Basic RiderCourses

These courses are approved by NYS DMV for License Waiver: Basic RiderCourse for License Waiver, Basic RiderCourse 2 for License Waiver, and 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse.

Take Note

The next Open House for motorcycle classes will be Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Meeting Room 1. Drop in any time from 9 – 11 a.m. to talk with Rider Coaches about the classes we offer.

The 2020 class schedule will be available in February 2020.

Overview of Offerings

NOTE: No student will be allowed to participate without meeting pre-requisites and required riding gear listed under the FAQs! (No Refunds)

Basic RiderCourse (BRC) for License Waiver

  • Sponsored by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)
  • 19.5 hour course (3 hour eCourse and 16.5 hours of classroom and riding exercises)
  • Designed for Beginner and Returning Riders
  • Best Way to Earn Your Motorcycle License*
  • Motorcycles/scooter and helmet provided
  • Pre-requisites: Must be able to ride a bicycle and possess a valid NYS driver's license.

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Basic RiderCourse 2 for License Waiver (BRC2-LW)

  • Sponsored by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)
  • Approved by NYS DMV for Motorcycle License Waiver
  • 8 hour course (3 hour eCourse and 5 hours riding exercises)
  • Designed for riders with some street riding skill (cornering, braking, swerving)
  • Taken on your own motorcycle/scooter
  • Fast track to getting your motorcycle license without a DMV road test
  • Pre-requisites: Must be 18 years of age, possess a valid NYS driver's license AND a valid NYS motorcycle permit that you have held for one year. Must own a street-legal, registered and insured motorcycle or scooter.

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3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse (3WBRC)

  • Sponsored by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)
  • Approved by NYS DMV for 3-wheel only motorcycle license
  • Two day course - classroom and on-vehicle riding exercises
  • 3-Wheel motorcycles provided (two wheels in the front and one wheel in the back)
  • May be taken on your personal trike
  • Designed for the student who plans to ride a 3-wheel motorcycle only.
  • Waiver is NOT valid for a 2-wheel motorcycle license
  • Pre-requisite: Must possess a valid NYS driver's license.

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Course Details

Basic RiderCourse (BRC) for License Waiver

Cost: $310

In the Basic RiderCourse you will learn:

  • Street strategies to avoid trouble and stay safe.
  • How to maneuver in tough situations.
  • Swerving, avoiding collisions, special situations, lane changes, passing and avoiding hazards.

The Basic RiderCourse provides classroom and actual motorcycle/scooter operator training in a controlled, off-street environment.

Scooters Available: If you want to learn to ride, but just don't want to use a clutch, take your Basic RiderCourse (BRC) for license waiver on a scooter. You MUST reserve a scooter when you register for your BRC

Requirements

  • No experience is necessary, however, you must be able to ride a bicycle. A STRONG sense of balance is required!
  • No student will be allowed to participate without meeting pre-requisites and required riding gear listed under the BRC Additional Information! (No Refunds)
  • NYS DMV Policy states: All students MUST possess a valid NYS driver's license or motorcycle driver's license in order to participate in the BasicRider Course. Students will not be allowed to participate in the class if you arrive at class without a valid NYS driver's license or motorcycle license. All students who are 16 and 17 years of age must have a notarized parent or guardian signature on the Participant Release, Waiver and Indemnification Form prior to the start of practice riding - NO EXCEPTIONS. There will be no refund or re-schedule given. NYSMSP also accepts out-of-state student credentials that are acceptable to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. To qualify for the motorcycle road test waiver, the student must present a current and valid New York State driver's license. Students will be required to obtain a NYS Motorcycle permit prior to using the completion card for the road test waiver. (See FAQs below and the Cancellation and Refund policy for more detail)
  • Students who possess a valid NYS Driver's License and valid NYS Motorcycle Learner's Permit may use successful completion of this course as an alternative to the motorcycle road test. Students must have a valid NYS Driver's License and valid NYS Motorcycle Learner's Permit prior to starting any course work. (See FAQs below for further detail)
  • All BRC students are urged to read the BRC Student Handbook and complete the study questions, located at the end, prior to attending the first class.

