denim (jean), or Textile full length pants (Not included)
Footwear made of sturdy material, high enough to cover your ankle. This will protect you against hot exhaust pipes, road debris, and will offer additional ankle support. (Not included)
1st Gear Motorcycle School. will supply all students with the use of a motorcycle, a D.O.T./ Snell approved helmet, leather riding gloves, full body rain gear and reflective safety vests.

Please note:

1st Gear Motorcycle School cannot guarantee anyone person’s ability to pass the MSA, the final road test, or to safely operate a motorcycle. 1st Gear’s mission is to teach new riders safe, survival riding skills, in a diligent and professional manner. The instructors have the responsibility of constantly evaluating each student throughout the program to ensure their safety and the safety of others. If an instructor feels that a student does not possess the skills to safely operate a motorcycle and they could hurt themselves or others, the instructor reserves the right to stop training immediately. We will work with the student on a plan to finish the course.