Ride Chicago: Motorcycle Riding and Driving School

FAQ for Ride Chicago motorcycle training

Do I need a license or 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. Possession of a valid permit is mandatory and you will need this before your riding sessions, no exceptions. It's very simple to acquire, just 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" you can sign up for a class and simply present your drivers license.

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

Do I need a helmet?

Ride Chicago Motorcycle School provides all students with a Full-Face Helmet and a pair of gloves in the Basic Motorcycle Licensing Class in Chicago and the Suburbs.  Please feel free to bring your own Full-Face Helmet to class. Open-face (half or 3/4) helmets are not allowed.

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

How old do I need to be?

Students must be 18+ to attend class. Students  under 18 must contact us prior to registering for a class - info@ridechicago.com 

What size motorcycles do you use?

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

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.

What if it rains?

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

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

What if I want to take the class again?

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

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.

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

Not with us! 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 and you get to use our motorcycle and gear again for it! Please check the schedule for exact dates and they are subject to change as there is NO testing in the rain. 

What do I need for the classroom?

For our classroom session you'll simply need your driver's license, M-Class Permit, and a readiness to talk motorcycles!

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.

What forms of payment do you accept?

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

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.

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 welcomed 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. 

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!

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!

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.

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!

Is taking a Motorcycle Class in Chicago 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!

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, 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. 

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.

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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