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about MSF Basic RiderCourse

Q: What is the eCourse?
A: This online course developed by MSF allows you to become familiar with the basics of motorcycle operation before you begin the on-campus class. The eCourse will take approximately three hours to complete. It must be completed no more than 30 days before the on-campus component. If you do not have a computer, you can use a computer at your local library or contact Hudson Valley Community College at (518) 629-7339 or communityed@hvcc.edu.

Q: Do I pay separately for the eCourse?
A: No. When you register with the college you will be given information and directions to access the eCourse on the college website. You will take the course at no additional charge.

Q: What protective gear is required to take the BRC?
A: Please bring gear to first class session for approval.

  • DOT-approved helmet - full-face recommended (some loaners are available), eye protection, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle boots (no sneakers, no heels more than 1"), long sleeve jacket or denim shirt and sturdy long pants (jeans with no holes).
  • Wear layers and bring rain gear. We ride rain or shine, hot or cold. Light colors are better. If you cannot tolerate heat - register for a course in a cooler month or evenings.

Q: What are the requirements for participating in the NYS Motorcycle Safety Program - Basic RiderCourse?
A: Any individual, 16 years of age or older, who wishes to participate in a NYSMSP Basic RiderCourse (MSF BRC) MUST possess a valid NYS driver's license or valid Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued motorcycle license. Any person younger than 18 years must also have the written permission of his/her parent(s) or legal guardian. NYSMSP also accepts out-of-state student credentials that are acceptable to the NYS DMV.

Q: I have a conditional/restricted license due to an impairment conviction. Can I take the BRC?
A: No. NYS DMV policy states: Any potential student who possesses a license that has been restricted due to one or more convictions for driving while impaired may not participate in any NYSMSP RiderCourse until all restrictions to the license have been lifted. All potential students will be asked to attest that they are not in possession of a restricted license.

Q: What are the requirements to receive all the NYS benefits?
A: To be eligible for the road test waiver, you must possess a valid NYS driver's license. You must successfully complete the online eCourse and a written quiz and motorcycle skills evaluation on campus. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory.

Q: I have a non-NYS driver's license. Can I take the course and get the road test waiver?
A: The NYSMSP Basic RiderCourse does not offer any license benefit to drivers licensed in another state. Many states accept the NYS BRC for road test waiver. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT to check with their own state's licensing agency about reciprocity of the BRC from NYS. We will make all reasonable efforts to supply the student with records required by that state. Contact us BEFORE registering with any questions.

Q: What MUST I bring to the Basic RiderCourse?
A: You must bring:

  • The completed Student Information Form and Motorcycle Safety Course waiver and indemnification form that you receive with your registration confirmation. *Note: students who enrolled online will receive the information form and waiver in class. If you are under 18, you should have received a copy of this information form and waiver by mail. The waiver must be signed in two places by a parent and notarized.
  • Proof of completion of the online eCourse within 30 days of the on-campus class, either a printed certificate or photo of same.
  • The original and one copy of your NYS driver's license (class D or higher )
  • Required riding gear.

Q: What SHOULD I bring to the Basic RiderCourse?
A: Yourself, well rested, open-minded and ready to try new things. Bring water (one bottle for each hour), small cooler, energy snacks, sunblock, a wet cloth to cool your face and neck. Wear layers that can be added or removed according to weather and that will still comply with required riding gear. Your outermost layer should be a light color for sunny days.

Q: Will the course take place in all weather conditions?
A: Yes. You should be prepared to ride in hot, cold, wet and dry conditions. In the case of severe weather or thunderstorms, the course may be temporarily delayed or cancelled. If you are not sure if the course will run, contact Barbara at (518) 813-1717 or camstraining@nycap.rr.com.

