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Getting your Motorcycle License within Saskatchewan Print E-mail
Friday, 28 April 2006



Thinking of getting a motorcycle and riding towards the horizon??

First thing you need to know is that this how-to is specific to getting your M Endorsement within Saskatchewan. Other provinces will likely differ to some extent but the concept should remain similar.

Geting your M endorsement isn't anything to lose any sleep over but like anything else, it requires a commitment and a willingness to learn.

In this article, we'll look at the following steps:

1. Get your Motorcycle Handbook

2. Prepare for the Learners exam
3. Book / Write your learners test
4. Take the Motorcycle Safety Course
5. Practice Practice Practice
6. Take the Road Test
7. Ride



1. Get your Motorcycle Handbook

You can pick one up for free at any local SGI outlet where you normally renew your license and plate your car.  You will also want to pick up a recent Driver's Handbook as well since the learners exam will cover topics within that as well.

In 2006, SGI also made their handbooks available online.  You can view all the handbooks available on SGI's website at http://www.sgi.sk.ca/sgi_pub/instructional/index.htm or download the motorcycle handbook and driver's handbook from SMA at the following links:

Motorcycle Handbook (Updated 2007)
Driver's Handbook (Updated 2007)

2. Prepare for the Learners exam

Read the Motorcycle Handbook from cover to cover.  Especially if you've never ridden a bike before, there is some good information in there that you will be expected to know when you take the test.  You don't need to meditate on every word...just a quick read through.

You will also want to brush up on your signs and basic rules of the road in the Drivers handbook as well.  Depending on how long it's been since you've taken your regular learners test, how much time you spend on this will vary.  Since SGI has you in their midst once again, they like to throw some basic questions at you in addition to the motorcycling specific ones.  I know that many have shown up for the test and failed since they didn't brush up on this.

The test consists of 3 sections: Signs - 30 questions, you need 26/30 to pass; Basic Rules of the Road, 20 questions and you need 16/20, and then 20 Motorcycle questions and you need to get 16/20.

3. Book / Write your learners test

In rural centers, you may need to book your appointment.  In Regina and Saskatoon, you can just walk in and write it anytime.  Call your local Examination office to find out if you need to book or not.

The list of Examination offices in the province at the time of this article being published is as follows (Click for more info):

District Offices:

Estevan
Kindersley
Lloydminster
Moose Jaw  
North Battleford 
Prince Albert
Regina
Saskatoon
Swift Current
Tisdale 
Weyburn 
Yorkton

Satellite Offices:

Please note that for centers where you had to book an appointment, there may be a time limit imposed for writing the exam.  In centers where it's walk in, there is no time limit.

The test costs $10.00 to write and you will know after each section of the test if you passed or not. 

If you did manage pass the test, you will be given an eye exam (not a formal one, just a look in here and tell me what colour light you see) and you will be given a piece of paper that you need to take to an issuer to get it endorsed for $10.00.

Now that you your learners permit, you can legally ride on public roadways with these restrictions:

- No passengers
- You can only ride during the day
- You must remain within 100 kms of the address on your license

If you didn't pass the first time, you are able to come in again the very next day if you wish.  So don't give up, study again and give it another shot.

4. Take the Motorcycle Safety Course

Some people may suggest that you can skip this step but many, including myself, think that it is quite possibly the most important step of them all.

The course costs roughly $370 and is worth every single penny.
For appointments in the regions listed below, call toll free: 1-800-667-5111 in northern Saskatchewan or 1-800-667-5105 in southern Saskatchewan. Hours of operation vary for each location.
Assiniboia Kamsack Raymore
Big River Kelvington Redvers
Biggar Kipling Rose Valley
Buffalo Narrows Lanigan Rosetown
Canora LaRonge Rosthern
Carlyle Leader Shaunavon
Carnduff Macklin Shellbrook
Creighton Maple Creek Southey
Davidson Meadow Lake Spiritwood
Esterhazy Melfort St. Walburg
Foam Lake Melville Strasbourg
Fort Qu’Appelle Moosomin Unity
Gravelbourg Nipawin Wadena
Grenfell Outlook Wakaw
Hudson Bay Oxbow Watrous
Humboldt Porcupine Plain Watson
Indian Head Preeceville Wynyard


The course covers:

- Before you start
- Riding tactics for the urban rider
- Traction and control
- The open road
- Balance and braking
- Starting the engine
- Slower speed control
- Higher speed control
- Basic traffic behavior
- Emergency techniques

They supply the motorcycles and you will spend a weekend learning how to ride.  Everyone I’ve ever talked to about taking the course said that it was a valuable experience and they would recommend it to anyone.

For more information:

Visit http://www.sasksafety.org/
Call (306) 757 3197 or

5. Practice Practice Practice

Before you go for your road test, do some riding and get to a point where you feel comfortable in all conditions before writing the road test.

A motorcycle learner’s permit (Class 6 endorsement) never expires in Saskatchewan so you have lots of time.

Stay away from group rides for the first while.  Many times, adrenaline gets the better of you while on a group ride and you may find yourself riding beyond your capabilities trying to keep up with more experienced riders.  Feel free to ride with a friend or two as long as they are the type of rider who’s going to understand you are a newbie and will ride accordingly.

6. Take the Road Test

You will need to book your road test and depending on the center, it can take up to a month or more to get an appointment.  The test costs $22.00 and is available at all the examination centers in the province.

You will need proper riding gear (Your motorcycle handbook with cover what you need).  At minimum, you will need a helmet, jeans and a decent jacket.  Basically, don’t show up with shorts and a t-shirt and you should be fine.

The bike you take the test on must have working lights (signals), a working kill switch and a working horn.  It also needs to be in good mechanical condition (such as good tires etc).

They will frown on you trying to take the test with flushmounts (small signal lights) and things of that nature.  If you can get your hands on a bike that pretty much stock, you will be allowed to take the test no problem.  If they don’t like something about the bike, they will tell you what’s wrong and tell you to come back with it fixed or with a different bike.

Most instructors will allow you to take the test in the rain but there is the odd occasion when they will require a reschedule due to weather conditions.

Once you and your bike are approved, you will be given a headset that you wear inside your helmet.  The instructor has a two way radio in his/her car that he will give you the driving directions from.  SGI supplies this car and the instructor will follow you and tell you what he/she wants you to do.

One of the main things they look for is lane positioning and shoulder checking.  They will also want you to prove that you are in neutral at lights by you removing your hands from the handlebars.  Also, dodging road hazards such as potholes is something they will look at as well.

Once you’ve ridden the test and arrived back at the office, you will be given the goods on what the instructor thought of your performance.

If you pass, congratulations, you are now one of us.  Give yourself a huge pat on the back and try not to smile too much while you head of to the nearest issuer to endorse your new M license.  They’ll need another $22 bucks to get the big M on your license.

If you don’t pass, don’t worry about it to much, you can take it again as soon as the next day (if they can get you in).  Practice some more, take the MSF course if you haven’t already and head on back when you’re ready.

7. Ride

Ride…once you’ve come this far, that’s all you’ll want to do.

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