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WA Licensing Courses

Head Start Course – $129

Learn to Ride Course (R-E) – $199

PDA Preparation Course (R-E) – $199

R Class Course – $199

Range to Road for Pre-Learners – $199

Private Lessons – $129

HEAD START COURSE

Try before you buy.  If you’re unsure whether biking is for you, try our popular Head Start Course.  In a 90-minute, private session with one of our legendary instructors, you’ll be guided through a series of riding basics, such as posture, controls, moving off and stopping. So sure are we that you’ll love riding that we’ll give you $20 towards our Learn to Ride Course.

  • The course fee includes a $20 voucher towards Stay Upright’s Learn to Ride Course.
  • Takes place at Perth’s only purpose-built training centre.
  • Cost includes bike hire, helmet and gloves

Prerequisite:  Be at least 16 years of age to ride a motorcycle or scooter.

Location: Myaree, Perth

Cost: $129

LEARN TO RIDE COURSE (R-E)

Safe riders make better riders.  The perfect course for those with a Learner’s Permit (R-E class) and who are keen to learn how to ride correctly and safely.

  • A one-day, seven-hour course, with a maximum of six participants.
  • Provides four-and-a-half-hours of supervised riding for your Log Book.
  • Course fee includes helmet, gloves and bike hire. You may bring your own if you prefer.
  • Takes place at Perth’s only purpose-built training centre.
  • Spread the cost of the course with interest-free payments through Humm™.

Prerequisites: WA Learner’s Permit (R-E Class)

Location: Myaree, Perth

Cost: $199

PDA PREPARATION COURSE (R-E)

Our PDA Preparation Course offers you our 40-years’ experience of motorcycle rider training.  Designed for those preparing to pass their Practical Riding Assessment, the course will make sure you know how to make your ride safe and enjoyable.  There’ll be dedicated time to practice key areas that the Practical Riding Assessment will cover.

  • Lead by an experienced instructor, the course will include both on-range and on-road experience.
  • One-day course (seven hours) with a maximum of six participants.
  • Includes practical activities based on the Practical Driving Assessment.
  • Provides five hours of supervised riding for your Logbook.
  • Course fee includes helmet and gloves and bike hire. You may bring your own if you prefer.
  • Takes place at Perth’s only purpose-built training centre.
  • Spread the cost of the course with interest-free payments through Humm™.

Prerequisites: WA Learner’s Permit (R-E Class), minimum age 17.

Location: Myaree, Perth

Cost: $199

R CLASS COURSE

Go Upper Class.  When you’re ready to upgrade your R-E class to an unrestricted R Class licence, this is the course for you.  You’ll get dedicated time on key areas of riding ability that will be assessed by the Practical Riding Assessment.  When you’re done, you’ll feel confident and know how to make your ride both safe and enjoyable, on an R class bike

  • Includes practical activities based on the Practical Driving Assessment.
  • Three-and-a-half-hour course attended by a maximum of six participants.
  • Takes place at Perth’s only purpose-built training centre.
  • You must complete this course on an R-Class bike. The course fee includes helmet and gloves. Bike hire is available.
  • Spread the cost of the course with interest-free payments through Humm™.

Prerequisites: R-E Class licence

Location:  Myaree, Perth

Cost:  $199

RANGE TO ROAD FOR PRE-LEARNERS

Get off the range and onto the road.  This course helps Learners transition from the training range, to the public road, with confidence.  Lead by our experienced instructors, you’ll refresh your skills, finesse your lane positioning, enhance your roadcraft and understand how best to deal with a variety challenges you are likely to come across, on the road.

  • Three-hour sessions with a maximum of six participants.
  • Bike hire is included, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

Prerequisites:  Learner’s Permit.

Locations:  Myaree, Perth

Cost: $199

PRIVATE LESSONS

There’s nothing better than some good old one-to-one tuition to build your confidence and enhance your skills – especially when it’s provided by one of Stay Upright’s experienced instructors.

  • One-and-a-half hour coaching sessions with an experienced instructor, tailored to suit your needs.
  • Takes place on the range or road – you choose.
  • Cost includes helmet, gloves and bike hire. Bring your own if you prefer.
  • Takes place on road or range to suit your preference.
  • Provides one-and-a-half hours of supervised riding for your Logbook.

Location: Myaree, Perth

Cost: $129

Returning Rider Course

Welcome back. We’ve got the perfect course to refresh your skills and return to riding, safely and with confidence.  With a little help from our experienced instructors, you’ll refresh your skills in a car-free area, then head to the road to hone your skills – and learn new ones.

  • Course is three hours
  • Has a maximum of six participants
  • We recommend bringing your own bike.  If not, we can provide LAMS bike, free of charge or you can upgrade to hire an R Class bike

Prerequisites: A full, current Australian Motorcycle Licence

Location: Myaree, Perth

Cost: $129

Roadsmart Courses

You can never be too good at riding a bike – especially when it comes to the road.   Our Roadsmart Series provides road smart training for all levels of rider.

