There are at least four ways to look at “Us” – where, what, who and why. Hopefully, I can briefly answer all four.
WHERE we are. This is perhaps the easiest of the questions to answer. As far as the Spyder Course is concerned, we’re associated with two different Community Colleges – Fleming in Peterborough and Algonquin in Ottawa. Each college has its own schedule of courses, so you may wish to check each college (if you’re flexible) to find the course on the date that you prefer.
WHAT we are. This too, is an easy question to answer. We are a select group of Instructors that specialize in teaching people how to ride Spyders (and motorcycles) correctly and safely. It sounds simple, and a couple of other alternatives exist, but we like to think that we’re the best at what we do. We are one of a very few trainers to offer a course in learning how to ride the Can-Am Spyder and are perhaps the largest motorcycle training company in Canada – graduating in excess of 2,500 students every year.
WHO we are. We’re getting more challenging here, but it’s still reasonably straightforward. We started with a Professor at Sir Sandford Fleming College who had taught driving (to work his way through University) and had bought a bike in 1969 to cut down his commuting costs. After falling down in almost every conceivable fashion, he concluded that there should be a course to prevent others from experiencing the same fate. Luckily, in 1974 the Canada Safety Council (CSC) was looking to put a course in Peterborough, and MotorcycleCourse.com evolved from that point. We’re still a family-run outfit, but there are now 90+ Instructors and 200+ motorcycles carefully arranged to allow you to find the right style of instruction and size and style of bike to suit your preferences. With the help of our partners, Loiselle Sports in Ottawa http://www.loisellesports.com/ and HB Cycle in Kawartha Lakes http://www.hbcycle.com/ and with cooperation from Bombardier, we added the Spyder course a couple of years ago.
WHY we do what we do. This is the most interesting question, and perhaps the most important. Each Instructor has their own reasons for doing so, but the underlying thread for all of them is to “pay it forward” – in other words, to help others to learn to enjoy the same level of satisfaction and enjoyment that riding brings to them. Our goal is to make sure that EVERY student has the opportunity to succeed – and that would help to explain our success rate on the Spyder course. We’re proud of what we do and how we do it, and our results reflect that helping and encouraging attitude.