Learn to Ride Basic Beginners Course (Motorcycles & Scooters)

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It is well known that proper Motorcycle and Scooter Rider Training that develops and promotes correct Riding and Road Traffic Safety Skills dramatically reduces the risks of accidents and makes your Motorcycle Riding Experience so much safer. Consider that any time, effort and money spent doing Motorcycle Rider Training to be an invaluable “Investment” in your Riding future.


Our Learn to Ride Basic Beginner Course is a very basic introduction to Motorcycling or Scooter riding which is ideal for absolute Beginners who have never ridden a Scooter or Motorcycle before. It is also recommended for those Folk who, at this stage, are undecided as to whether they will venture beyond the initial “learn to Ride” Phase and for Folk who may doubt their ability to ride and have no idea of how or if, they will carry on into the next phase of Intermediate “riding” or not.

The Course, consisting of 1 x Lesson of 90 minute duration, includes both Theory and Practical Sessions of Basic Motorcycle or Scooter Riding Techniques to develop initial “Beginner” riding kills, all conducted under the guidance of a qualified K53 Motorcycle Riding & Safety Instructor. The Modules change slightly according to whether you ride a “geared” Bike or “automatic” Scooter.

It must be understood and accepted that this is a very basic Rider Course, serving only as an introduction to riding a Motorcycle or Scooter and completion of this Course is only the “beginning” of your Riding Experience. After this Course, we recommend additional Novice to Intermediate Rider Lessons, including K53 Defensive Riding Strategies and basic Traffic & Road Safety Riding Skills. Actual Road and Traffic Riding Safety Skills can only be further developed by spending time in the saddle and accumulating kilometres on the Road, on a Motorcycle or Scooter.

After this Course is completed, we can set up a program of additional Riding Lessons which would include various modules and skills tests that are prepared according to your particular riding ability to further develop your riding skills up until the time you feel confident, competent and comfortable to ride on your own, in the traffic on a Public Road and/or to prepare you for your K53 Motorcycle Test.

We would prefer Riders to have a valid Motorcycle or Scooter Learner’s Licence but as we do not venture onto Public Roads or into Traffic during the Learn to Ride Course, this is optional and at your discretion.

This Course is also perfect for those who are planning a vacation to destinations such as Bali, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Greek Isles, etc and who are considering hiring Motorcycles or Scooters to explore there when abroad. A word of caution, if you intend hiring a Scooter or Motorcycle in a foreign Country, make very certain that you familiarise yourself and comply with their “local” Rider Licensing requirements. Make sure your Travel Insurance covers these Activities, notify the Insurance Company accordingly and read the “fine” print. If you have an accident and heaven -forbid, get injured or injure anyone else and you are not “licensed”, be prepared to expect a most unpleasant outcome..!


Training Venues are varied as we try to secure a suitable safe training environment as convenient as possible to where our Clients are situated. We have 3 x Main Areas where we do our Lessons, with these being Central Suburbs (Montague Gardens), Southern Suburbs (Claremont & Steurhof) and Deep South (Muizenberg and Fish Hoek Valley). All Training Venues are suitable for both “auto” Scooters and “gear” Motorcycles. Please refer to our Training Venue Info Sheet for the latest Venues and the directions to get there.


A “gear” Motorcycle is a little more complex to learn to ride, having a Throttle, Gears and Clutch, a Foot (Back) Brake and a Hand (Front) Brake. Also, the co-ordination of Clutch, Gear and Throttle control as well as keeping your balance is very intimidating to a new Beginner Rider. The initial “learn to ride” process on a “gear” Motorcycle does take longer to develop and to understand and requires a different style of instruction to that of an “auto” Scooter. If a new Rider has some prior understanding of the “gears and clutch” co-ordination such as when driving a car, then the learn to ride process can usually be is a lot easier to understand.


Learning to ride an “auto” Scooter is usually much easier than learning to ride a “gear” Motorcycle. An “auto” Scooter, has all its main “controls” such as Throttle, Back Brake & Front Brake on the handlebars and once a Rider has proper co-ordination of using these Twist and Go “Controls”, together with the skills of handling a Scooter, they are usually quite capable of going onto the next phase of intermediate riding, being an introduction to road riding and safety skills.


A minimum requirement for this Motorcycle & Scooter Learn to Ride Basic Intro Riders Course is the current ability to ride a bicycle and maintain balance. We reserve the Right to disqualify a Client/Rider from the Course if the Client/Rider does not meet the minimum requirements or if the Client/Rider is a risk to themselves and others. If in doubt, please learn to ride a bicycle first, to avoid disappointment.

There are 4 to 5 basic “phases” of Rider Lessons, together with their relevant Skills Modules that take a Beginner Rider with no prior “riding” experience to an Intermediate Rider, capable and competent of riding in “soft” traffic on his/her own. On average, this will require a minimum of 5 hours of training, assuming that the “new” Rider already has the basic balancing skills and has the required ability to understand and co-ordinate the controls of a Scooter or Motorcycle.


Motorcycle & Scooter

LESSON 1 (45 mins)

This Lesson starts with a brief explanation/discussion about the Motorcycle or Scooter, including basic theory and an intro to riding, proper mounting & dismounting procedures, correct seating, operating and understanding the Motorcycle/Scooter controls, etc. We then commence the practical part of the Lesson, mounting the Motorcycle/Scooter including starting up & pulling away in gear, etc. Once Riders get their momentum and their balance improves, we start developing a basic understanding of clutch, throttle and gear control and can pull off and are able to move forward, unassisted, and then we start working on braking techniques and steering.

The outcome of this part of the Lesson is to build up an understanding of clutch, throttle and gear control, pulling away, comfortably riding, steering and stopping.

LESSON 2 (45 mins)

We now concentrate on moving off, braking/stopping, maintaining balance and turning & steering, throttle control, speed management and if possible, gearing up and down. We also concentrate on cornering, manoeuvre around various obstacles such as cones, cars, trees, etc.

The outcome of this Lesson is to develop confidence and to be able to control the Motorcycle or Scooter through all basic tests as required.

Please read through the Program for your Course, kindly take note of the Terms and Conditions, the Course Schedules, the Training Venues, Lesson Times, Costs of Lessons and the required riding gear to wear for the lessons.

For the Lesson, we supply 125cc MotoMia Beretta Scooters and 150cc MotoMia Enzo Motorcycles with Helmets. However Clients are welcome to supply their own.



90 min COURSE – R   350 per Person