Q: What if I fail the knowledge test and/or skill evaluation?
A: You have 30 days from the completion of BRC to re-test at no charge.

Q: What types of motorcycles/scooters are used for the Basic RiderCourse?
A: Street and dual-purpose motorcycles and scooters of various styles and brands between 100 - 350cc are used. Many with low seat height are utilized.

Q. Can I take the Basic RiderCourse on a scooter?
A: Yes, we have a limited number of Class A scooters. You must register and reserve a scooter directly with the college (518) 629-7339. You cannot reserve a scooter by registering online.

Q: My inseam is less than 27 inches. Do you have a motorcycle for me?
A: Please contact Barbara at (518) 813-1717 or camstraining@nycap.rr.com to arrange at time to come in and "try on" a motorcycle to make sure you can safely touch the ground. Please do this at least two weeks before your class.

Q: What are the physical requirements of the BRC?
A: You must be able to ride a bicycle. The motorcycle exercises require physical stamina, motor coordination and mental alertness. We offer evening and split-week courses, which some students find more manageable from a physical standpoint than the standard two days in a row schedule. If you require daily tranquilizers or pain medication you probably will not meet the mental alertness criteria. If you have any specific questions about your ability to manage this course, please contact Barbara at (518) 813-1717 or camstraining@nycap.rr.com.

Q: I am under age 18. Can I take the course?
A: Yes, but the notarized signature of your parent or guardian will be required on the waiver indemnification form. Please contact Barbara at (518) 813-1717 or camstraining@nycap.rr.com with any additional questions.


Basic RiderCourse 2 for License Waiver (BRC2-LW)

Cost: $225

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic RiderCourse 2 for License Waiver (BRC2- LW), is a unique riding curriculum for New Yorkers offered through the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program (NYSMSP). You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the BRC2 –LW per NYS DMV. If you are under age 18, you may not enroll in this course.

This eight-hour course consists of a three-hour online (eCourse) and approximately five hours of practice riding exercises on your own motorcycle or scooter. The online course must be completed before attending the riding exercises.

The course is designed to further develop your riding skills on your own street-legal motorcycle or scooter in our secure riding setting. The riding exercises conclude with a Skills Evaluation.

The BRC2-LW is designed for individuals that have some street riding skills and experience (braking, cornering, swerving) and have held a valid New York State Motorcycle Permit for at least one calendar year. This course is NOT for beginners.

To earn a NYSMSP BRC2-LW Road Test Waiver Completion Card you must successfully complete the MSF BRC2-LW eCourse (online) and pass the Skills Evaluation on the range. Your successful completion qualifies you for a Motorcycle License Road Test Waiver of the NYS DMV Road Test.

When you register for the course you will be given a code to take the MSF online eCourse as part of your registration. The online portion must be completed within 30 days of your riding class.

Requirements

  • You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the BRC2 –LW per NYS DMV. If you are under age 18, you may not enroll in this course.
  • Complete online course and bring proof of completion to the riding component of the course.
  • No student will be allowed to proceed if they are unable to demonstrate basic riding skills in a parking lot. (no refund)
  • You must bring your own street-legal, insured and registered motorcycle or scooter. Must bring proof of same. You will not be allowed to proceed with the course if you do not meet this requirement. (no refund)
  • Bring original and copy of your valid NYS driver's license and permit. Cannot proceed without these. (no refund)
  • Out of state permit holders, contact your local DMV to see if they accept this new NYS training for waiver. Contact Barbara with questions at (518) 813-1717.
  • Required riding gear: See BRC2-LW Additional Information

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Basic RiderCourse 2 – License Waiver (BRC2-LW)

Q: What is the eCourse?
A: This online course developed by MSF allows you to come to campus for just the five hours of riding exercises. The eCourse will take approximately three hours to complete. It must be completed no more than 30 days before the on-campus range exercises. If you do not have a computer, you can use a computer at your local library or contact Hudson Valley at (518) 629-7339.

