from Students to CHP on their class evaluations:
"...this is the best class I have ever taken"
"This was an excellent production from materials to
presentation. The instructors were great!"
"Great class, instructors were excellent!"
"RideWell and their staff were wonderful and helped me a
"Overall the course was a lot of fun and I was able to
improve my riding skills. The coaches were very helpful and
"Amazing people to work with.... they always had your
attention. Best class I have taken in a long time. I will
refer to all my friends!"
"Highly recommend this course and instructors."
"Enjoyed the course. Glad I took it."
"Very professional and personable coaches."
"RideWell went out of their way to make the range day
comfortable (temps in 90s). They provided shade, water, seats,
ice cold towels, and snacks. With 26 years in law enforcement,
and having attended a lot of training courses, they (RideWell)
sincerely say thanks to both yourself and Pat for the training
last weekend. Very detailed and informative. It was very
clear that both yourself and Pat have a true love and devotion
to help us 'newbies' to learn the basic motorcycle skills to
keep us safe on the road, and for that I truly appreciate your
training. I will do my upmost to remember and practice the
skills and knowledge you gave us. I took the written
motorcycle test today....so I now have my license. Thanks
again to both of you for your training and knowledge. It
is truly appreciated."
wanted to say a big THANK YOU! Even though I was really sore
and tired, I had a great time. I am so excited to continue to
practice and start riding my little Rebel. I wouldn't be able
to do that without you guys, you are incredible! I never
thought I could go from never having ridden a motorcycle 2 days
ago to making tight turns and speed stops today. ...Again, thank
you so much."
just wanted to drop you a note to thank you, Pat and Vern. I
have been riding some form of motorcycle for about 25 years, as
you know, itís been mostly off-road. I wanted to follow up with
you and ask you to share my thanks to Pat and Vern as well, your
passion for safe riding is evident and your style of
down-to-earth teaching was much appreciated...."
just wanted to tell you and Pat how much I appreciated and
enjoyed your training, from a guy who has been riding dirt bikes
since I was 7 and street bikes since I was 18. I learned
so much from your training over the weekend - especially taking
the curves and braking!!! REALLY HELPFUL!!! You two are a
nice compliment to each other and make it interesting and
enjoyable for all!"
I have to tell you that I was thoroughly impressed with your
patience, organization, and instruction during the basic
motorcycle course these past three days. You are a great team (I
suggest you keep her/him)."
"Hi!! I just wanted to say thank you!! Your
class was certainly informative. I never knew or realized that
looking through a turn would be so helpful!! I've made a huge
improvement to my riding ability. I am recommending your course
to everyone I know. You'll be getting a couple students next
month through me. Thank you again! The knowledge I gained is
priceless, and your methods and attitude make the class much
more efficient I believe. So this is my appreciation for what
you've taught me, and I couldn't be more grateful!!
Thank you." Karl
enjoyed your course and after 50 years of riding motorcycles I
definitely picked up new techniques and improved on some old
ones...The best technique I took away from your course is to
push into the handle bar grip in the direction of the turn, or
stated differently push the handle bar away from the turn.... "
you again for being such conscientious, patient, compassionate,
and considerate instructors.
Peace and Blessings" ~~~
5/12/14 - "I
had read all of the yelp reviews before deciding on which
company to go with for the basic rider course (MSF Class) after
reading the reviews I went with Ridewell!
The registration was easy (online) and I was in a class
that week. Day one (Thursday) was the classroom sessions with
Patrick as the instructor, the class was 5 hours but Patrick
made it fun and he really knew his stuff. They cover the basics
such as the types of motorcycles and the basic controls, then
they teach you about pre inspecting your motorcycle before you
ride. I've been riding for 2 years know and what not sure what I
would get from the class, let me tell you there was so much of
the basics I just didn't know. During the class they break you
up in groups and you pick the group name (we went with dukes if
hazard) and there is group study.
