What You Need to Know
1. Choose the RiderCourseSM that meets your needs:

Basic RiderCourse

The best place to start once you've made the decision to ride. Covers the basics of operating a motorcycle and safety-oriented mental strategies. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for your use. Successful completion of this course, consisting of five hours of formal classroom activities and ten hours of riding instruction conducted over two or three sessions, plus its knowledge and skill tests, may waive the license test in your state. The course may also earn you an insurance discount.

Basic RiderCourse 2 - License Waiver

For riders who already have basic skills. Similar to the BRC except speeds are higher and you should be on your own motorcycle. An excellent refresher course for practicing and renewing riding skills. Includes an informal classroom component for discussing safety concepts based on past riding experiences and current knowledge. If you do not need the license waiver component (no classroom activities and no knowledge or skill test), there is a "Skills Practice" offering.

Basic RiderCourse 2 - Skills Practice

This program combines elements of the BRC and BRC2 and includes knowledge and skill tests. Similar to the BRC2 – License Waiver RiderCourse, it is designed for riders who have a permit and possess basic skills, but who have not been riding for several years. It consists of only the riding exercises and does not include classroom-type instruction. It is a perfect way for you to reinforce basic skill on your own motorcycle.

Advanced RiderCourse

A one-day course that complements your basic skills and helps with personal risk assessment. It includes a fast-paced classroom segment with several fun interactive activities to improve perception and hazard awareness. Range exercises enhance both basic operating skills and crash-avoidance skills. Improving your braking and cornering finesse is emphasized. The course is beneficial for riders on any type of street motorcycle.

Introductory Motorcycle Experience

A two-hour, first-touch experience with a motorcycle, not designed to teach actual riding skills. Focused on reviewing a motorcycle's primary parts and controls, it helps you determine whether motorcycling is a good personal choice. You are given the option to manipulate the controls while astride a motorcycle. A self-assessment component ensures you are of aware of the risks and requirements for being a good, safe and responsible rider.
2. All students must provide and wear the following personal items for all on-motorcycle instruction:
  • Over-the-ankle footwear. (not cloth, canvas, etc.)
  • Long non-flare denim pants or material of equivalent or better durability.
  • Long-sleeved shirt or jacket.
  • Full-fingered gloves, preferably leather.
3. Course Fees:
The cost of attending a RiderCourse will vary depending on your training provider.
4. Course Requirements:
The Basic RiderCourse is conducted at a pace that results in successful completion for most novice riders. The RiderCoaches will help you learn to the best of your ability. If you have significant difficulty or become a risk to yourself or others, as determined by you or your RiderCoaches, you will not be permitted to continue to ride (other options may be available for developing your riding skills).

To successfully complete the course, you must: 1) attend all sessions, and 2) achieve a minimum score on a knowledge test covering course materials, and 3) achieve a passing score on a riding-skill evaluation. The riding-skill evaluation consists of four exercises that assess limited-space maneuvering skills as well as braking, cornering, and swerving competencies.

Successfully completing the Basic RiderCourse is not a guarantee that you will be safe on the road. Only you can choose the level of safety you wish to maintain. The course will provide you with the opportunities and experiences to acquire the basic knowledge and skill that enable you to continue to practice and develop your safe riding habits. Safe riding is also a matter of attitude, and only you can provide that.

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