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Roadcraft Motorcycle Academy

Roadcraft Motorcycle Academy

FAQ

Where are your courses held?

RoadCraft Motorcycle Academy skills courses run at our closed course training lot on the corner of Steveston highway and No.6 Road in Richmond BC. Our traffic course spans much of the Lower Mainland. MAP LINK

I’ve been riding for years with no problems, WHY DO I NEED ROADCRAFT?

This is the most common reason for riders to think they do not need training. The ease with which we accomplish the everyday riding task lulls us into a false sense of security. We think our skill and experience are keeping us safe. In fact, most riders, if asked, would consider themselves to be “better than average”. Common sense tells us this can’t be possible.

In reality, the reason the ride usually seems so easy is simply because nothing happens to challenge our skill. Really, it’s usually more luck than skill. But, one day, that challenge is coming, and when it does fewer than 1 in 5 riders are successful in dealing with a REAL emergency. Just ONE out of every FIVE.

No matter if you have been riding for just one year or for a lifetime, RoadCraft training will transform the way you ride. Heightened risk awareness. Effective risk reduction techniques. Improved control skills. Greater confidence. After RoadCraft training, you will no longer just THINK you are prepared. You will KNOW you are.

But I took a course before. I don’t need to train again.

We recommend professional novice training for ALL new riders, but novice training is just the beginning. There is much more to be learned about riding skill and safety. Even if you’ve taken advanced training before, unpracticed skills atrophy very quickly. We encourage all riders to practice their skills regularly, and what better way than under the professional supervision of an instructor? Practice only makes perfect if correct technique is practiced.

What qualifications do your instructors have?

RoadCraft instructors are all experienced, ICBC licensed riding school instructors. We have well over 75 years of accumulated rider training experience on staff, (not just years as riders) and literally millions of kilometers in the saddle. No other BC motorcycle school can boast this kind of knowledge and expertise. We take training seriously, regularly taking skills courses ourselves. For more information on individual instructors, see our ABOUT US page.

What type of riding gear is required for training?

Students are required to wear adequate gear for riding safety while on our program. Minimum acceptable safety gear is a DOT certified helmet less than 5 years old, (true DOT helmets are required, no tiny “beanie” style helmets) a motorcycle jacket, gloves, jeans and boots. For optimum safety it is recommended riders wear a full-face helmet, and fully armoured, motorcycling-specific safety gear from head to toe. Full-face helmets are available to borrow for riders that do not have an acceptable approved helmet.

When is the next available course?

Consult our COURSE CALENDAR to view our list of upcoming training programs. Our 2016 training programs are posted and are accepting registrations. Book early to reserve your spot!

How do I book into a class?

The fastest and most secure way to register is through our online registration provider, Karelo.com. Follow the REGISTER NOW! links found on our site. If you’d rather deal in person (well, over the phone) Please call us at 604-274-2292 or send an email to roadcraftacademy@gmail.com. You do not need to be sure of which training dates you want in order to reserve a spot!

What if I need to cancel or reschedule?

Cancellation/refund requests made (14) fourteen days prior to the course start date will receive a full refund less $100 + applicable taxes. (There are costs involved for us that must be covered) NO REFUND will be issued within 14 days of your course start date. Transfers are also possible a minimum of (14) fourteen days prior to the course start date, subject to program availability.

What if the weather changes? Do we ride in the rain?

RoadCraft Motorcycle Academy courses proceed rain or shine. That is, under “normal” weather conditions in the Lower Mainland, it’s business as usual. If unforeseen severe weather forces cancellation of a course, RoadCraft will reschedule the course at our earliest convenience.

Where do the on-road courses go?

Our traffic program rides throughout the Lower Mainland. Routes are chosen with our learning objectives in mind, and we’ll take the “roads less travelled” when and where possible for the sake of interest and enjoyment. The structure of the ride will proceed from low to moderate or high complexity and traffic level, depending on the overall group ability. Rides will include rural, residential and arterial roads and highways, as well as bridges, overpasses, tunnels, winding curves and all types of intersections.

Is a safety inspection required on my motorcycle?

Yes. You will be required to perform a safety inspection on your own motorcycle before participation in our program, and you will sign an inspection form certifying the motorcycle’s safe operating condition. Motorcycles not in street-legal safe operating condition cannot be used on our course. Wide open, unmuffled exhausts also cannot be used on our course (our neighbors would complain!) **Please note: At the moment, Trikes & Sidecar rigs cannot be used for our courses.

Why am I training on my own motorcycle?

RoadCraft Motorcycle Academy courses are about learning real world riding skill and safety, and improving riders’ competence with the bike they own and ride every day. Training on another motorcycle would be less effective.

Will I drop my bike?

One of the reasons riders give for not attempting to improve their skill is the possibility of tipping their bike over and doing some damage. That is understandable, but the fact is, very few students tip over their bikes. Consider that an inability to handle and maneuver your motorcycle at slow speeds reveals a lack of overall control that is hazardous to you in adverse riding conditions or an emergency situation. A “tip over” out in traffic can have disastrous results for a rider, so improving these control skills is critical to your overall safety. Weigh the small possibility of a slow speed tip over against the benefit of improving riding skills that just might save your life one day…

Students are encouraged to practice and refine the correct techniques we teach, before they challenge themselves with increasing maneuver difficulty levels. If our methods are followed, tip-overs are rare. Occasionally, a student does try to push themself a little too hard, too soon and they tip over because they haven’t sufficiently learned – and practiced – the techniques that stop that from happening. Instructors are always on hand to assist students with the learning process. Safety is of paramount concern at RoadCraft, and we will always set safe limits and speeds, but it is up to the students to adhere to those limits and heed advice.

If a bike does tip over it is usually a large cruiser or touring bike. In a slow speed turn, the machine loses momentum, starts to tip, and the rider tries to stop it with their foot, instead of riding the bike out of the situation. On a lighter bike the rider can usually prevent the tip over in this way, but the heavier machines – are just too heavy! Bigger bikes often have engine guards that limit damage to small scratches on the underside of these protective bars. If you do have *pristine* engine guards you can always wrap them with some rubber hose or foam pipe insulation to protect them for the weekend.

Once you embed the proper control techniques you should never have to worry about tipping over or putting your foot down in a slow speed turn again.

What is Karelo.com? Why does the payment site switch to there?

Karelo.com is our secure online registration and payment services provider. Karelo, based in Vancouver BC, has been providing a safe and secure online transaction solution to many sporting clubs and educational events throughout BC since 2001. NEW Secure online payment now supports INTERAC Online! Pay using your financial institution’s own secure online banking service, without any banking or credit card information being made available to RoadCraft or Karelo. Currently RBC Royal Bank, Scotiabank, TD Bank & Bank of Montreal support INTERAC Online, with more financial institutions coming online all the time. View Karelo Privacy Policy