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Motorcycle Rider Education

Basic Rider Course

The Basic Rider Course is for non-riders, new riders, or someone wanting a refresher course. It is open to anyone sixteen years of age or older.

Your Rider Coaches are certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. They’ll start you off with straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping. You’ll gradually progress to cornering, swerving and emergency braking. In the classroom you’ll learn about the different types of motorcycles, their controls, and how they operate.

The Rider Coaches, all experienced motorcyclists, will advise you on what to wear for comfort and protection. You’ll find out how alcohol and other drugs affect your ability to ride safely. A very important segment of the course will show you how to create your own strategy for riding in traffic, and dealing with critical situations.

Kentucky students successfully completing the course will receive a license waiver for the skill test to obtain your motorcycle license(and some insurance agencies offer discounts). Motorcycles and helmets are furnished to each student. The fee for this course is $150 for Kentucky residents and $250 for non-Kentucky residents.

Register early. Spaces cannot be guaranteed for mailed registrations.
Classes fill 1 – 2 months in advance! Maximum enrollment: 12.

All classes meet on Friday, 6 – 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Central time). All classroom and skills hours must be attended in order to successfully complete course requirements.

REQUIRED Riding Gear for the Basic Course

  • Eye protection(safety, prescription or sun glasses)
  • Over-the-ankle boots with rubber soles
  • Long, sturdy pants
  • Long sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Full-fingered gloves

This class is currently offered free to 16 and 17 year old Kentucky residents. Limit of two free slots per class.

Basic RiderCourse 2 (formerly the ERC)

The Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC 2) is for individuals who have a current motorcycle permit or license, have access to a street legal cycle and have riding experience. You’ll discuss with your peers how to balance the mental and physical aspects of safe riding, manage risk, increase visibility and optimize your lane position.

The “BRC 2” also covers protective gear, rider responsibility, motorcycle inspection and care, the effects of alcohol and other drugs on riding, and includes an optional skill evaluation and knowledge test.

Using your own motorcycle, you’ll put into practice the techniques of managing traction, stopping quickly, cornering and swerving. Some insurance agencies offer discounts for successful completion of the course.

The course meets on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All classroom and skill hours must be attended in order to successfully complete course requirements. The fee for this course is $75 for Kentucky residents and $150 for non-Kentucky residents.  Maximum enrollment: 12.

What you will need for the BRC 2

  • Your own street legal motorcycle
  • Riding gear (Same as basic course)
  • DOT approved helmet (will be provided if you do not have your own)

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 Last Modified 9/24/14