Getting a Motorcycle license

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I have recently decided to give up my car and switch to a motorcycle. Reason being the costs associated with the car ownership: 1. Insurance ($167.87 per month); Gas ($20-$60 per weekend, a lot more if driven daily); Parking ($1-$6 per hour in some areas); Maintenance ($∞ – in a little over than 4 months I’ve changed 4 tires, got a replacement fuel filter and a few smaller things like new stereo, aux cables, etc.). I have failed my first attempt at passing the “N” test in late June, and the next available date is in mid-September, which is, frankly, complete BS. In addition to that, I pay $124 for my monthly bus pass, because I am not allowed to drive alone. /rant

Why a motorcycle over a car?

  In comparison, I can get a starter motorcycle for ~$2000 (like a Honda CBR 125), insurance for ~$50 per month, and $10 worth of gas for 400 km, which will last me 2-3 weeks. Parking is free in most areas, and maintenance costs are clearly lower. I saw a ton of gear on Craigslist, like $200 armoured pants, $100-$200 helmets and $40 gloves (safety first). That ends up saving me $50 monthly over using public transit in the long run, and helps me cut the commute time by 1/2 (30 additional minutes of sleep are sometimes priceless). I decided not to even consider scooters, because a part of my route to work involves highway commute (scooters are not allowed on highways due to speed restraints).

Steps to getting a motorcycle license – if you have a “L” or “N” class license, or no car license at all:

1. Get your “L” license through a computer-based test ($15 fee for a 40-question multiple choice test and a vision check). [after you pass, you will get a class 8L (for Learners) license];

After you complete the test, you are allowed to ride with a qualified supervisor (25 y.o. or older, on a motorcycle/scooter that is 250cc or more).

2. 30 days after your computer test, you can take a shot at passing the MST (Motorcycle Skills Test), which is taken at the parking lot – you need to ride around cones, show how to back up and other small stuff. There are some restrictions as to what motorcycle you can use (particularly, as to its motor capacity).

3. 12 months after the MST, you can take the class 8 test; upon completion of which you will receive an 8N license (N for Novice).

4. 24 months after the “N” test, you can take the class 6 exam, after which you get the full license.

Steps to getting a motorcycle license – if you have a class 1-5 car license:

1. Get your “L” license through a computer-based test ($15 multiple choice, which I imagine is a lot like the above-mentioned “L” test, and vision check). [after you pass, you will get a class 6L (for Learners) license];

After you complete the test, you are allowed to ride with a qualified supervisor (25 y.o. or older, on a motorcycle/scooter that is 250cc or more).

2. 14 days after your computer test, you can take a shot at passing the MST (Motorcycle Skills Test), which is taken at the parking lot – you need to ride around cones, show how to back up and other small stuff. There are some restrictions as to what motorcycle you can use (particularly, as to its motor capacity). [after you pass, you will get a class 6N (for Novice) license];

3. 30 days after the MST, you can take the actual road test; upon completion of which you will receive a full license [class 6].

And that’s all. I’m on the last 3/4 of the guide, and planning to take the knowledge test this Friday. I will let you know as soon was I take the test. Wish me luck!

>>>Edit: Aug. 7, 2013: I have passed the computer test! Was rushing through because it was a few minutes before I had to take the bus to go to work, so I got 80% even (the minimum to pass), yet I passed! Now to pass the MST in 30 days.

>>>Edit: Sept. 14, 2013: I have passed the MST at the Burnaby location, where it was not necessary to book the appointment. The test is fairly easy, you need to ride around cones, show clutch handling skills (the instructor walks beside you at a slow speed, and you need to ride at the same speed) and do full 180-degree turn and emergency stopping. A piece of cake!

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Comments

  1. Young - October 21, 2014 @ 10:17 PM

    Silly Question, where do i get a motorcycle to take the MST? Rent? Borrow? or, can i buy a motorcycle after getting my class 6L license? so that i can use for the test.

    • Simple Vancouver - October 22, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

      Rent, borrow or buy. Technically, you can already buy and insure a motorcycle as long as you have received your 6L (after the motorcycle-specific knowledge test). Keep in mind, that you still need a 25+ y.o. supervisor to escort you to the MST.
      I have brought a friend with me to my MST, and we went riding after that. After the ride I was pretty excited to finally be legally able to ride back home on my own 😀 Good luck, MST is relatively easy!

  2. gabriel - April 2, 2017 @ 1:12 PM

    HI,
    So how much time and money did it cost you in total before you could drive on your own? I guest it’s more then 15$ 😛

    Thanks

    • SimpleVancouver - April 3, 2017 @ 7:10 AM

      Hi Gabriel! $15 For the computer test + could’ve sworn I paid for the MST, but ICBC website says it’s free now (http://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/visit-dl-office/Pages/Fees.aspx?expand=div3), and whatever money I spent on the bike + gear. Technically, you just need a helmet, but I strongly suggest to get at least gloves and a jacket in addition to that

      • gabfire23 - April 3, 2017 @ 7:20 AM

        WOW here in Quebec it’s 1000$ for all the classes/exam

        • SimpleVancouver - April 4, 2017 @ 12:09 AM

          The price for the motorcycle school probably would make it a bit higher, but it’s not mandatory here. I have learned to ride on my own mostly

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