What will I learn at the Gearing Up program?

Students are placed with qualified, experienced motorcyclists who have completed an instructor training program developed by the Canada Safety Council. Each instructor works with a small group of students thus insuring plenty of student/instructor contact.

Students are taken from basic skills such as balancing the motorcycle, through correct use of brakes, proper procedures for starting a motorcycle to use of the clutch and control of the motorcycle at slow speeds. As confidence increases they're introduced to use of the transmission and corner negotiating techniques. Moving on to more demanding exercises students are taught how to avoid collisions through the correct application of emergency braking and counter steering techniques.

While the majority of the time is spent on a motorcycle, there is a portion of the course which is delivered in a classroom environment. Students learn defensive riding strategies and risk awareness skills they can use in conjunction with their on-bike skills.

Throughout the course emphasis is placed on practicing the just-learned techniques. The course delivery is such that learners can keep pace with little difficulty. At the end of the course you'll be tested to determine how well you've learned. More importantly, though, the final test gives the student an idea of where their weaknesses are and how to improve on them.