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so today i got my L. I feel like its hard to get into riding since nobody i know really does it. I am planning on taking lessons .http://www.kamenrider.ca/

seems good cuz i can use their bikes. but how will i do a skills test? i dont have a bike and even if i bought one, how would i get it to ICBC for the test since you need a supervisor.
 

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Well, I did my training with Pacific Riding School, and they are able to do your MSA test for you using their own bikes. I highly recommend them. I have no experience with KamenRider but you should ask if they do something similar.
 

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Not knowing fellow riders is tough, but don't let that discourage you, you'll make plenty of friends along the way. Like CH says, consider taking a course that can test you too, or go buy a bike
 

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My riding school (BC safety council, not around anymore) provided the bike for both skills test (the school was able to administer that test during class) and the road test. Most schools still provide this.
 

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Pacific Riding School provides bikes and gear, administers the skills test, has priority booking with icbc for the road test and lets u use their bike for the road test. It's a complete package. Check them out.

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As mentioned already, most of the schools provide evrything you nead, both bike and most of the gear. (PRS only doesnt provide boots, but everything else they do) Meeting fellow learners in the class is great, and you get to actually learn proper way of riding. In regards to your questions about bikes and getting it there. FOr PRS (as I took their course) you will do MST at the end of day 2 of parking lot. PRS does this testing. Once you pass that, you get to book the road test. When you book it, you do it through PRS and they will have a bike ready for you in the parking lot to take out for the road test. PRS parking lot and ICBC building are adjacent to one another so examiner just walks out of the building and meets you there.

And to add, from what I saw ProRide will transport bike in the back of their pickup to the ICBC location so that you can do your test.
 

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Great advice here. Can't go wrong with 1stgear or PRS. Definitely take a course, it's a worthy investment.
 

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I just finished my class with 1st gear. It was due to their location and schedule, that I ultimately picked them over PRS.

I have no regrets. It was a great experience and the course material was presented in a great manner that involved the students. The fun nature of it helped pass the time.
Think about it, your life is your most valuable asset. And the layout was great, only three days and you are out with your MSA passed, you can ride solo and join the group rides. 1st gear also has the occasional BBQ, so you can meet more fellow riders during the group rides or BBQ. All it takes is "Hello, nice bike, drop it yet?"

I know when I put it that way, it was a no brainer. I had a friend who could teach me but I don't think I would have put the effort nor the seriousness into it.

1st gear also provides mostly everything, just no boots/pants. Jeans are fine and shoes that cover your ankle. They also offer 3 free group rides when you pass, you can book depending on availability. (Any more, they charge, minor fees though)

As you can see by my join date 2009 (when my best friend got into riding), I was always wanting to ride but kept making excuses. Now I regret not starting sooner. But you know what they say, now or never!

P.S. If you like dark humour, Lionel (instructor/owner) has lots.
 

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I just finished my class with 1st gear. It was due to their location and schedule, that I ultimately picked them over PRS.

I have no regrets. It was a great experience and the course material was presented in a great manner that involved the students. The fun nature of it helped pass the time.
Think about it, your life is your most valuable asset. And the layout was great, only three days and you are out with your MSA passed, you can ride solo and join the group rides. 1st gear also has the occasional BBQ, so you can meet more fellow riders during the group rides or BBQ. All it takes is "Hello, nice bike, drop it yet?"

I know when I put it that way, it was a no brainer. I had a friend who could teach me but I don't think I would have put the effort nor the seriousness into it.

1st gear also provides mostly everything, just no boots/pants. Jeans are fine and shoes that cover your ankle. They also offer 3 free group rides when you pass, you can book depending on availability. (Any more, they charge, minor fees though)

As you can see by my join date 2009 (when my best friend got into riding), I was always wanting to ride but kept making excuses. Now I regret not starting sooner. But you know what they say, now or never!

P.S. If you like dark humour, Lionel (instructor/owner) has lots.
Congrats! 1st gear is another great school. Cant go wrong really. There is an aforementioned BBQ tomorrow at 6pm. Hopefully there is no rain (sun would be even better) See you all there. :)
 

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buy bike, ride in parking lot, ask someone here to escort you to icbc, ride on street.


don't need no stinking course. and say what you want about a group ride with a bunch of noobs.. sounds fucking dangerous to me.
 

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thanks everyone for the replies, i signed up for a group course with 1st gear, hopefully i pass my test, excited. they want me to get shoes that cover my ankles, so thats the goal before i start on the 28th xD.
yeah anyways thanks for all the help.
 

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thanks everyone for the replies, i signed up for a group course with 1st gear, hopefully i pass my test, excited. they want me to get shoes that cover my ankles, so thats the goal before i start on the 28th xD.
yeah anyways thanks for all the help.
I got boots from the army navy surplus, they were acceptable for class and actually not too bad for walking. And if you're on a budget they will do until you can get some proper motorcycle boots.
 

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thanks everyone for the replies, i signed up for a group course with 1st gear, hopefully i pass my test, excited. they want me to get shoes that cover my ankles, so thats the goal before i start on the 28th xD.
yeah anyways thanks for all the help.
That's great to hear man. Have some questions to ask!
 

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I got boots from the army navy surplus, they were acceptable for class and actually not too bad for walking. And if you're on a budget they will do until you can get some proper motorcycle boots.[/QUOTE
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You don't have to spend thousands on gear to start off...work boots or the surplus boots work just fine. Less than $200 gets you a compliant helmet, gloves from Marks and a decent jacket can be second hand. Get trained, then start buying the gear you need for the type of riding on the type of bike you have chosen
 
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