In Ontario we have a three-class motorcycle licensing system. There is a beginner class (M1 – written test), an intermediate class (M2 – riding test), and finally your full M class license. Unfortunately, the vehicle-specific requirements, definition of vehicles, and options available get a little blurry in the bureaucracy, and many small displacement motorcycle and cruiser riders are left in the mess…
… but don’t worry, that’s what YouMotorcycle is here for.
- Hi! I’m looking for advice on the exit to “M” for my motorcycle license. My issue is that I have a 150cc scooter, and I’ve phoned the Ministry of Transportation, and they said I can’t do the test because I can’t ride on a 400 series highway with a scooter that can’t exceed more than 80-90km/hr. They recommended I borrow a motorbike to use instead. But I don’t feel comfortable driving a motorcycle. I did use a motorcycle for a course, but that was nearly 4 years ago, and I haven’t looked at one since. I was wondering if you had advice as to what to do about getting my full M, or even at this point an ML license. I’ve been considering just selling the thing because it’s been frustrating finding consistent information.
Thanks in advance for your advice, Kelly
I replied that the Ministry may have this rule, but most motorcycle riding schools did not. The riding schools have many routes they’re allowed to take students on for the M2 exit test, some are made specifically for vehicles which are not limited in speed and can exceed 80 km/hr., regardless of engine displacement.
I recommended contacting the riding schools and asked Kelly if any progress was made. 5 days after the first email I received this message:
- Hey!I haven’t made any progress. In fact, it’s one frustrating phone call after the other. No one from the Ministry of Transportation has ever given me a straight answer on what to do besides renting a bike.I find it frustrating that I’m forced into getting a motorcycle license with my 150cc scooter, and then I’m told I can’t go for the license for that vehicle.
Thanks for the lead to call the riding schools. I’ll give them a try and see what they say.
Thanks for getting back to me!
So here’s an open invite to the motorcycle riding schools to offer some clarification. First one to contact me with help for Kelly will get their answer posted and a link back to their riding school’s website.
- “Hey Lisa, Yes, RTI has a specific course and test route for people in this category. We can put someone on a 150cc scooter through their M2-exit course and test and they will have a full M license upon passing.We call this our “non-highway” course, but it’s exactly the same course as our regular M2-exit for larger displacement motorcycles, only the expressway portion has an 80km/h speed limit. Here is a link to the website: http://www.ridertraining.ca/courses_strategies.html Kelly should call RTI and identify wanting to take an M2-exit course on a 150cc scooter. Barb.”So there you go, they can get the full m with RTI.
Thanks for the help, Lisa and Barb. We appreciate it. Hopefully this clears things up for anyone with 150cc or even 125cc motorcycles and scooters. If you have any motorcycle related questions that YouMotorcycle can solve please contact us.