Ride Chicago: Motorcycle Riding and Driving School

FAQ for Ride Chicago motorcycle training

Do I need a helmet?


Ride Chicago motorcycle school provides all students with helmets and gloves in the basic motorcycle class in Chicago and the suburbs.  Feel free to bring your own if you have one. (full-faced)

You provide Long denim pants.  Long sleeve shirt/jacket.  Over the ankle shoes/boots.

Do I need a motorcycle?

NO!  Ride Chicago provides a motorycle for its basic motorcycle class and  lessons in Chicago and the suburbs.   We have bikes of all styles up to 250CC's

You provide: Long denim pants.  Long sleeve shirt/jacket.  Over the ankle boots/shoes.

What size motorcycles do you use?

Ride Chicago motorcycle riding school provides motorcycles of all styles up to 250cc's.

How old do I need to be?

Students under 18 must show completion of the 30 hour Drivers Ed Course before taking riding lessons. 

What if it rains?

Classes run rain or shine! If rain is in the forecast, bring your rain gear.

If I change my mind can I get my money back?

Your down payment of $95 is non-refundable.  The remainder is only refunded if we are notified 7 calendar days prior to your class date.

Do I need a license or permit to take the class?

YES.   You need a motorcycle Permit " M " and a drivers license to take our chicago and suburban motorcycle lessons.  You will need this before your riding sessions!

Where are your locations?

We offer Chicago motorcycle learning (near United Center)
We also offer Bridgeview motorcycle classes at Toyota Park.  This location conveniently located near Summit, Burbank, Justice, Bedford Park, Oak Lawn motorcycle lessons.

What if I want to take the class again?

We offer additional training for only $100 per day. 

What if I do not pass?

Retesting is $40.

Do I have to go to the Secretary of State to take my road test after taking the class?

Licensing is done on-site every Wednesday at Damen and select Thursdays at Toyota Park.  Check the schedule for exact dates!  **No testing in rain**

What do I need for the classroom?

License, permit and balance of payment.$

What if I am late or miss a class?

Students must attend all classes. Missing or being late will automatically disqualify you. No refunds. If you miss a day, for whatever reason there will be a 95$ fee to reschedule into a new class, $50 for a scooter class.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Cash, Money order, Visa, Mastercard.  No personal checks.

Do I get an insurance discount?

All Ride Chicago motorcycle school  graduates receive Certificates of Completion.  Many insurance companies offer discounts to our riders that have completed chicago motorcycle lessons. 

What if I want to buy a scooter?

Scooters in Chicago are another great two wheeled vehicle.  We offer scooter training that allows you to receive your M license.   Students that choose to test with us receive an M endorsement allowing them the freedom to upgrade to a motorcycle someday without having to retest.  We do offer Scooter only classes which entitle you to a Class "M" license for vehicles of any cc's

Who takes the ride Chicago motorcycle lessons Class?

Our clients have ranged from 18-70.   Approximately 60 -70% are men that take our Chicago motorcycle classes.  20 - 40% are women riders in Chicago.  This number has been increasing every year.  Our teaching style is based upon making everyone feel comfortable and learn at their own pace.  Class is not a race!

What if I lose my MoJo and cannot finish?

Riding a motorcycle is not for everyone!   We reserve the right to remove anyone that has become a hazard to themselves or other students.  No refunds will be issued.

What if I try to do stunts during class?

Doing wheelies, stoppies or burnouts during the class will automatically disqualify you.  No refund will be issued although we might all get a good laugh.

Is taking a motorcycle riding school in Chicago recommended?

We teach you safe effective strategies at our Chicago motorcycle riding school.  Over 95% of our students continue on to receive their motorcycle license in Chicago.  Training that lasts a lifetime!

What if I show up without riding gear?

All students are required to bring the appropriate gear to the riding sessions.  Long denim pants.  Long sleeve shirt/jacket.  Over the ankle boots/shoes.  Without gear, you will not be able to participate and no refund will be issued.   If you sweat alot, consider bringing a change of clothes so you don't stink up the car on the drive home.

What if I do not live in Illinois?

Come on over neighbors.  You can take a class as long as you have a learners permit from any state.  However, we are only allowed to administer the license test to students with Illinois permits.

What is a Class L vs a Class M License?

Class L License: Motor driven vehicles with engines of 149cc's or LESS Class M License: Motor driven vehicles with engines of 150cc's or GREATER. At ride Chicago you take your license test on cycles that are 150cc or greater which enables you to acquire an " M " endorsement allowing you to ride motor cycles of any size regardless of the size you intend to buy!

I want to take a scooter class, where is it, what do I do? ahh help!

Location: Damen training site ONLY Classroom: Done onsite Times: one 4-5 hour session Requirements: "M" permit and appropriate riding clothing. Parking : Available Price: 175$


Free street parking at all our locations.  No Meters to feed!

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