Frequently Asked Questions
If you have serious doubts about your abilities, consider an Introductory Motorcycle Experience class. If you have been riding on your permit for a season or so and have your own motorcycle, the Basic RiderCourse 2 for License Waiver might be a better choice.
Out of state participants
Out-of-state participants must have a valid car driver’s license from their home state; check with your home state’s DMV to see if they will honor a New York State BRC completion card for licensing benefits.
Students under the age of 18
Students under the age of 18 will need to have their parent or guardian’s signature on both the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program and Covid Release, Waiver and Indemnification forms.
The parent or guardian can accompany the student to class and sign the forms in the presence of the RiderCoach with proper identification (photo ID), or the student may bring the pre-signed forms to class so long as the parent’s signatures are notarized.
Please note that BRC graduates under age 18 will need to hold a valid motorcycle permit for at least 6 months before they can apply for the road test waiver. Click here for information on the Graduated Licensing Law.
Each BRC consists of a 3-hour eCourse that you complete on-line, on your own, prior to your class. You do not have to do the eCourse all at once – you can complete the course over several visits. You will get an access code to the eCourse once you are enrolled. When you join us on your BRC course dates, you will participate in 5 hours of interactive classroom activities and at least 10 hours of riding.
Starting in June of 2022, the BRC classroom will be incorporated into a longer (5-hour) eCourse. From that point you will still be with us for two days of riding, but there will be no classroom component.
If you are nervous about diving right in or not sure if motorcycling is for you, you may want to consider an Introductory Motorcycle Experience (IME) course as your entry point to training.
You can see the full schedule, plus availability for each location, by clicking here.
After you complete your eCourse, be sure to print out your completion certificate – you will need to bring this to class with you. A photo or a screen shot will suffice if you are unable to print a hard copy.
Your eCourse certificate is only valid for 30 days, so be sure to wait until you are within the 30-day window before your complete your course.
Certain medical conditions, recent surgery or injury and/or prescription or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with safe motorcycle operation. If you have medical issues, it is important to consult with your doctor or pharmacist before the course to determine if your medical condition, or the drugs that you are taking for it, could interfere with your ability to safely operate a motorcycle.
Please consider that you will be outdoors for extended periods in ambient weather conditions. You will spend a full day expending mental and physical energy as you learn new skills.
If you are particularly short, please contact our office so we can arrange for you to “try on” one of our training motorcycles a week or two before your class.
If you feel that there are motor skill ability, age, physical condition or language limitations that may limit your ability to learn to ride, please feel free to contact our office to discuss what provision can be made to assist you.
You may bring your own motorcycle helmet and eye protection, so long as they meet DOT standards. You are encouraged to bring your own DOT approved helmet. We can lend you a helmet with eye protection if you do not have one of your own.
You will also need to bring a photocopy of your license (and permit, if applicable) and the originals.
You’ll get specific details on what to bring once you are enrolled.
BRC students are required to have a valid car driver’s license during their class.
Not that instant, but almost. Successful students will receive a New York State Motorcycle Safety Program BRC completion card. You will need to bring this card, along with your license and motorcycle learner’s permit to the DMV to amend your license. If you do not have your motorcycle learner’s permit prior to your class, you will need to get one before you can apply the road test waiver.
You can obtain your permit and amend your license in one visit to the DMV. Students under age 18 will not be able to utilize their road test waiver document until they have held a motorcycle learner’s permit for at least six months.
a) Check back on our website periodically; we may add additional classes and/or cancellations by other students may create an earlier opening. You may reschedule using the confirmation number in your confirmation e-mail. A $20 fee will apply. NOTE: If your class starts within the next 7 days and you want to move to an even earlier available course date, please phone the office to reschedule, as the on-line enrollment system will charge a larger reschedule fee.
b) If you would like to be considered for last minute fill-ins please email us with your preferences. This would be within 24 hours of a class start date/time. You might specify a particular date that you desire or a general interest in an earlier date. Please specify if you are available weekends or weekdays – and we will put you on the cancellation list.