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Q. Where is the school located?

A. We are approximately a one-hour drive, Southwest of the Nation's Capital, from Centretown Ottawa. 25 minutes west of North Gower just outside the city limits, off Roger Stevens Drive in Beautiful Lanark County. Approximately 15 minutes east of Smiths Falls. Exact directions will be provided after registering.

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Q. Does the course run rain or shine?

A. Yes! Off-Road riding is usually enjoyable in the rain. It keeps the dust down, the additional traction challenges actually help teach control and you don't have to wash the bikes or do the laundry. Exception: If there's been a monsoon for several days and the training area is heavily flooded, then we will advise you prior to your scheduled training and re-book.

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Q. What time does training start and finish on weekends?

A. Regular weekend start times are: Two-Hour Session 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. 10:30 - 12:30 p.m. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Half Day Session (4 hours) 8:00 - 12:00 noon 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Full Day Session (8 hours) 8:00 - 4:00 p.m. Note: If you are the only individual or small family group booked on your training date, then we can be flexible in regards to a start time.

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Q. Do you provide training during weekdays?

A. Yes, private lessons or sessions can be arranged/tailored to our mutual availability. Normally, training would only be available in the evenings, after 5:00 p.m. A simple phone call and we could probably make it happen most weeks. On-Road 'Street Bike' private lessons / tutoring is available as well, time and location mutually agreed upon.

** Your own insured street bike and riding gear is required **


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Q. Can I bring my own bike and or riding gear to the course?

A. Yes, with a few conditions: - Your safety gear fits properly, is in good condition and meets our standards - Your Bike must pass our basic safety inspection on the day of your class. Non-standard "Loud" mufflers or exhaust systems are not permitted (No motocross bikes please). - Session or hourly rates will be adjusted if you supply or own bike or riding gear. If in doubt call us for clarification.

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Q. Do you train absolute novices?

A. Yes, most of our students have never ridden before. We are very experienced at teaching novices. Our staff also teaches adults with the Ottawa Safety Council in a variety of their programs.

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Q. How old does my child have to be?

A. We recommend at least 6 years of age. The child should be able to confidently ride a bicycle without training wheels. Although we have trained some five year olds, we have found a few unable to understand and follow basic instructions. This can become a safety issue. At our discretion the lesson may have to stop.

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Q. Do many females take the course?

A. Yes, over the last several years, over a third of our students were females of all ages and experience levels. If you would like to learn so you can ride along side your significant other, then this would be the perfect fit for you. With our private, safe and non-intimidating approach to motorcycle riding, we’ll have you riding and feeling confident within a short time.

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Q. Can I be in the same group as a family member or friend?

A. Yes, as long as you are both of the same age group or riding experience level.

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Q. I have been riding for over 20 years, can I learn anything?

A. Yes, if you are a street rider and are considering Off-Road riding, then Off-Road terrain can enhance your control on pavement as well. “Rear wheel lock-ups” and collision avoidance training on grass is a technique used to help you develop a feel for compromised traction and slide control.

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Q. I have never ridden; will I be in the same group as a person who has?

A. No. We try to book students into sessions with others of the same approximate age, abilities and perceived skill acquisition rate. Children who are on non-clutch bikes will likely progress much faster then those with a clutch. Some exceptions are made for family groups as long as everyone is patient and everyone is having fun. We want to maintain a friendly, non-intimidating lesson flow. There is no test at the end of the day, so as long as you are having fun, learning and are safe, we are all happy.

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Q. Which bike will I ride at the course?

A. We have a variety of both Honda and Yamaha training bikes, we will select the appropriate motorcycle according to your rider profile based on age, height and experience level.

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Q. Who is responsible for damage to the bikes or riding gear?

A. You are. An insurance fee of $15 for bikes under 100cc, and $25 for bikes 100cc and up is payable in advance of your session as a form of insurance at the start of the course. If you have concerns about damaging the equipment then pay the small fee, otherwise you are liable for any and all damages incurred. Since 2004, damage to bikes or equipment has been very minimal due to an extremely well supervised method of training.

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Q. Can I pay when I get to the course?

A. Yes. Cash is preferred. However, personal cheque with proper photo ID is also acceptable. We are not currently equipped to accept payment by debit or credit card. Pre-paid bookings will confirm your session date. Cancellations less than 10 days before your start date are subject to a $75.00 non-refundable fee.

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Q. Can I watch my child while they are being trained and can I help?

A. We encourage parents to stay and watch, especially if you are considering buying an Off-Road bike. Better yet, put some gear on and learn with your child. As for helping, unless there is a language barrier, a special need or circumstance, we will thank you but decline your offer.

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Tips From The Pro's

- Our training is designed to benefit new dirt bike enthusiastes of all ages. Kids, youths & adults will learn the proper fundamentals of riding Off-Road. We emphasize safety in our training, enforcing the importance of full protective riding gear from head to toe & the responsible operation of a motorcycle.

- Safety is our number one priority, Parents need to consider their child's age, size & maturity before allowing them to ride. Not all children are ready to ride at the age of 6 years old. Kids will learn about respecting the environment & sharing the trails with others, but mostly ensuring we all have fun.

- After completing a 1/2 day session, a child, youth or adult should possess the necessary knowledge, skill & awareness to safely join the whole family on trail rides.

- The cost of our training is reasonable, the experience is unforgettable & the knowledge will last a lifetime.

- Ride together, Learn together, Grow together!

- Improve your skills and explore the great outdoors

- Get outside and play in the dirt!

- “Treading lightly, always leaves a good impression”

- Set a good example, always wear a helmet and other safety gear

- "Stay safe, have fun and act responsibly" Are steps towards being a responsible rider!

 

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