Sign-up for our Beginner Riders Course. After doing so, you will be given access to the student section of our website. The “Study Area” section contains an on-line version of New Brunswick’s Drivers hand book, as well as practice tests that we have generated to assist with the written test which you will need to pass with Service New Brunswick.
Ensure that you have the following prior to attending the practical part of our course:
- A Certified Motorcycle Helmet – This can be borrowed, but it should fit properly. It must also be labelled certified for motorcycle use. (DOT/Snell/ECE/FIM) Separate eye protection is also required if not included with the helmet.
- Boots – Hiking or similar, that cover your ankle bone. You will need something motorcycle specific after you are licensed, but these will do for our course. Some steel toe boots will work fine, however we have found that some are tall in the toe area, making shifting more difficult.
- Gloves – Nothing fancy, we just need a leather palm. (or leather-ish) Avoid bulky winter gloves because they make operating clutch and brake levers more difficult.
- Jacket and Pants – We are satisfied with denim. (Like typical jeans) Again you WILL require something more substantial and motorcycle specific after you are on the road, but denim will suffice for the practical part of the course.
Attend our Beginner Riders Course. This will consist of a classroom session on Friday night. Due to Covid-19, these classroom sessions will be virtual via Zoom. We hope to return to a physical classroom as soon as practical, as they are much more interactive. Here we will go over some of the items that will be performed out in the parking lot, as well as many riding tactics that you must be aware of when you are out on the road.
The Saturday and Sunday practical sessions take place in the large rear parking lot at NBCC Moncton. You will spend a great deal of time riding in just these two days. In fact, we have recorded between 50km and 60km of riding, in just 2 days of riding in our parking lot. Our exercises employ a “building block” approach to our learning to ride process, meaning each of the 16 main exercises builds upon the last. All of our modern motorcycles are meticulously maintained and are easy to ride. Most of our machines feature aftermarket add-ons such as adjustable levers to accommodate any hand size, and in some cases, lowering links to accommodate the smallest of riders. Our last 2 exercises have an evaluation component. Each student must demonstrate a distinct level of competency in order to pass. DON’T WORRY! Our success rate is fantastic, and we could not be happier with our past results.
You must complete Service New Brunswick’s written test. As of May – 2021, you can either book an appointment to do this test in person at SNB or take this test online. Click HERE for info on the implementation of the online test in New Brunswick. Click the buttons below to take you to the area of Service New Brunswick’s appointment booking area or the on-line written test. It is our understanding that in some larger communities, there is no need to book this in-person written test as they can be given to you on a walk-in basis. Please call SNB first to confirm this.
The test is $25 for the first attempt, and $15 for retakes. After passing this test, you would take your certificate you will have earned in Step #2 above to SNB to show proof that you have completed the training. A new Driver’s License will be issued to you with the expansion letter “H” or “I”. (example “Class 5H or Class 5I”) Our clients have been asked which license they wish to have. “H” for bikes under 550cc or “I” for bikes over 550cc. We always suggest than our clients select the bigger “I” license as it gives you more options selecting a motorcycle. During the summer of 2021, some of our students have taken this written test before attending our riding course. However we have heard that SNB is now asking for the training certificate of completion before this written test.
The handbook states that the written exam consists of 20 questions on “Road Sign Recognition“, 20 Questions on “Rules of the Road“, and 10 Questions on “Rules of the Road – Motorcycle.”
After you have passed, you will be enrolled into the Motorcycle Learner’s License Program.
Your almost done! There are restrictions with the Motorcycle Learner’s License: You cannot ride after dark. You cannot ride with a passenger. You must maintain a blood alcohol level of 0.00 at all times. You cannot pull a trailer behind your motorcycle. There are more specifics. Please refer to SNB’s website for full details HERE. It is our understanding that there is no time limit on maintaining your motorcycle learner’s license. But keep in mind, if you are found in violation of the restrictions listed above while within the program, you will be required to return to Step #1.
After a minimum of 12 months of receiving your “graduated” Learner’s License, you can book an appointment with Service New Brunswick to receive your full motorcycle license. Again, the province of New Brunswick issues 2 distinct licenses. Class 6 is for all motorcycles, Class 6D is for motorcycles with engines smaller than 550ccs. If you already have another form of license (Example: Automobile – Class 5), you will be given an expansion letter “D” for motorcycles less than 550ccs and an expansion letter “A” for all motorcycles. (Class 5D or Class 5A) The engine size in CCs of the motorcycle you ride during the driver’s test will dictate the license class you obtain.
The full motorcycle license will involve a road test. SNB’s road test WILL involve riding in traffic. SNB officials will follow behind you while you ride, giving you directions via helmet mounted radio. SNB could take you on any number of routes, and test you on any number of skills. Click below for a few of our tips for this Road Test.
Once you have completed and passed, you are then free and clear of all licensed restrictions.