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Gearing Up Motorcycle (Beginner)


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Motorcycle Registration Opens mid March 2024.

Course Location: Winnipeg, CFB Shilo, Winkler, Dauphin, Thompson
Course Duration: 16-20 hours – 4 hrs theory & 12-16 hrs practical
Course Fee: $530 per person

MPI provides a $200 rebate on the Gearing Up(Beginner) course when participants complete the entire course (theory, practical, and testing) whether you pass or fail. Safety Services Manitoba issues and mails the rebate to students 4 to 6 weeks after completing the course.


Licence documentation and photo ID – Students must hold a 6M motorcycle licence (knowledge test) that can be obtained at any MPI Service Centre.  To learn more about licensing, download MPI’s Motorcycle Handbook or contact MPI.

All students must provide their own riding gear, including:

  • Motorcycle helmet – CSA, DOT, ECE or Snell approved
  • Eye protection – face shield on helmet or any type of glasses
  • Sturdy jacket – motorcycle textile/leather riding jacket, denim or leather (jackets must be able to be done up)
  • Gloves – Full fingered, leather palmed (no knuckle cut-outs accepted)
  • Sturdy pants – motorcycle textile/leather riding pants or jeans (no sweatpants, track pants, etc.  Pants must not have holes in them)
  • Boots – must cover the ankles and be made of a sturdy leather with rubber soles (no athletic shoes/sneakers, high heels or leather soled cowboy boots)

Your riding gear must be inspected and at the Instructor’s discretion, approved at the first session. Students without proper gear will be sent home with no refund.

Courses run regardless of weather conditions – be prepared and dress accordingly. Rain gear may be worn over protective riding gear.

Please bring your own re-fillable water bottle.

***Students who reside outside the Province of Manitoba can only take the GEARING UP MOTORCYCLE TRAINING and do not qualify for the MPI rebate.***

Course Description

The Gearing Up (Beginner) program is Canada’s leading course for training novice riders. It provides instruction for a full range of students: from those who have no experience to those who have experience but wish to expand their skills.

The Gearing Up (Beginner) course has a 3-4 hour classroom course discussing riding gear, defensive riding techniques and an introduction to the riding equipment and then either a 2 day or 4 evening course that progresses through the preliminary riding steps and then moves into collision avoidance, braking and swerving techniques.  Although it is designed to help students who have never ridden before, the second half of the course covers more advanced materials than the Basic course has time to cover.  The Gearing Up (Beginner) course gives the students more saddle time and is a nationally recognized Canada Safety Council Course.

Participants who pass the Gearing Up course’s MOST 2 skills test will also receive a nationally recognized Canada Safety Council Certificate.

This course is pass or fail. There is an additional fee to enroll in a Refresher or Retest course.

Click here for more information on retesting opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Appropriate riding attire
  • Pre-ride safety check
  • Proper riding position and balance of the motorcycle
  • Cold starting and shut-down
  • Clutch control
  • Motorcycle dynamics (slow speed balance, control, and steering)
  • Gear shifting
  • Traffic behaviour simulation
  • Push steering
  • Emergency braking
  • Emergency swerving
  • Collision avoidance
  • Negotiating curves at speed
  • Stopping in curves

What our students are saying

  • “The knowledge, experience and ability my instructors had was amazing!!”
  • “Great experience, lots of knowledge, great people.”
  • “I recommend that all novice riders take the 20-hour course.”
  • “I can’t believe how much I’ve progressed.”
  • “The teamwork and delivery of the course was world class.”
  • “I teach for a living; I know how hard it is to do. I’ve become a better driver (car, too) and a better teacher.”