On Saturday everybody got to the range at about 6:30, and they
started right on time at 7. The instructors for the weekend were
John and Randy. Out in the range they start you off easy with
things like how to properly mount the motorcycle and how to warm
it up, then about an hour or so later we were all riding the
bikes. What I found helpful was during the exercises they would
stop you and tell you what you got right or in my case what I
got wrong (I had some bad habits) then after every exercise they
would ask us what we thought went well and what needed work,
then give some more tips. Day one was all about how to turn and
how to look through the turns along with clutch control which
was great. Day one wrapped up at noon (on time)
Day 2 (Sunday) The class started right on time and we were on
the bikes right away. Day 2 covered more advanced riding such as
swerving and how to avoid road hazards (and how to go over them
if you had to) the turns got tighter on day 2 and we practiced u
turns and quick stops. The day ended with the final test which
everyone seemed prepared for, and everyone in the class passed!
I got to say that having 2 professional riders as our riding
coaches (John and Randy) was
invaluable, they know how to teach and are very understanding
when you make mistakes. They also have such a passion for being
safe, they were breaking down the reasons for why they were
teaching us that particular drill.
I know this review was long so thanks for reading but I can't
stress enough how great the training was, I feel like I can hit
the road with more confidence and better tactics to avoid
problems. If your considering taking the course with Ridewell I
would recommend it to all of my friends and family. Can't
wait to take the advanced riding course!
Ryan C, Class of 05/11/2014
3/20/14 - "I
had the pleasure of having both Pat and Lorett for the class
instruction and the field training. Having never ridden a
motorcycle myself, I was a bit nervous, but that all changed
when I got to the class. The classroom portion is where you will
learn acronyms and the basics about motorcycle riding and
safety. You then get to spend two days on the range. As long as
you pay attention and follow directions, you should have no
problems. Pat and Lorett are very helpful, and will give you
advice throughout the training. They also make the class fun and
exciting, so you don't feel like you are just taking a class. If
you have experience using manual transmission, or are familiar
with how a clutch works, you should not have that much
difficulty. If you are planning on taking your MSF safety
course, I would highly recommend taking it with RideWell."
Larry M., Sacramento
3/3/14 - "I
had a lot of fun in this class and am able to actually ride a
motorcycle now (who would've thought!)....Lorett and Pat, made
it interesting. Pat took the first half, Lorett took the second
half. Both were knowledgeable and pointed out WHY you were
learning it rather than just going through the motions....The
field work is the bread and butter of the course. Equipment was
provided (helmet, boots, and 200/250cc bikes). I was fairly
nervous because I have A) Never ridden a motorcycle B) Never
used a manual transmission let alone a hand clutch C) Weather
was windy/rainy D) I take a bit longer to learn field
operations...I am better at classroom stuff.
Despite all this John and Vern...were nice, funny, and
definitely knew a thing or two about teaching. Always respectful
and kind, gave good feedback and gave you a pat on the back
every once in a while. I was a bit uneasy about certain
skills/exercises, but I think that goes with the territory of
learning something new and potentially dangerous. ... I
passed and went on my merry way. Good course! I highly recommend
Brett M., Sacramento
2/12/14 - "Patrick
and Lorett put on a class-A (or should that be M?!?) school!
Being brand new to riding, they provided an atmosphere that was
fun. They take the time and care with riders of all ages and
skill levels and they prepared me well for my Class M test
(which I passed 2 weeks after the class). I will be looking
into taking the next level class from them as I have just
purchased a new bike and have been bitten by the riding bug.
Thanks Pat and Lorett!!"
Dutch L., Roseville
1/28/14 - "Ridewell
motorcycle course is good. I took the basic course. In class
exercise was good, with a lot of group discussion and case
studies. Pat is a good trainer. On
range, it was even better. Got to learn a lot about riding motor
cycle. I would definitely recommend them."
Kun Y, Roseville
Eddie and Lorett made us all feel super comfortable and safe
while riding, they gave clear instructions and taught us how to
ride the right way.
All around, a wonderful course. I recommend all new motorcycle
riders take it."
Kelly C., Elverta
8/25/13 - "Just
completed the 15-hour Basic Rider Course. Pat and Lorett were
personable, knowledgeable, professional and patient. You learn a
lot while having a great time. I don't want to speak for all 12
students but I think we were all amazed by how quickly we
progressed in a mere 10 hours of riding. If you're new to riding
or just want to brush up on the basics, you won't find a better
group than Ridewell."
Josh J., Sacramento
8/10/13 - "RideWell
was AMAZING!!! What a great experience the WHOLE Weekend! :-)
"I chose to take a "refresher" Basic Rider Course after being
away from riding for a number of years. Not only did Pat &
Lorett (owners/coaches of RideWell) give me a discounted rate
(since I already had my license), I also gained more confidence
and learned a lot more than I did years ago.
