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Motorcycle Safety and Maintenance Training


Available: Continuing Education Classroom

Program Description

Learn how to operate a motorcycle, improve your existing riding skills, and/or learn how to perform maintenance and minor repairs to a motorcycle with SAIT's motorcycle safety and maintenance training courses. SAIT is a certified Alberta Transportation training provider and offers the largest unobstructed training area in the province at the Art Smith Aero Centre.

For those who are new to riding a motorcycle, SAIT provides the opportunity to ride in a safe and controlled environment before venturing out on the road. Our partnership with Blackfoot Motosports provides learners with access to a number of different motorcycle models and sizes, giving each rider a customized learning experience.

For those with riding experience who are looking to improve existing skills, SAIT provides an opportunity to practice advanced long distance riding skills through a day-long road trip course. SAIT also offers motorcycle maintenance training that is geared towards experienced motorcycle owner/operators who are familiar with their motorcycle.

Admission Requirements

MOTR 139: Motorcycle Operation and Safety

  • Students must sign a liability waiver before participating in MOTR-139
  • Students must bring a heavy jacket (leather, denim or other heavy material), gloves, and ankle high minimum shoes or boots for MOTR-139.
  • Helmets are available for those riders who don't have their own.
  • View the Motorcycle Operation and Safety Handbook.

MOTR 134: Motorcycle class 6 Road Test Preparation

  • Students must have completed an Alberta Transportation approved motorcycle safety course within the last year (MOTR 139). We will accept applicants who have completed motorcycle training through Alberta Transportation approved motorcycle training providers other than SAIT within the last year, however proof of training and course success is mandatory.
  • Returning SAIT students who have completed can use our motorcycles/helmets. Students who have not completed MOTR-139 must rent a SAIT Motorcycle and are required to bring their own helmet. Contact 403.210.4052 for more information.
  • Students must sign a liability waiver prior to participating in MOTR-134.
  • Students are required to wear proper safety apparel for this course. This includes a leather or denim jacket, ankle high shoes/boots, gloves, DOT approved helmet.

MOTR 118: Motorcycle Maintenance

  • Knowledge of the owner's manual is necessary and the student is requested to bring it to first class as well as their own motorcycle.
  • Must be a current motorcycle owner/operator and familiar with your motorcycle.

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Motorcycle Maintenance MOTR-118 Classroom
Motorcycle Operation and Safety MOTR-139 Classroom
Motorcycle Class 6 Road Test Preparation NEW MOTR-134 Classroom
Motorcycle Operation and Safety Training Refresher MOTR-141 Classroom
Advanced Long Distance Riding MOTR-142 Classroom

SAIT Motorcycle Courses FAQ

  • Where is the training held?
    Both the classroom and on-road Motorcycle Safety training is held at the state of the art SAIT Aerocentre, 1916 McCall Landing NE, Calgary. The Aerocentre is a professional education facility, with state of the art classrooms and media technology. The on-road Motorcycle Safety training location is the only obstruction free motorcycle training area in Calgary; no curbs, trees, or other dangerous obstacles exist in our training area. SAIT's facility is also the largest training lot in Calgary at over 1.5 ACRES. The SAIT Motorcycle Maintenance course is held at the SAIT main campus.
  • What do I need to take the course?
    For the theory portion of the course, no equipment is required. For the riding portion of the course (MOTR-139; Motorcycle Operation and Safety), you will need a DOT approved helmet (preferably a full face helmet), ankle high boots, gloves, and either a heavy denim or leather jacket. Long pants are also required. 
  • Do you supply helmets?
    Yes, helmets are available for those riders who don't have their own.
  • Do I need to have a motorcycle to take the course?
    No, Blackfoot Motosports provides SAIT with motorcycles for students to use during the course.
  • What types of bikes will we be riding?
    The SAIT Motorcycle Safety Course offers the students a chance to ride a variety of motorcycles to ensure they get a chance to try different riding styles. The motorcycles are brand new, supplied and kept in excellent condition by our industry partner Blackfoot Motosports. We have small motorcycles, cruisers, sports bikes, scooters, and duel sport motorcycles.
  • Can you accommodate larger or smaller individuals?
    Yes, we have a variety of different motorcycles to suit different riders including smaller dirt bikes, enduros, cruisers, and sport bikes.
  • Do you run the course if it's raining etc.?
    We are prepared to train as long as conditions are safe. The SAIT Motorcycle Safety Course has a distinct advantage however, as the surface of our training lot is unique compared to other training facilities, and offers superior traction, and water dissipation
  • Will the SAIT Motorcycle Safety course prepare me for my road test?
    The SAIT Motorcycle Safety course focus is on rider safety, however, skills taught during the course will help the student when challenging the Class 6 license. SAIT also offers a one hour road test preparation course (MOTR 134) which is an invaluable preparation for the Class 6 road test. We highly recommend students take Class 6 Road Test Preparation (MOTR 134) prior to the Class 6 Road test exam.
  • Will I receive a deduction in my insurance after taking the course?
    Insurance deductions are at the discretion of your insurance provider. That said, many insurance providers offer deductions for clients if they have taken a Motorcycle Safety Training course.
  • Do you offer group training?
    Yes, we can arrange custom training for small to large groups. Please contact 403 284-8004 for more information.
  • Do you offer one on one training?
    Yes, please call 284-8004 for information and scheduling one on one training.
  • Do you offer Class 6 Road Testing?
    Yes, students enrolled in MOTR-139 will be able to take the Class 6 road test through SAIT using a SAIT motorcycle if necessary. We offer road testing on Sundays and during the weekdays at two separate Calgary locations.