Every now and again I get questions from readers and I try to help them out. Last week I got this email from Stephanie in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, YouMotorcycle’s home base.
I’m not sure if you respond to general questions but I thought I’d ask. I’m about to get a Vespa that can go up to about 120 km/hr. I was wondering if all I would need is my M1 or if I would need more of a full motorcycle license. I will only be driving on city streets in Toronto, ON so I will not be exceeding a speed limit of about 50 km/hr. Also how long is an M1 active? Thanks for your time.
Being both a motorcyclist and a gentleman (*snort*), I answered.
Your M1 lasts a minimum of 30 days (after that time you can upgrade it to an M2 via an M1 exit course), to a maximum of 90 days (after which you must either upgrade it or re-write the M1 exit test).
You can find info on your M1 here.
You can write the M1 test for practice here.
You can find out about getting your M2 / learn about the M1 exit test here.
The Ministry of Transportation doesn’t care what kind of motorcycle or scooter you ride. You can ride a scooter or a Suzuki Hayabusa with your M1, but there are certain restrictions (no 400-series highway riding, no alcohol, no riding past half an hour after sunset and no riding before half an hour prior to sunrise).
I hope this helps.