Basic Rider Course
Learn how to ride, and earn your motorcycle license endorsement in this 14.5-hour course featuring 10 hours of on cycle training and 4.5 hours of classroom training. Supportive and friendly instructors will teach you how to operate a motorcycle and the basic skills you need to safely ride on the street. Training motorcycles are provided for riders of all sizes. If you’re an automatic scooter rider you can bring your own scooter with proof of insurance if it’s 500cc or less, 400 pounds or less, in good working order and registered as a motorcycle.
Groups or clubs may purchase an entire Basic Rider Course for only $1800. Contact Steve at 320-234-8542 to register your group.
Get Your Motorcycle Endorsement!
If you are 18 years of age or older, you must have a valid Minnesota driver’s license, a motorcycle permit in your possession prior to attending class and successfully compete the BRC to qualify for the State Skills Test Waiver. Successful completion means 100 percent attendance and passing the motorcycle skills test on the last day. NOTE: Riders who have already failed a state and/or MMSC skill test twice are not eligible for the State Skill Test Waiver. All subsequent skill tests for motorcycle endorsement must be taken at a DVS exam station.
Please Note: At the end of the three-day course the instructors will test you and once you pass the test they will stamp your permit, then you DO need to take your stamped permit to any of the licensing stations to have your endorsement activated.
If you are under 18 years of age, you are required to take the BRC before obtaining a motorcycle permit. You must have a valid vehicle driver's license or instruction permit. (Parent/guardian signature is required for participants under 18 years of age)
The classroom discussions help prepare you for the on-cycle portions of the course and provide you with critical knowledge you'll need to ride on the street.
Topics include protective gear, mind and machine preparation, risk management, rider responsibility, street strategies, special riding situations, alcohol and drug impairment, and motorcycle laws and equipment requirements.
The riding portions begin with very basic skills, such as mounting the motorcycle and identifying its controls, and builds steadily upward from there.
The course is divided into two levels. Level I concentrates on motorcycle familiarization, clutch control, throttle control, riding posture, and the four basic skills: straight-line riding, turning, smooth shifting, and stopping quickly. Level II uses the four basic skills to develop a variety of street skills including limited-space maneuvers, counter steering, cornering, and swerving .
For the classroom portion of the training all you need to bring (only if you are 18 or older) is your MOTORCYCLE PERMIT and valid driver’s license or driver’s permit.
The manual to study from to obtain your permit is no longer in print, go to: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/forms-documents/Documents/MotorcycleManual.pdf
Expired permits are accepted if they have been expired for less than one year.
Bring to Class:
- Motorcycle permit (for those 18 years of age or older)
- Completed waiver form (will be emailed to you prior to the class start date)
- DOT approved helmet
- Eye protection (sun glasses, eye glasses, or if your helmet has a full-face shield that will work)
- Full-fingered gloves (gardening gloves, winter gloves, etc.),
- Long sleeve shirt or jacket
- Long pants with no tears or holes
- Over-the-ankle footwear (hiking boots, etc.)
- Also, Rain gear is highly recommended. Class will be held rain or shine.
- Beverages to stay hydrated and snacks
Parent/guardian signature is required for participants under 18 years of age. If you are a MN resident, are over 18, and intend to earn your motorcycle endorsement while taking this course, you MUST OBTAIN A MOTORCYCLE INSTRUCTION PERMIT BEFORE YOUR COURSE BEGINS.
Motorcycle Cancellation/Refund Policy: Ridgewater College reserves the right to cancel a class up to the day prior to the course start date. If a class is cancelled within said time period, a full refund will be issued. If you are unable to attend a class you are registered for, a refund will only be issued if notification is given at least 5 business days prior to the start date of the class, unless otherwise specified. Please check with the Registration Office for complete details.