Today's side deal reminds you that even if you weren't born to be wild, you can still be schooled to be wild: for $165, you get a three-session motorcycle training class (about 15 hours) from Ride Chicago, a $295 value. The motorcycle, helmet, and gloves are provided. No riding experience is necessary, but before taking your class you must obtain a motorcycle permit from the Illinois Secretary of State, and you must also have a valid Illinois driver's license. You must also bring to class long denim pants, a long-sleeve shirt or jacket, and over-the-ankle shoes or boots. Straddle a hog at any of three Chicagoland locations: on S Damen in West Town, Bridgeview, and Hoffman Estates. Many classes are in the morning or mid-afternoon; check the schedule to spot your ideal upcoming course.
Ride Chicago's basic licensing class encompasses all the foundational riding skills, including controls, shifting, turning, hazard avoidance, weather-conditional handling, picking bugs from your teeth, and more. The small class size of 6-11 students guarantees you the individual attention and support of Ride Chicago's experienced instructors. At the end of your course you'll know everything you need to obtain a motorcycle-driving license. Aside from becoming one so-bad and very, very safe motorcyclist, completing this course entitles you to major insurance discounts.
Yelpers award Ride Chicago five stars:
- The staff is fun, patient, and extremely qualified. They are very passionate about what they teach and how they teach it. – Pierre B.
- Assuming they do this just about every weekend, it's apparent they have a true passion for not only bikes but teaching newbie riders and keeping them safe. – Andrew T.
- Highly recommended for newbies and experienced alike! – Ms T.
####Ride Chicago and Rentaruckus
Ride Chicago and Rentaruckus are two different businesses that are bonded by their passion for promoting two-wheeled transportation. At Ride Chicago this passion manifests in a variety of classes, for which it supplies beginners with motorcycles or scooters. Once student riders are geared up, the facility’s state-certified instructors teach everything from scooter-riding basics to motorcycle licensing at controlled, off-street sites across the city and suburbs. This diverse curriculum allows people of all riding experiences to climb aboard a two-wheeler and learn safe canyon-hopping methods.
Rentaruckus’s mission is a bit more concise: get people behind the handlebars of a Honda Ruckus scooter. To do this, the staff offers rentals and organizes tours of Chicago, where swarms of the minimalist bikes buzz past the city’s historic neighborhoods and sights.