The BRC provides the beginning motorcyclist with the basic mental and physical riding skills necessary to minimize risk on the street.

BRC Course Fee: $310

The Basic RiderCourse (BRC) was developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) as a comprehensive riding program for the beginner rider. Taught by Go Motorcycling, Inc.’s MSF and NYS DMV certified RiderCoaches.  The Basic RiderCourse (BRC) consists of:

  • A 3-hour on-line eCourse that you complete on your own
  • 5 hours of interactive classroom learning
  • At least 10 hours of hands-on riding instruction.

It is so complete that it has been recognized by the New York State DMV as an option to the on-street Motorcycle Road Test.

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Riding Exercises include

Straight-line riding



Cornering and swerving

Low-speed control skills

Motorcycle dynamics

On Site We provide



Eye protection

Course materials

What you need to provide

Sturdy long pants/jeans

Sturdy, over-the-ankle boots

Long-sleeved shirt or jacket

Full-fingered gloves

If necessary, rain-gear

Each class is limited to 12 students with 2 RiderCoaches. Learning is a fun, step-by-step process in a secured lot on our user-friendly training motorcycles.Lynne Vandewater, Go Motorcycling, Inc.

In the eCourse you'll learn about

the location and operation of motorcycle controls

what to wear for comfort and protection

how to develop a riding strategy for dealing with traffic and road hazards

how alcohol and other drugs impact your ability to ride safely

In the Classroom you'll learn about

factors that contribute to crashes

optimizing perception and visual acuity

using the Search – Evaluate – Execute strategy (SEE)

how to make safety an executive function

using self-assessment to create a
positive risk-offset


Firstly, participants must be at least 16 years of age and know how to ride a bicycle. Moreover, 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. Click here for more details.

Secondly, New York State residents must possess a valid car driver’s license in order to participate. Additionally, you will need to obtain a motorcycle learner’s permit in order to apply for the road test waiver upon successful completion of the course. You may obtain this from the DMV either before or after your course dates. (Students under age 18 will need to have held a valid motorcycle learner’s permit for 6 months before they can apply the road test waiver document.)

Thirdly, out-of-state license holders may participate in the Basic RiderCourse (BRC), but they will not be eligible for the NYS Motorcycle Road Test Waiver. Contact your home state to see if they will honor a completion card from New York State.


Each Basic RiderCourse has at least 15 hours of instruction. Generally we schedule classes over a two-day period. At times we offer an evening classroom session followed by two days of instruction. However, other schedules may become available as well. Nonetheless, the curriculum content of each class is identical, and all scheduling options qualify for the NYS road test waiver.

In addition to 15 hours of hands-on instruction, participants will receive a coupon code to take the MSF’s eCourse – a 3-hour on-line course that covers the basics of motorcycling. The eCourse is fun and easy to use with lots of graphics and videos to help you learn. You will need to complete the eCourse within the 30 days prior to your BRC course dates. Importantly, you must remember to bring the completion certificate to class with you.


To earn a NYSMSP BRC Road Test Waiver Completion Card you must participate in the entire course (eCourse + classroom + riding), pass a multiple-choice knowledge test in the classroom and a riding skills evaluation on the practice range. Your successful completion qualifies you for a Motorcycle License Road Test Waiver of the NYS DMV Road Test.

Furthermore, most motorcycle insurance companies offer a premium discount to RiderCourse graduates. Please contact your insurance carrier for specific details.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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