Motorcycle and Scooter Classes Resume in March 2021!


Do I need an IL Motorcycle Permit to take the class?

Yes!   You need a "M-Class Permit" and a drivers license to take ANY of our Basic Motorcycle Licensing Classes or Scooter Classes. Secretary of State facilities are wide open but experiencing long wait times. You must have an M-Class Permit before attending our class, no exceptions.  It's very simple to obtain!  Simply take a $10, 15 question quiz at your local Secretary of State's office and you'll be given a permit the same day.  If you already have an "M Endorsement"  but haven't ridden in a while this class would be perfect for you! You can simply sign up for a class and present your drivers license.

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Do I need a motorcycle or scooter?

Not for training with us! Ride Chicago provides each student a Motorcycle for the Motorcycle Basic Licensing Class in Chicago and the Suburbs and a Scooter for the Scooter Training Class.   We have motorcycles of all styles up to 250cc's and scooters 150cc+

You must provide an M-Class Permit and: Long denim pants,  Long sleeve shirt/jacket, and  Over the ankle boots/shoes recommended and we'll take care of the rest!

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How do I get my Motorcycle License and do I automatically get a license by completing your class?

Well, not automatically.  Graduates of our course are invited back on a separate Wednesday morning to take their test.  We offer Onsite Licensing every Wednesday during season at our Damen location and select Thursdays at  Seat Geek Stadium (formerly Toyota Park).  A State of Illinois Examiner will conduct the test for you at our location on the above mentioned days and you get to use our motorcycle and gear again for it! You must successfully complete a course prior to registering for Onsite Licensing and you must be a graduate of our training programs. 

There is no testing in the rain! 

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What's this Online Classroom and will there be in-person classrooms ever again?

In response to COVID-19, we are now offering our in-person classroom virtually! You will now have the option to complete the classroom component on your own time prior to riding sessions.  We do anticipate in-person classrooms resuming once we are cleared to do so and the virtual classroom will always be an option.  For now, you can complete the Online Classroom without an IL Motorcycle Permit as you would only need it for riding sessions.

All motorcycle courses for the remainder of 2020 will automatically include a link upon registering for the classroom  OR it can be purchased and completed individually with its tuition being credited for riding sessions at a later date if you'd like.

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Do I need a helmet and gloves?

Yes! Ride Chicago Motorcycle School provides all students with a Sanitized Full-Face Helmet and a pair of gloves in the Basic Motorcycle Licensing Class in Chicago and the Suburbs.  Due to COVID-19, please feel free to bring your own Full-Face, DOT approved Helmet to class.  You must bring a face mask or bandana if you are using our equipment.

Dress attire for your riding sessions are long sturdy pants, long sleeve shirt/jacket, and over the ankle shoes/boots. Shorts, yoga pants, or dress shoes are not allowed.

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How old do I need to be?

Students must be 18+ to attend class. Students under 18 can only train with us but need their parents approval and an M-Class Permit.  Also, we would need to see successful completion of the 30 Hour Drivers Ed Classroom.  Please note, students under 18 CANNOT participate in an Onsite Licensing Day with us.  Please contact us prior to registering for a class -

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What size motorcycles do you use?

Ride Chicago Motorcycle Riding School provides motorcycles of all styles up to 250cc's.

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What if it rains?

Classes run rain or shine so if rain is in the forecast please bring your rain gear.  

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What if I do not pass?

Motorcycling takes patience and skill. If you do not pass your Motorcycle Licensing test, you are welcome to test again the following session for $45.

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What if I want to take the class again?

We offer multiple options for additional training! You could repeat an additional session for $95. 

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Where are your locations?

In Chicago we offer our Basic Motorcycle Licensing Class near the United Center.  The classroom for these training sessions is at our Logan Square office at 2509 W Fullerton Ave Chicago, IL 60647.

We also offer Bridgeview Motorcycle classes at Seat Geek Stadium, formerly known as Toyota Park.  This location is conveniently located near Summit, Burbank, Justice, Bedford Park, and  Oak Lawn. The classroom for these training sessions is at our HVAC Technical Institute classroom at 4532 S Kolin Ave. Chicago, IL 60632

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What if I am late or miss a class?

Attendance is mandatory for all classes. Our Basic Motorcycle Licensing Class kicks off with a classroom session first followed by two riding sessions. Our Scooter Class is just a one day, hands-on course.  Missing or being late will automatically disqualify you. No refunds. If you miss a day for whatever reason, motorcycle students pay a $95 fee to reschedule into a new class and scooter students pay a $50 fee.

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What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, or Venmo!  Visit our pricing page.

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Do I get an insurance discount?

All Ride Chicago Motorcycle School  graduates receive Certificates of Completion.  Many insurance companies offer discounts to our graduates but please check with your provider.

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Who takes the Ride Chicago Basic Motorcycle Licensing Class?

Our clients have ranged from ages 18-70+  Most of our students have never operated a motorcycle before so our curriculum is structured to be progressive and our teaching style to be patient and informative.  We keep our class sizes small with the best student to instructor ratio to maximize your ride time!

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

A $95 administrative fee is non-refundable.  The remainder is only refunded if we are notified 7 calendar days prior to your class date.

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What if I want to ultimately ride or buy a scooter?

Scooters in Chicago are a great method of transportation! We offer automatic scooters for our class, no clutch or shifting needed. We offer scooter training that allows you to receive your M license as well.   Scooters are provided and graduates are welcome to our Onsite Licensing session at our Damen location on a Wednesday morning to take their actual test. Students that choose to test with us receive an M endorsement allowing them the freedom to upgrade to a larger scooter or even a motorcycle someday without having to retest. 

