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Motorcycle Safety Basic Rider Course

The 14.5 hour Basic Rider Course (BRC) is the best way to earn your motorcycle license. No experience necessary. Training motorcycles are provided. This course is also recommended for returning riders who have not been on a bike in a while. offers the most complete motorcycle training available. In the BRC, you can learn to ride, practice on a training motorcycle, and get your license, all in one shot!

If you are 18 or older, you must have a motorcycle PERMIT prior to taking the BRC to receive your motorcycle endorsement. Riders under 18 are required to take this course to obtain a motorcycle permit.

Permits can be obtained from the Driver and Vehicle Services exam station. You must have a valid driver's license to receive your motorcycle license.

Classroom topics include protective riding gear, preparation, risk management, street strategies, special riding situations and impairment. Riding exercises - always with two instructors providing expert guidance and feedback - teach the basic skills of clutch and throttle control, straight line riding, turning, shifting and stopping. Advanced exercises teach U-turns and tight turns, maximum braking, counter-steering, cornering and swerving. Workbooks and the test are available in Spanish upon request.

Students must complete 14.5 hours of integrated instruction: 4.5 hours in the classroom and 10 hours of practice on the training motorcycle. Students must possess a valid driver's license or motor vehicle instruction permit.

Each student must furnish his/her own protective riding gear including the following:

  • DOT approved helmet
  • Protective Eyewear (face shield/sunglasses/prescription glasses/or goggles)
  • Long sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Footwear that covers the ankle
  • Full-fingered gloves

100% attendance is mandatory.

To view our schedule, go to http://minnesota.augusoft.net, click on browse classes, then motorcycle training. Or click the attachment below for a PDF printout of the most current training calendar.


 

Moped Training

The 4.5-hour classroom only moped course is a great introduction to riding and meets state requirements for obtaining a moped permit. Topics include: riding gear, preparation, risk management, street strategies, special riding situations and impairment.

Moped training is offered during any of our BRC weekends. It is either Friday night at our Moorhead campus, or Thursday night at our Detroit Lakes campus. Please refer to the BRC schedule or contact the respective campus for more information.

Class fee is $35.

 

Basic Rider Course 2 (formerly Experienced Rider Course)

This course is for riders with their own motorcycle or scooter. The 5-hour BRC2 course builds upon existing skills and knowledge. Newer licensed riders, returning riders, and experienced motorcyclists find this course fun and challenging. Discussion topics include: preparation, risk management, visual skills, riding strategy and traction management. Riding exercises include motorcycle control, finesse, judgement, U-turns and tight turns, maximum braking, counter-steering, cornering and swerving.

BRC2 sessions are scheduled upon request. For a session in Detroit Lakes, please call Sheila at 218-846-3763. For a session in Moorhead, please call Melissa at 218-299-6566.

 

NW Regional Training Center for Road Guard Training

Motorcycle Road Guard Certificate | 3 hours

Cost: $30

The Motorcycle Road Guard Certificate training program will train participants how to legally stop and control traffic for motorcycle group rides. Certified road guards will be able to stop traffic to allow group rides to pass through intersections and give traffic the "all clear" when it's safe to proceed. This course has 2 hours of classroom training, followed by 1 hour of practical training and basic competency testing at a nearby intersection.

In order to participate in this training, fill out an application for the Motorcycle Road Guard Certificate and send it to Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS). The application can be found below or online at www.motorcyclesafety.org.

The application must be received three weeks before your training. The application allows DVS to review applicants' driving records. Applicants will receive a response letter from DVS telling them if they are approved or not approved to attend training. Applicants must bring the letter to training in order to participate.

Training Dates/Times:

Saturday - April 11, 2015 from 9:00am -noon OR 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Saturday - May 9, 2015 from 9:00am -noon OR 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Wednesday - June 10, 2015 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Wednesday - July 8, 2015 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Wednesday - August 5, 2015 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Saturday - September 12, 2015 from 9:00am -noon

Saturday - October 3, 2015 from1:00pm - 4:00pm


 

Three-Wheel Basic Rider Course (3WBRC)

Training for Trikes and Sidecar Rigs - $150

This course is an eight-hour course for riders with little to no, three-wheeled experience to assist in developing safe riding skills. Riders provide their own sidecar rig or trike. Discussion topics include risk management, controls and operation, traction control, curves and corners and evasive action. Riding exercises cover braking, cornering, evasive maneuvers and handling characteristics unique to three-wheelers.

Only session will be Saturday, June 13th from 8:30am - 5:30pm in Moorhead. The passenger may attend at no extra charge.

 

Three-Wheel Experienced Rider Course (3WERC)

Training for Trikes and Sidecar Rigs - $125

The 3WERC is an advanced four-hour course for riders with three-wheeled experience to further develop safe riding skills. Riders provide their own sidecar rig or trike. To take this course, riders should be familiar with motorcycle controls, straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping. Discussion topics include defensive driving, roadway management, street strategies and impairment. Riding exercises cover advanced braking, cornering, evasive maneuvers and handling characteristics unique to three-wheelers.

Only session will be on Sunday, June 14th from 9:00am - 1:00pm in Moorhead. The passenger may attend at no extra charge.

Last modified: November 20th, 2014 at 01:29pm