Basic Rider Course
Have you always wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle? Well, you’ve found the right place. Our basic course is designed for riders who have never operated a motorcycle, and we supply the bikes! The Motorcycle Safety Awareness Program through its vendor has an agreement that allows for the testing of riders for their endorsements, so you can learn to ride and get your license—all in one place.
The Basic RiderCourse (BRC) Tuition: $100.00
West Virginia law requires that all motorcycle operators obtain a motorcycle endorsement. Classes are offered through our vendor the Motorcycle Safety Foundation are the only approved Rider Training course available in this state. Common sense dictates the same for new riders of any age. While no previous motorcycle riding experience is required, it can be beneficial. We recommend that students with absolutely no riding experience take a course that takes place over two to three days.
The BRC is about 15 hours long and combines practice riding on a closed-off parking lot and valuable classroom discussion. 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, countersteering, cornering, and swerving.
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. Previous motorcycle riding experience is not required to enroll in this course (although it can be very helpful). However, you must be physically able to balance and ride a bicycle.
Please note that the WVMSP does not guarantee your instant success. While many students pass on their first try, it is not at all uncommon to have to take the class more than once.
- Training motorcycles are provided and include: Honda CM250 Custom, CM200T, Nighthawk 250, CB125S, CB125TT, Rebel 250, NX125; Suzuki GN125, GN250, GZ250, DR125; Kawasaki KE100, Eliminator 125; and Yamaha Route 66 250.
- The BRC offers complete, quality training. You'll get 15 hours of instruction: 5 hours classroom and 10 hours of practice riding! To enhance student learning, class sizes are small: 12 students and two rider coaches (instructors). The classroom and on-cycle instruction are integrated for maximum skill development.
- Graduates may be eligible for insurance discounts as well as incentives from motorcycle manufacturers and dealerships.
- Riders must be at least 16 years old. All Applicants under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian present on the first day of class to register and sign the necessary permission forms.
- Students must possess either a valid driver's license or motor vehicle instruction permit.
- Students must furnish their own protective clothing (eye protection, long sleeves, long pants, full-fingered gloves, and over-the-ankle footwear) and DOT-approved helmet.
- Students must be able to ride a bicycle, as the skill of balancing is not taught in this course.
- Generally, courses will run rain or shine. However, the instructor may postpone the course because of weather conditions.
- To successfully complete the course, 100 percent attendance is required. Participants must pass a written knowledge test and the on-cycle skill test.
- All students who possess a valid motorcycle permit and successfully complete the course may take advantage of the State Skill Test Waiver and receive their motorcycle endorsement.
- Participants must sign up in advance. The course tuition is $100.
- Enrollment is limited and courses fill up fast, so register early.
- Courses begin in mid-March and run through October. The schedule is updated frequently.
To speak with someone regarding questions about the Basic Rider Course, you can contact us.