Ride Like A Pro Houston 
P.O. Box 6
Sugar Land, Texas  77487-0006

281-796-0006

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the class requirements?
1. Valid motorcycle license
2. Current registration
3. Current motorcycle insurance 
4. Protective riding gear
   • DOT approved helmet 
   • Long pants
   • Over the ankle boots

How much riding experience should I have prior to registering for a class?
There is no minimum mileage requirement. Riders should be comfortable with the operation of their motorcycle and the motorcycle's controls. In general, a rider with 2500 miles riding experience should have this comfort level.

What type of motorcycles do the students ride?
Students ride their own motorcycles. All types and styles of motorcycles with the exception of trikes and sidecars will fit through the cone patterns. 

Should I protect the chrome engine and saddlebag guards on my motorcycle?
Yes. During some of the slow speed maneuvering drills if a rider looks in the wrong direction or fails to control his/her motorcycle it could tip over causing minor scrapes. Heavy-duty garden hose cut lengthwise and duct taped or wire tied to the bars can prevent any scrapes.

Are group discounts available?
Yes, we have just started this discount policy.  On local classes only, we will give a 10% discount, per rider, to any group that fills a class of 10 riders or more.

Does Ride Like A Pro Houston offer out of town classes, and what's required?
Yes, we do travel, and will gladly bring the class to you and your group.  The requirements are based on distance, a minimum number of riders (we strive for 3 classes of 8 riders), and having an adequate location to set up the course.  Of course, we must also have the permission of the property owner before agreeing to initiate a class schedule. 

Will I receive a certificate for attending the course?

Yes, your insurance company may also offer a safety course discount for attending the class, but it is up to each individual insurance company. 


Will riding in the friction zone while practicing damage my clutch?
No, as long as you give your bike a "breeze out" after every 5 or 10 minutes of practicing. That is, ride around the parking lot, get your bike into 2nd or 3rd gear and breeze out the engine, staying off the rear brake and clutch, giving them a chance to cool down. Keep your revs low, around 1200 to 1500 rpms and you will be fine.

I know you advocate using the rear brake only at low speeds whenever possible to help control your bike, my bike is equipped with linked brakes. When I step on the rear brake, the front brake is also being applied. Can I still use these techniques?
Yes. Dragging the rear brake or putting light pressure on the rear brake to help stabilize the bike at slow speeds will work on a linked brake system. When you apply light pressure to the rear brake, only a small portion of the front brake is being used. It really has no effect on the technique. In Jerry Palladino's video he uses a VTX1800 with linked brakes, a Goldwing and a BMW LT1200, as you can see, the technique works just fine on those motorcycles.

I've been riding for 20 years and feel I'm a pretty good rider. Will this course still help me improve my skills?
Yes. The course will help any rider regardless of how many years he/she has been riding. The proper techniques for riding a motorcycle are generally the opposite of your instincts. That's why they must be learned, they will not come naturally. If you can take your motorcycle, turn the handlebars full-lock and scrape a perfect circle in the ground with your pegs or floorboards without dropping your bike or putting a foot down, you're in complete control of your motorcycle. In the real world, you will never have to complete this maneuver, it is simply a control exercise as are all the low speed drills in the course. Think of it this way, a person goes to the gym and does bench presses with heavy weights. That person will never have to do a bench press in real life, however, the exercise will greatly improve your overall strength. Making any other physical activity much easier. It's the same thing with the exercises in the course. Once you perfect low speed maneuvers, high speeds will be much easier and safer, thus, you're riding will become much more enjoyable.

I've taken the motorcycle safety foundation's experienced rider course. Will your course teach me anything new?
While MSF and ERC courses are a very good training experience, they won't have you Riding like a Pro. I believe that's because they are throwing too much information at you in too short a period of time. Though they touch on some of the techniques that we teach, there's not enough emphasis on where it really needs to be. The motor officer training the course is based on, puts the emphasis on 3 simple techniques. More importantly, we will show you how to use these techniques to their fullest. That's the secret to riding like a pro, actually knowing how to use the techniques correctly.

Every rider should sign up for as many MSF, or ERC classes, as you can. Knowledge is power.  The more information riders get from videos, books and classes, the better, safer and more skilled riders you become.

Are these techniques your invention?
No. The techniques have been used in Motor Officer training since the 1930's. We simply present them in the simplest, easiest to understand manner possible. We've modified the police motor officer training exercises to suit the average rider and present them in a step by step format so that each exercise builds on the next. Our customers tell us that this method makes learning the techniques easier and more enjoyable. It also makes them want to continue to practice at least once a month.

Will class be held if it is raining?
Class will be held if there is a light to medium rain at our training site (not where you live). Motorcycle tires have considerable traction on wet roadways. The class involves slow speed maneuvering which will not be affected by a wet road. If your class is being held and you do not want to ride to our site, trailering your motorcycle is an option as there is ample parking for trailers.

If the rain is heavy, the instructors will call to cancel the class. If the class is cancelled by the instructor you will have the option of being scheduled for another available date or a full refund of the deposit.


What is your cancellation policy?
Due to the high demand for our class and automatic banking fees, we have established the following cancellation policies.

Local classes:  Once the $50.00 non-refundable deposit has been paid, if for any reason the student needs to cancel, the $50.00 deposit will be held and the student will have twelve months to attend a class held at the Sugar Land location.  If the student fails to attend a class within the twelve months, the full amount of the class will be forfeited and no refund will be given.

Out-of-town classes:  The full amount of the class, $175.00, is paid up front.  If the student cancels for any reason, the $175.00 will be held as a non-refundable deposit.  The deposit will be held and the student will have twelve months to attend a class held at the Sugar Land location.  If the student fails to attend a class within the twelve months, the full amount of the class will be forfeited and no refund will be given.

As noted on our FAQ page, classes will be held if there is a light to medium rain at our training site (not where you live). Motorcycle tires have considerable traction on wet roadways. The class involves slow speed maneuvering which will not be affected by a wet road. If your class is being held and you do not want to ride to our site, trailering your motorcycle is an option as there is ample parking for trailers. 

If the rain is heavy, the instructors, at their discretion, may call to cancel the class. If the class is cancelled by the instructors you will have the option of being scheduled for another available date or a full refund of the course fee.

In addition to our regular class being offered for $175.00, students who have previously completed the course can refresh their skills the last hour of each regularly scheduled class for NO CHARGE.

Ride Like A Pro® Houston
P.O. Box 6
Sugar Land, TX 77487-0006
281-796-0006
Email:  
motorman@ridelikeaprohouston.com

 

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