Advanced On-Road Coaching Session – $129

SU Roadsmart Two – $449

ADVANCED ON-ROAD COACHING SESSION

No matter how much riding you have under your belt, you can never be too good.  Take part in our Advanced On-Road coaching sessions and finesse your road skills to make you a safer rider.

  • Routes and destinations are flexible to suit the group, as well as prevailing weather conditions
  • Half-day (three hours) course, with a maximum of six participants.
  • Fee includes helmet, gloves.
  • We recommend bringing your own bike. If not, we can provide LAMS bike, free of charge or you can upgrade to hire an R Class bike.

Prerequisites: WA R-E or R licence

Location: Myaree, Perth

Cost: $129

SU ROADSMART TWO

The ultimate training for anyone who rides on the road. Roadsmart Two is designed for experienced riders  who want to perfect their riding skills and ensure their safety.  The full-day course blends roadcraft with physical skills.  In it, you’ll master cornering, braking and bike control.  You’ll perfect your posture and vision abilities.  You’ll also have plenty of riding time and our Follow Sessions will give you detailed feedback on your riding technique – and show you how it can be improved.

  • Takes place on the track but is road-focused, keeping you safe whilst you work on your skills.
  • This course is recognised by many insurers to achieve a discount.
  • Spread the cost of the course with interest-free payments through Humm™.

Prerequisites:  L-Plates or above

Location: Wanneroo Raceway

Cost: $449

WORKPLACE TRAINING

We began providing Australian Workplace Training in 1990 – and if we do say so ourselves, we’re very good at it.  Our registered courses have achieved the Australia Qualifications Framework at the highest possible level. We work closely with everyone from Government agencies to Agricultural and food delivery businesses, to train staff and significantly reduce the risk of accidents, for two-wheel, Quad and side-by-side vehicles.

We train and assess to National units of competency including:

  • AHCMOM201 – Operate 2-Wheel Motorbikes
  • AHCMOM216 – Operate Side by Side Utility Vehicles
  • AHCMOM217 – Operate Quad Bikes / ATVs

For more information or to book a course for your organisation, contact our professional team at atv@stayupright.com.au.

RTO Code: 90714

How do I get my motorcycle licence?
Riding a Motorcycle in WA

If you want to ride a motorcycle, in Western Australia, you must hold a driver’s licence that authorises you to ride these classes of vehicles. If you don’t have a driver’s licence, you can obtain a licence that permits you to ride a moped.  There are three classes of licence pertaining to motorcycles.

Licence type What you can ride
R-N R Class with an N Restriction A moped that is designed to drive at 50m/h max, with an engine capacity of 50cc.
R-E
R class with an E restriction
A LAMS approved motorcycle with an engine capacity not exceeding 660cc and with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 150 kW/t (with foot or hand operated clutch).
R Any motorcycle
R-N R Class with an N Restriction

This licence permits you to ride a moped without having a driving licence.

Step one: Check your eligibility

You must be at least 15 years and six months old.

Step two: Pass the written Motorcycle Theory Test

Book and pay for the Motorcycle Theory test at WA Department of Transport (DOT).  This consists of 35 multiple choice questions extracted from the Road Safe Handbook that relate to general road rules and questions specific to motorcycling.  To pass you must achieve a score of 28 or higher.  Sample questions can be found here.

Step three: Learn to Ride

Stay Upright offers a number of great courses that will help you.

Step four: Pass the Hazard Perception Test (HPT, R-N Class)

The next step is to pass the HPT which can be taken at WA’s DOT Centres.  You only need to book if you live in a regional area.  You can find example questions here

Step five: Pass the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA)

You must be at least 16 years of age to undertake the PDA and must have already passed the HPT.  Alternatively, book your PDA Prep and Test Session through Stay Upright and we will book your WA DOT Motorcycle Practical Driving Assessment (R-N Class) to suit.

The PDA determines your general riding skills, such as your ability to:

  • Balance the vehicle at low speeds by riding around a figure ‘O’ without putting a foot on the ground.
  • Correctly park and start on a hill.
  • Perform a quick stop under full control without locking either wheel.

If you’d like to ensure success and finesse your skills, we offer a number of courses that can help you.

R-E R class with an E restriction

This licence permits you to ride a Learner Approved Motorcycle (LAMS).

Step one: Check your eligibility

You must be 16+ years of age.

Step two: Apply and pay for your Learner’s Permit

Step three: Pass the written Motorcycle Theory Test

Book and pay for the Motorcycle Theory test at WA Department of Transport (DOT).  This consists of 35 multiple choice questions extracted from the Road Safe Handbook that relate to general road rules and questions specific to motorcycling.  To pass you must achieve a score of 28 or higher.  Sample questions can be found here.

Step four: Learn to Ride (R-E)

Before you get on your bike there are a few things you should know:

  • An approved supervisor must accompany you at all times either as a pillion passenger, in a sidecar or on another motorcycle.
  • You can only ride a LAMS approved motorcycle.
  • You must wear an approved helmet.

Stay Upright makes it easy for you to learn with some great courses available.

