Frequently Asked Questions
Students under the age of 18 will need to have their parent or guardian’s signature on the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program Waiver and Indemnification form. The parent or guardian can accompany the student to class and sign the form in the presence of the RiderCoach with proper identification (photo ID) or the student may bring the pre-signed form to class so long as the parent’s signature is 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.
The Basic RiderCourse has at least 15 hours of hands-on instruction. Classes are generally scheduled over a two day period, or sometimes an evening classroom session followed by two days. Other schedules may become available. The curriculum content of each class is identical, and all scheduling options qualify for the NYS road test waiver. 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.
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 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; additional classes may be added 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 (within 24 hours of a class start date/time), please email us with your preferences. 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.