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Before you ride

To qualify to learn to ride a motorcycle,
you must:
• be 16 years of age or older
• hold a valid driver's licence
• have a person supervise you while you
   are learning. A supervisor is required until
   you have passed a class 6 road test

Taking a class 6
knowledge test

The knowledge test consists of 30 questions
about safe-driving practices for motorcycle
riders, rules of the road, and traffic control
signs and signals, as well as licensing
information. This test is done on a computer.
The motorcycle (class 6) knowledge test
questions are based on this guide and the
A Driver’s Guide to Operation, Safety and
Licensing (formerly the Alberta Basic Licence
Driver’s Handbook).


Knowledge tests can be taken at most
Alberta registry agent offices. A test permit
must be purchased for the knowledge test.
If more than one test is needed, a permit
must be purchased for each test.

The motorcycle knowledge test must be
passed before the road test is taken.

Taking a motorcycle
rider training course

It is recommended that all new riders take
a course to learn how to ride a motorcycle
safely. Balance and control skills will
be taught at these courses, as well as
motorcycle riding theory.

 

 Some specific skills taught may be:
• weaving left and right through markers
   (serpentine)
• making a circle or figure eight pattern
   while riding
• riding at a slow speed in a straight line
• shifting up, shifting down then turning
   left and right
• changing gears to prepare for curves.
• starting and moving on a hill
• stopping quickly in an emergency
• steering and braking methods to avoid
   obstacles or a collision

Practice your riding

As a learning rider, before you have a class
6 licence, you must have a supervisor. The
person supervising you must:
• hold a valid full class 6 driver’s
   licence (cannot be in the graduated
   driver licensing program)
• provide supervision at all times by:
    · being seated on the learning rider’s
      motorcycle, or
    · following on another motorcycle, or
    · following in a vehicle

8  A Rider's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing

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