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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.

Here at Ride Chicago, you can ONLY take your licensing test on cycles that are 150cc or greater which enables you to acquire an " M- Class " license endorsement. The versatility of the M-Class License is you can ride motorcycles or scooters of any size!

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I want to take a scooter class so what's up with that?

Scooter Classes are fun and easy with us!  You need an M - Class Permit from the Secretary of State to take our one day, hands-on course.  There is only one written test in Illinois for permits, regardless  if you are going to ride a scooter or motorcycle.  Our training location is 118 S Damen Ave Chicago, IL 60612 for scooter classes.  There is no classroom session to attend.  Class runs rain or shine and is typically 5 hours long.  Once you graduate, you are eligible to participate in an Onsite Licensing session on a separate day for $45 and take your test with our scooter.  There's plenty of street parking available, easy CTA access on Damen Ave. The tuition is $175 and includes our scooter, helmet, and gloves!

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What if I try to do stunts during class?

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

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What if I lose my MoJo and cannot finish?

Riding a motorcycle is not for everyone! You must be able to RECENTLY balance yourself on a bicycle in order to take this class.  Riding a bicycle when you were a child doesn't count.   We reserve the right to remove anyone that has become a hazard to themselves or other students.  No refunds will be issued.

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Is taking a Motorcycle Class in Chicago required?

No, but it is recommended! We teach you safe and 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!

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What if I show up without riding gear or the correct attire?

All students are required to bring the appropriate gear to the riding sessions; Long denim pants, Long sleeve shirt/jacket, and Over the ankle boots/shoes. Regardless of the weather, without the required gear you will not be able to participate in the riding sessions and no refund will be issued. Check the forecast for the time of season you are registering for and if needed bring a change of clothes.

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What if I do not live in Illinois?

Indiana and Wisconsin residents are welcomed!  You can take our class as long as you have Motorcycle Permit from your home state (drivers license).  However, ONLY Illinois residents will be able to participate in the Onsite Licensing program.

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Where do I park?

For our Damen students there is plenty of FREE street parking on Monroe at Damen.  For our Seat Geek Stadium students, you'll have free stadium parking.

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Know All Of This Information Before Your Riding Sessions - Class Summary


You must know all the information on this summary

BEFORE the riding session!


Six primary controls:     


Front brake lever


Rear break peddle

Clutch lever

Gear shifter



Engine start procedure:




Engine cut-off switch



Gear Shift Pattern:  - N-‚-ƒ-„-…

First gear is all the way down, and the rest are each one click up.  Neutral is a half-click up from first gear; or a half-click down from second gear.

Four Step Shifting Process:

  1. Ease out the clutch over 3 seconds while applying a little throttle.  When the clutch is fully released,  continue to roll on the throttle to desired speed
  2. Once your speed is up, roll off the throttle (fully) and squeeze the clutch
  3. One full shift (click) up on the gearshift.  Remember one Full click to avoid going into neutral.
  4. Ease out the clutch fully, then roll back on the throttle

Roll off/ Squeeze -  Shift   -  Ease 

Three Step Stopping Process:    B - C - D

  1.  à Apply both brakes
  2. C   àSqueeze the clutch in fully
  3. D   àDownshift


Countersteering: Press Left- Go Left / Press Right- Go Right

Counter steering is the act of turning a two-wheeled cycle in one direction by momentarily steering the front wheel in the opposite direction. At Ride Chicago we present you this skill while teaching “pressing.”  Pressing on the handlebars turns and controls the lean angle of the motorcycle while cornering.  The more you press, the further the bike leans.

To simplify this:  Press Left- Go Left / Press Right- Go Right

Swerving:  Is two consecutive counter steers. One is to avoid the road hazard, and the other is to straighten out your path of travel. Your body position while swerving should be straight up and down (perpendicular to the ground) while the motorcycle is doing the leaning.  Remember press right-go right, press left-go left

Proper Entry speed:  Is a speed that allows you to maintain or roll on the throttle all the way through the curve.

Slow/Look/Press (Push)/Roll: This is the proper cornering technique broken down. Slow: do all of your braking while the bike is in a straight line (before you enter the corner).  Look: turn your head and look through the corner…you should be looking toward your destination. Press: press on the handlebars in the direction you want to go. Roll: maintain or roll on the throttle throughout the turn to stabilize the bike.

Outside / Inside / Outside path of travel:  Allows you to corner faster and smoother because it shortens the path of travel, and enables you to see further through the turn.

Stalling:  If you stall while trying to start out, first check to make sure you are in first gear (press down on the shifter) with the clutch in.  Second, if and when you are in first, then ease the clutch out even slower. Remember about three seconds to ease out the clutch.

Riding Posture: Upright sitting position, head and eyes up, level with the horizon. You should always look ahead toward your destination. Make sure your arms are relaxed (elbows bent). Always have a wrist down position on the throttle, along with covering the clutch lever with all four fingers. Keep your knees in against the tank and your feet on the foot pegs while riding!

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Online Classroom Login Instructions

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Are you Hiring Motorcycle Instructors?

YES!  We are always looking to add new instructors to our team.  You must have a valid M License for at least 3 years and currently ride a motorcycle.  A high school diploma and a clean driving record is a must.  Please email your resume for consideration, thanks!

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