Basic motorcycle course
The motorcycle driving course is mandatory to obtain your motorcycle or scooter license. The instructors of the Auto-Ecole Lémanique provide these practical courses in Geneva and Lake Geneva from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Document required during the Basic motorcycle course (student permit).
What does the motorcycle driving course consist in?
The motorcycle driving course recognized by the ‘Office Fédéral des Routes’ (OFROU), (or ‘Federal Office of Roads’), and offered by our driving school in Geneva are mandatory for obtaining your two-wheel driving license. The required number of hours varies according to the vehicle category:
- For a scooter license (class A1) – a mandatory 8 hour practical driving course
- For a motorcycle license (class A) – a mandatory 12 hour practical driving course
- Moreover, if you wish to upgrade from a scooter license to a motorcycle license, you will have to take an additional 6 hour practical driving course.
You can take this course right after passing your theory test (put hypertext link), and if it suits you, before attending the awareness course. However, you will have take the mandatory awareness course (put hyperlink) before taking your practical driving test for scooter ( Class A1) or motorcycle (Class A).
You will be accompanied by an experienced driving instructor from the Auto-Ecole Lémanique (10+ years’ experience), who will teach you how to drive a two-wheeler in a safe and eco-friendly way. During the course, your instructor will assess your driving under exam conditions to prepare you for the practical test. At the end of the course, he/she will sign a certificate attesting that you have followed the course. The certificate is valid for two years.
We aim at identifying and improving your strengths and weaknesses, to ensure that you drive safely. Driving lessons are set at your convenience regarding hours, routes and locations from Monday-Saturday: 8AM to 10 PM. (to be completed).
Our motorcycle driving lessons are tailor-made to suit your needs. We will gladly accompany you to the Geneva Automobile Office (hyperlink) when you take your practical driving test.
Above all, we want you to enjoy the experience of driving your scooter or motorcycle, and we will give you all the tools you need to feel confidence on your road to success.
Who is the motorcycle course for?
To follow a motorcycle course, you must be:
- For a scooter driving license (Class A1): over 16
- For a motorcycle driving license (Class A): over 18
You must have passed your theory test (put hypertext link) and hold a learner driving license. *
* While you can take driving lessons before following the awareness course, you must have obtained your awareness course certificate (put hyperlink) when you take your practical test.
Who is the motorcycle course for?
The motorcycle driving course is aimed at people of:
- Over 16 years old to obtain a scooter driving license (category A1)
- Over 18 years old to obtain a motorcycle driving license (category A)
The student must imperatively have passed the theoretical exam (hyperlink), and therefore hold a student driver's license during this last step to obtain their driving license. *
* You must have obtained your awareness course certificate (put hyperlink) when you come to take your practical exam.
What are the aims of the motorcycle driving course ?
The aims of the motorcycle driving lessons provided by our experienced instructors in Geneva will vary according to the driving license category you wish to obtain. During the lessons, your driving instructor will make sure your training is adapted to your needs and covers everything you have to know for the practical exam. We will progress step by step to help you in your learning, and cover the following stages:
1. Understanding the basic requirements for safe driving, including the rider’s own liability, clothing requirements, and safe use of the motorcycle.
2. Starting and stopping the vehicle, correct use of observation technique
3. Accelerating and slowing down, correctly using observation technique.
4. Safe handling of the vehicle, being familiar with the various braking systems and techniques.
5. Controlling the vehicle; effective and safe braking.
6. Knowing and applying the correct braking technique; respecting safety distances between vehicles.
7. Remaining in control of the vehicle while driving extremely slowly, without putting your feet on the ground. Being able to judge your own abilities.
8. Remaining in full control of the motorcycle while focusing one’s attention on other road users
9. Finding and maintaining a precise trajectory while observing traffic in the opposite direction, and paying due attention to road partners around.
10. Being aware of risks associated with the blind spot, the time factor, and the importance of observing traffic.
11. Getting used to driving with a passenger, in different conditions.
12. Using the road in a way specific to motorcycles.
13. Using the road in a way specific to motorcycles, and preparing for the second part of the course.
14. Mastering fast and safe braking before bringing the vehicle to full stop vehicle.
15. Adopting the correct behavior at crossroads.
16. Adopting the correct behavior towards other road users, taking into account the correct trajectory, speed and right of way.
17. Once learners understand how to behave towards other road users, they can further improve their driving skills on their own, or with additional driving lessons.
The following conditions are required to follow the third part of the course:
18. Managing quick changes in direction safely
19. Reacting and braking quickly and safely at high speed.
20. Taking corners safely, taking into account road conditions, traffic, visibility, and changing speed limitations.
21. Observing and objectively assessing other motorcycle learners with the view of correcting one’s driving style when taking corners.
22. The course will focus on the following themes: overtaking, adapting one’s speed, driving in a group and adopting the right behavior towards other road users.
How is the motorcycle driving course organized?
Our driving school in Geneva offers motorcycle driving lessons in Geneva, as well as in the Lake Geneva Region, in groups of 5 people, from Monday to Saturday: 8 AM-10 PM. Each student drives his or her own vehicle and must therefore be equipped accordingly, with adequate clothing. It is also possible to arrange private lessons.
Meeting points will be decided on beforehand between the instructor and the learners.
Each course objective (see above) will be evaluated during the lesson. When the learner is considered as being ready for the practical test by the instructor, he/she will take a mock test set under the conditions of the practical test. The student will then receive a report indicating (if necessary) what remains to be practiced before the practical test.
The duration of the course varies according to the motorcycle:
• For the scooter driving course (Class A1): a total of 8 hours divided into two 4-hour sessions, over a 2 day period (4 hours of technique / manoeuvres + 4 hours of driving) (to be completed)
• For the motorcycle driving course (Class A): a total of 12 hours divided into 6 two-hour blocks, i.e. 2 hours a day over a period of 6 days (to be completed)
• For anyone wishing to upgrade from a scooter driving license to a motorcycle driving license: 6 hours divided into 2 blocks, i.e. 1 X 2 hours + 1 X 4 hours, over a period of 2 days (2 hours of technique/manoeuvres + 4 hours of driving) (to complete)
At the end of the course, the driving instructor will sign a certificate attesting that you have followed the mandatory course. The certificate is valid for two years.
At the Auto-Ecole Lémanique, we do our utmost to meet your needs. We will gladly accompany you to the Geneva Automobile Office (hyperlink) when you take your practical driving test.
DCR, OAC, Article 18, Paragraphs 1, 4 and 5
1 Anyone wishing to obtain a driving license type A or B, or A1 or B1 will have to provide proof of having completed the driving theory course. Your attendance to this course must have taken place over the previous two years.
4 The aim of the course is to develop the future driver’s awareness of driving conditions, and his/her capacity to assess dangerous situations. He/she will learn how to react accurately and responsibly to driving situations, with due regard to others. The awareness course lasts 8 hours. It has to be supervised by a driving instructor.
5. The driving instructor is required to provide the learner with a certificate confirming that he/she has followed the awareness course.