"Their expertise in not only riding but knowledge and passion
for safe riding/motorcycles radiated out to their students.
They respected each and every one of us and talked to us until
we all understood what was being asked and ensured we knew what
the expectation was.
"Even when I made some mistakes and I got down on myself, Pat &
Lorett BOTH picked me back up and reiterated to me what I was
doing wrong and then explained again what I needed to do and
guess what??? Yep, it worked and I felt as though their
patience and knowledge/passion was just what I needed to gain
the confidence to try again. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT PAT/LORETT!
"All of their equipment, from the Motorcycles to the Helmets
were well maintained, clean and very organized. :-)
"I'm going to come back soon to go through their others "more
advanced" classes when I feel it's time. This is the ONLY
RIDING SCHOOL I will recommend to ALL OF MY FRIENDS!!!
"Again, I cannot say enough about RideWell and Pat/Lorett! YOU
BOTH ARE AMAZING!!! You can definitely tell you BOTH
ABSOLUTELY LOVE what you do!
"See ya soon....... :-)
Michelle Z., Fair Oaks
6/9/13 - "I
can't say enough about how great this school and their Basic
Rider Course is, but I'll try...
"After being absent from motorcycles for about 17 years, I was
looking for a good course to teach me some good fundamentals,
techniques, and safety; their course and staff delivered in
"I signed up the week of June 3 and was in the classroom on the
evening of June 6. Classroom was taught by Patrick and the pace
of the classroom was good, even for myself having ridden before.
There was good participation by everyone and Patrick made
everyone feel welcome while answering all of our questions
clearly. The class size was nice, not too many students, and the
training room was comfortable. All materials were professional
and easily understood. Really, I learned a lot even from the
classroom. Patrick was not going to be available for the range
training that particular weekend so he had one of the
instructors stop by to say hello; Vern showed up around 7 or 8pm
and introduced himself. That certainly impressed me.
"The range was great. Our instructors were Vern and Candace and
they were both absolutely outstanding. It was very obvious to me
that they really cared about us and took their responsibility
seriously, all the while acting in the most professional, kind,
and easy to approach manner. Their instructions were clear and
concise. They took time to answer all of our questions. What's
more, they worked together flawlessly.
"The equipment was very clean and well-maintained with a good
variety of different size bikes. There were extra bikes in case
of problems and even a scooter for someone that intended on
scooter riding. I think you should definitely bring your own
gloves, shoes, etc if you can, however if you need anything
their loaner safety gear was very clean. The range is in an
excellent location, easy to find, lots of room, and virtually no
drive by traffic. It was near perfect. They had a covered area
with plenty of chairs and as a bonus they had plenty of ice cold
water, some snacks, and even a chest of ice and white towels to
help keep your heat level down if its stupid-hot outside. On the
towels, let me make it clear that there is no way that I could
have completed the first day without them because it was well
over 100 degrees outside. We got plenty of breaks too.
"The actual training was outstanding. I learned a lot of great
fundamentals, good habits, techniques for handling various
situations, and most of all CONFIDENCE. We had students from all
kinds of experience levels and I believe everyone learned a
"This was the best choice that I could have made and I'm sure
you'll love the school as much as I did."
Brian M. Sacramento
12/24/12 - "The
course was super helpful. Pat & Lorett are both great. I had a
great time learning from them. I highly recommend anyone to take
the motorcycle training course from them!!
Michelle W. - Carmichael
11/26/12 - "This was a great experience! The coaches are very
helpful and are very passionate about riding. I would highly
recommend their course to any one. However, some riding practice
would be suggested if you have never been on a motorcycle. Try a
dirt bike or a small motorcycle to help you pass this course.
"Great job to the coaches as this was a superb experience!"
David C. Antelope
8/14/12 - 'Pat
and Lorett were great motorcycle training coaches. They work to
make the learning process as comfortable and friendly as
possible. I was somewhat nervous before the training, but now, I
know how to comfortably operate a motorcycle. Whoo Hoo! They
both work full-time at other jobs and do this because they love
motorcycles and love helping people to learn to RideWell!"
Lover of Life S. - Sacramento