Step five: Pass the Hazard Perception Test (HPT – R-E Class)

Once you are more than 16.5 years old and have held your Learner’s Permit for more than six months, you can take the HPT – R-E Class Test at DOT.  You only need to book and pay in advance, for regional centres, at which tests must begin before 3.45pm. You can find some sample questions here.

Step six: Gain Experience

If you don’t hold a Driver’s Licence, you must achieve at least 50 hours of logged riding experience.  This must include at least five hours of night driving.

Stay Upright has a range of courses that can help you gain experience along with seat-time, ideal for this stage of your journey.

Step seven: Pass the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA)

Once you are 17+ year’s old and either hold a full Driver’s Licence or have completed Step 5, you must take the PDA.  Stay Upright’s PDA Preparation Course (Moped and RE) will prepare you for the course.

Step eight: Obtain your Provisional Licence

With the PDA under your belt, you’ll receive a Provisional Licence (if this is your first licence) and will now be able to ride unsupervised.  If you already hold a WA Driver’s Licence, the new class will be added to your existing licence.

For the first two years, or until you reach 19 years of age, whichever is the longer period, you will remain restricted under the Provisional Licence.  This means you can only ride a LAMS and you must wear an approved helmet.

At this point in your riding career, it’s a great idea to perfect your skills for both enjoyment and safety.  Stay Upright has a range of great courses that are suitable for you.

Learn to Ride any size of Motorcycle (R-Class)

Step one: Check your eligibility

You must hold an R-E class licence for a minimum of two years, before you apply for your R-class licence.

Step two: Learn to Ride an R-class motorcycle

You can begin to learn to ride R class motorcycles as soon as your R-E class licence has been issued.  Although a Learner’s Permit is not required, you must display L plates and be accompanied by an approved supervisor.

Stay Upright has some great courses to help you at this stage.

Step three: Apply for your Licence

Complete Application Form DLA1.

Provide Proof of Identity.

Submit your application to WA Department of Transport (DOT).

Step four: Pass the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA)

At this stage, you need to take your PDA with DOT.  Alternatively, to ensure success, book Stay Upright’s PDA Prep and Test Session (R-Class) or Private Lessons and we will make it easy for you.  If you successfully pass the PDA, your Licence will be updated to authorise you to ride R-class motorcycles.

The PDA determines your general riding skills such as:

  • Balance the vehicle at low speeds by riding around a figure-O without putting a foot on the ground.
  • Correctly park and start on a hill.
  • Perform a quick stop under full control without locking either wheel.

WA FAQ’s

What should I wear?

You must wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy footwear (no steel caps) for every course.  Helmet and gloves will be provided – or bring your own.

What happens if I am late?

If you don’t arrive on time, you won’t be able to start the course and will need to book (and pay) again.

What happens if it rains?

Whatever the weather, our courses will go ahead.

What happens if I can’t make my course or I need to change my date?

Please contact us, at least seven days ahead of your course, to discuss your options.  If you’re sick on the day, please get a doctor’s certificate from your GP and let us know as soon as you can, to discuss your options.

Full terms and conditions are provided at the time of booking and attached to your booking confirmation.

I’m new to riding a motorbike – will the Learner’s course teach me how?

The Learner’s course is designed for those with no motorcycle experience.  If you can ride a bicycle, that’s a great start – ideally you need a sense of balance and coordination.  However, if you’re not sure that riding is for you, or want to start one-to-one with our instructor we suggest taking our Head Start Course first.

Give me a break! And what about lunch?

Yes, courses include scheduled breaks, but our trainers are better on the track than they are in the kitchen, so you will need to bring your own lunch and refreshments.

What does LAMS mean?

LAMS is short for ‘Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme’ – and are bikes that have been approved for Learners.  A LAMS bike has an engine capacity of between 251 and 660cc, with a power output of less than 150kw per tonne. You can find a list of current approved motorcycles below.

WA FAQ’s

What should I wear?

You must wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy footwear (no steel caps) for every course.  Helmet and gloves will be provided – or bring your own.

What happens if I am late?

If you don’t arrive on time, you won’t be able to start the course and will need to book (and pay) again.

What happens if it rains?

Whatever the weather, our courses will go ahead.

What happens if I can’t make my course or I need to change my date?

Please contact us, at least seven days ahead of your course, to discuss your options.  If you’re sick on the day, please get a doctor’s certificate from your GP and let us know as soon as you can, to discuss your options.

Full terms and conditions are provided at the time of booking and attached to your booking confirmation.

I’m new to riding a motorbike – will the Learner’s course teach me how?

The Learner’s course is designed for those with no motorcycle experience.  If you can ride a bicycle, that’s a great start – ideally you need a sense of balance and coordination.  However, if you’re not sure that riding is for you, or want to start one-to-one with our instructor we suggest taking our Head Start Course first.

Give me a break!  And what about lunch?

Yes, courses include scheduled breaks, but our trainers are better on the track than they are in the kitchen, so you will need to bring your own lunch and refreshments.

What does LAMS mean?

LAMS is short for ‘Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme’ – and are bikes that have been approved for Learners.  A LAMS bike has an engine capacity of between 251 and 660cc, with a power output of less than 150kw per tonne. You can find a list of current approved motorcycles below.