1. What type of questions do they ask on the M1 test?
- Proper lane position
- Steering control of a motorcycle
- Motorcycle equipment requirements
- Helmet standards
- Carrying passengers or cargo
- Handling dangerous surfaces
- Gear shifting
- Proper maintenance of your motorcycle
- Driving on wet or slippery roads
- Road and traffic signs
- Passing other vehicles
- Emergency vehicles
- Speed limits
- Demerit point system
- Licence suspensions
- Collision reporting
All above information comes from both the Motorcycle Handbook & the Driver’s Handbook. Both are available through the MTO as well as most bookstores.
2. What will I be doing at the Riding Basics course?
Riding Basics: Weekend Course Overview
The First Day
Everyone begins at the same level, learning to walk the motorcycle and getting used to the feel of maneuvering a motorcycle around. Balance, brakes and looking ahead are learned on an unpowered moving motorcycle. There’s a bit of pushing involved here. Students learn how to start up and shut down the motorcycle engines. Now it’s time get into first gear. This means learning about the clutch and its friction zone. A lot of attention is paid to this step. Students must grasp the understanding of smoothly transferring power to the rear wheel with the clutch. Students practice riding slowly and smoothly by keeping the clutch in the friction zone. This exercise is crucial to being able to handle a motorcycle at slow speeds such as in a parking lot or rush hour traffic. The lessons progress step by step with students moving off from a stop, accelerating in first gear, executing circles and right and left-hand turns. The emphasis is always on good clutch control, looking where you want to go, smooth progressive braking and shoulder checks. Each lesson is discussed and demonstrated throughout the course. Questions from the students are always encouraged.
As the first day progresses so do the students as they learn how to upshift and downshift, push steer, and very importantly, to look ahead and through the corners. By the end of the first day, they’ve come a long way from where they started.
The Second Day
The morning of the second day is devoted to traffic awareness and defensive riding techniques. A great deal of attention is paid to potential emergency situations. Straight line braking, swerving around an object, swerve and stop and stopping in a curve are practiced for the first part of the day. In the afternoon, the M2 licensing test is discussed and demonstrated. The students are given practice time and coaching before the test is conducted.
A passing grade gives you your paperwork to take to the ministry to upgrade your licence to an M2. Please refer to Licensing for further information on remaining riding restrictions for the M2 licence.
3. Will I have to do another test when I go to the MTO?
No, we do the testing. Upon passing, RTI will submit your test results to the MTO on your behalf. This will allow you to upgrade your licence to an M2. There are no further tests or costs involved with MTO.
4. Do I have to bring my equipment to the theory class?
No, for the Riding Basics course you do not need to bring your equipment to the theory class. However, if you are unsure if any item of your gear is suitable (your helmet, gloves, jacket, boots etc. must meet our standards for minimum safety gear) you may want to check with the instructors in class. For all courses, you are required to bring your riding safety equipment to the practical part of the course.
5. What if I don't have a helmet?
There are a few places in the GTA that rent helmets, so please feel free to ask for more information when registering.
6. Do I need to have a car licence in order to get my motorcycle licence?
No, a G licence is not necessary. However, an M2 or M class motorcycle licence will give G1 status if you do not already have a G1 learners permit.
7. Why should I take a riding safety course?
A friend who has offered to teach you may not have the best riding habits. Take a course and learn good habits from the beginning. A course will offer you: 15 hours of step by step instruction using the courses motorcycles in an enclosed space. The participants are also trained in defensive riding techniques and how they relate to traffic situations. In addition, there is three hours of classroom discussion that cover a variety of topics including risk factors, licensing, traffic hazards, insurance and riding gear. You will also gain a possible insurance discount when you earn your M2 licence after taking a Ministry-approved course.
8. What kind of bikes do you use?
The types of bikes vary at the different locations. They range from 125cc to 250cc sports bikes, off-road bikes and cruisers. Your instructors will encourage you to try all the different styles of bikes at the training site.
9. Will my course be done on the road?
The Riding Basics course takes place on an enclosed lot set up with cones for different teaching situations. The Riding Strategies M2Exit Course takes place on the street in real traffic scenarios using your own motorcycle. The Intermediate course is on the road, and the Technical Skills course takes place on an enclosed lot.
10. I am taking my Riding Strategies course, do I have to bring my bike to the theory class?
No, you will not require your motorcycle for the theory class.
11. If I'm not successfull on my first test, can I do a retest?
RTI offers free retesting. However, if you book a retest and do not attend without contacting the office there will be a $25.00 charge to reschedule. Retests are held on Sunday afternoons. See our Policies page for more details.
12. What if I want extra practice before my re-test, can I take private lessons?
RTI offers private lessons, please call our office for details.
13. I passed my licence course but never picked up my new licence, what happens now?
Upon completing the course, you will need to visit a DriveTest Centre in order to pick up your new licence. If you are upgrading from an M1 to an M2/M2L licence you will need to wait until you’ve had your M1 for 60 days before being eligible to go to the DriveTest Centre.
If you’re upgrading from an M2 to an M/ML licence we ask that you wait 72 hours after successfully completing your course before going into a DriveTest Centre to pick up your new licence.
The test results from RTI are only valid for 6 months after your test date. If you fail to do this within 6 months, the paperwork will expire and you will have to re-do your course.
14. How do I become an RTI Instructor?
In order to be considered for employment with RTI as an instructor you must have:
- at least 4 seasons of street riding experience
- a driving record with less than 6 demerit points
- a street legal motorcycle that you actively ride
- a current First Aid/CPR certificate
- a mature attitude and comfort in dealing with a variety of people
- a desire to teach and practice safe riding techniques
- successful completion of our in-house instructor training program
Our in-house training involves approximately 100 hours of your time, divided between classroom sessions held at our office, homework assignments, and 2 apprentice weekends held at our sites (booked between April and June). Classroom training sessions are held from Jan to March and first aid training will be available at an additional cost, if necessary. During your training, we will cover such topics as our curriculum and riding exercises, the history of RTI, human rights and our students, teaching techniques, MTO road rules, etc. Basically, we will try to prepare you to begin effectively training our students on your first apprentice weekend. If you are a successful candidate, then you must instruct a minimum of 4 courses throughout the remainder of the year to maintain good standing with us. Most of our instructors teach well over that number.
If you’re interested, please visit our New Instructor Info Page for more information and to submit an application.
15. More Questions?
If you have questions about what riding safety gear is required for your course, please visit our Gear page to read about jacket, gloves, boots, helmet and other safety gear requirements.
If you have questions about our registration, payment or cancellation policies, or want to know more about the waiver for minors, please visit our Policies Page for more information.
If you have questions about motorcycle licensing in Ontario our Licensing page may have the information you are looking for, or you can visit the MTO website at www.mto.on.ca
Want to know what our students are saying about our courses? Visit our Testimonials page to read what students have said about their experience with RTI courses.