At Studio Cycle Group, we are all motorcycle, scooter and ATV enthusiasts and know what it takes to have a fun and safe riding experience. Whether you are new to riding or not, it's always important to know and remember the essentials. Regardless of the topic, when in doubt, contact us and speak with one of our expert riders or technicians who will be more than happy to share their knowledge, experience and passion with you.
In order to get a motorcycle license in the Province of Ontario, one has to go through the Graduated Licensing System. This system consists of three classes: M1, M2 & M.
Scooters and mopeds up to 49cc have their own licensing classification (“LSM” for Limited Speed Motorcycle), and also consists of three classes: M1L, M2L & ML.
M1: The test for M1 is a written test and can only be taken at the Ministry of Transportation Drive Test Centres. The test costs $15. It is recommended to read the Official Motorcycle Handbook prior to this test (available for sale at Studio Cycle Group). The M1 license is valid for 90 days.
M1 testing facilities:
|Brampton||59 First Gulf Blvd, Unit #9 Brampton, ON L6W 4P9|
|Toronto Downsview||Downsview Park 37 Carl Hall Road Toronto, ON M3K 2E2|
|Toronto Etobicoke||Centenial Park Plaza 5555 Eglinton Ave. W. Etobicoke, ON M9C 5M1|
|Toronto Metro East||Victoria Terrace Plaza 1448 Lawrence Ave E., Unit 15 North York, ON M4A 2S8|
|Toronto Port Union||The Village of Abbey Lane Shopping Centre 91 Rylander Blvd., Unit 109A Scarborough, ON M1B 5M5|
M2 and M: We strongly encourage everyone to sign up for a motorcycle training course. Trained instructors will ensure that you receive all of the valuable knowledge and skills required to operate a scooter or motorcycle with confidence. At the end of the course, you will go through the M1 or M2 exit tests and receive the upgrade documentation for your motorcycle license.
Motorcycle training schools in the GTA include:
- Centennial College: http://db2.centennialcollege.ca/ce/coursedetail.php?CourseCode=CEMO-805
- Humber College: http://www.humber.ca/motorcycle/
- Rider Training Institute: http://www.ridertraining.ca/
- Motorcycle Training Organization of Halton Peel: http://www.mtohp.com/
- Learning Curves: http://www.learningcurves.ca/
- Motor Soul Riding School: http://www.motorsoul.ca/
- Sharp Rider: http://www.sharpridermotorcycletraining.com/
Rental Gear: Check out our rental gear program to ensure you have everything you need to participate in your motorcycle course! Click here for more details.
The most important piece of equipment to invest in is a properly fitted, high quality helmet with a DOT or SNELL safety rating. Never borrow a helmet or accept a second hand helmet from someone – it may not be sized correctly for you, and if it was ever dropped, its integrity and your safety may have been compromised.
Start by measuring the size of your head. You can do this with a soft tape measure. Most helmet manufacturers have sizing charts that list the circumference for each size in centimeters (for example, 55cm = size small). When you try the helmet on, it should fit snugly, slightly pushing your cheeks, and not shifting when you move your head up/down or side to side. Keep in mind that all helmet linings shrink slightly with wear. Different brands will also fit differently, so try on a variety of helmets until you find one that is best suited for you. Companies such as Arai have three different organic helmet shapes so speak with a helmet consultant to be fitted properly.
Do not be distracted by features such as Bluetooth technology. The primary goal of a helmet is to protect you – your buying decision should be based on comfort, quality and safety rating. Style and additional features come second. Helmets should be replaced every 3 to 5 years.
Once you have a proper helmet, invest in the corresponding safety apparel: jacket, gloves, pants, boots, a rain suit, eye protection, and possibly earplugs. Safety gear with protectors should have a recognized safety rating (such as CE safety certification). A quality jacket is usually equipped with back, shoulder and elbow protection. Leather gloves and boots that cover your ankles are recommended. Choose breathable garments and always take the time to find the correct size. Clothing should fit snugly for best protection. Invest in items that have quality fabrics, stitching, and a manufacturer warranty.
Ask us about seasonal items, waterproof gear, multi-layer, multi-functional apparel, high visibility, heated gear, and more!
Know your skill level and your personal needs. Never let a sales person sell you their best bike because it may not be the best bike for you. Sit on a variety of models and assess their comfort, controls, weight and displacement. Consider where you plan to ride, how far, how often, alone or with a passenger, in the city or on the highway. All of these factors should help you select the perfect bike. A professional sales person should be able to help you find the model that best suits your needs and your budget. Ask about after sales service, parts availability, warranty coverage, and overall brand quality when making your selection.