Got a comment in from Ronald H. Ronald decided it was time to get back riding again after a 25 year hiatus. He turned to a motorcycle training school thinking that it was the right move to help him get back on the road, and was disappointed with the results.
We’ve had good things to say about our experiences with the motorcycle training schools in Ontario so far, but not everyone shares the same mind, and Ronald’s comment brings up quite a few points about what the training schools do and don’t offer to students.
Have a look and decide for yourself.
From Ronald H., YouMotorcycle reader:
“After I did not ride for 25 years I decided that I would like to get back into it again. I felt that taking a M-1 exit course would definitely be advantageous. Was I ever wrong! To obtain a M-2 you are after the ability to;
1 – Ride at night.
2 – Take a passenger with you.
3 – Ride on all highways. All with safety in mind.
The college course that I took cost me $500.00. There were about twenty to twenty five of us. We were given the most poorly serviced and maintained bikes I have ever seen. I am a Licensed Auto Mechanic and these bikes definitely would not come close to passing a provincial safety.
We were not allowed to leave the parking lot or exceed Twenty Klms. per Hour. All training was done during daylight hours, no night conditions at all. The fact that riding with a passenger affects the performance and handling of a motorcycle to a large degree was never even considered or demonstrated.
The best part of the course was spent with balance and handling a bike at speeds that are slower than walking speeds. I believe this skill to be a nice skill to have, however like most skills practice and time are required. More than a weekend. People who showed that they could drop their bikes on a regular basis passed the course some how. Try that skill on a busy road!
The result was disappointing, I failed the course. I was unable to handle the bike at very slow speeds through a preset course and maintain proper balance. My braking, and handling at 10 to 20 klms. per hour were fine. I was told that I could retake the test or course at a cost in the near future. I don’t think that will happen. Since than I have rode my Virago 1100 for 10,000 klm. without incident on a M-1 License. I plan on doing the Ministry test for the M-2 at a cost of less than $100.00.
– Ronald H.”
Please leave your opinions on the M1 exit course in the comments.
So what’s the deal? Is the M1 Exit Course all that bad, or is it just fine?
I was going to share my own thoughts on Ronald’s comment, but I decided to leave this one open to other readers. Please leave your opinions in the comments.