Q: Do I pay separately for the eCourse?
A: No. When you register with the college you will be given information and directions to access the eCourse on the college website. You will take the course at no additional charge.

Q: Who is eligible to take the BRC2-LW?
A: This course was designed by the MSF and NYS DMV for the motorcyclist who has held a permit for more than one year. Per NYS DMV, junior license holders may NOT take this course. This is not a beginner course; it is a fast track way to receive your motorcycle license. You will be required to demonstrate basic street riding skills to proceed with the course. No refunds will be given if you are unable to do this.

Q. Should I take the BRC or the BRC2-LW?
A. If you just got your permit and have limited street time, you should take the BRC. The exercises in the BRC2-LW are designed for the rider who has basic motorcycle operating skills and experience on the street using these skills. An inexperienced rider will not be able to complete the exercises and will be counseled out and not receive a refund. If you are not sure, contact Barbara at (518) 813-1717 or camstraining@nycap.rr.com and she will assist you.

Q: What protective gear is required to take the BRC2-LW?
A: Please wear the following protective gear:

  • DOT-approved helmet - full-face recommended (some loaners are available), eye protection, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle boots (no sneakers, no heels more than 1"), long sleeve jacket or denim shirt and sturdy long pants (jeans with no holes).
  • Wear layers and bring rain gear. We ride rain or shine, hot or cold. Light colors are better. If you cannot tolerate heat - register for a course in a cooler month or evenings.

Q: How do I become eligible for my motorcycle license after one day of training?
A: When the course begins you must:

  • Possess a valid NYS motorcycle permit (minimum of one year recommended).
  • Possess a valid NYS driver's license without restrictions (per NYS DMV, junior license holders may NOT take this course.)
  • Pass the BRC2-LW Course Knowledge Test (MSF eCourse) within the 30 days prior to taking the range exercises. Bring proof to class.
  • Meet the objectives of each training exercises on you own street legal, registered, insured, motorcycle or Class A scooter.
  • Pass the BRC2-LW Skill Evaluation, which is administered after all the BRC2 riding range exercises have been completed.

Q: I have a conditional/restricted license due to an impairment conviction. Can I take the BRC2-LW?
A: No. NYS DMV policy states: Any potential student who possesses a license that has been restricted due to a conviction for driving while ability impaired may not participate in any NYSMSP RiderCourse until all restrictions to the license have been lifted.

Q: What MUST I bring to class?
A: You must bring:

  • Proof of completion of the MSF eCourse within the 30 days prior to the riding session.
  • A valid NYS driver's license and NYS motorcycle permit.
  • Your own street legal motorcycle or scooter with proof of current insurance, inspection and registration. You will not be allowed to proceed with the course if you do not meet this requirement.
  • The completed Student Information Form and Motorcycle Safety Course waiver and indemnification form that you receive with your registration confirmation. *Note: Students who enrolled online will receive the information form and waiver in class.
  • Required riding gear

Q: What SHOULD I bring to class?
A: You should arrive well rested, open-minded and ready to try new things. Bring water (one bottle for each hour), small cooler, energy snacks, sunblock, a wet cloth to cool your face and neck. Wear layers that can be added or removed according to weather and that will still comply with required riding gear. Your outermost layer should be a light color for sunny days.

Q. Will the course take place in all weather conditions?
A: Yes. You should be prepared to ride in hot or cold and wet or dry conditions. In the case of severe weather or thunderstorms, the course may be temporarily delayed or cancelled. If you are not sure, contact Barbara at (518) 813-1717 or camstraining@nycap.rr.com.


3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse (3WBRC)

Cost: $49

MSF's 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse is taught on school-provided 3-wheel training units that have two wheels in the front and one in the back. You may bring your own street legal 3-wheel motorcycle to the class if you prefer. Proof of current registration and insurance required. Motorcycle/side car rigs and sit-in car-style 3-wheel vehicles are not permitted in the class. If you plan to ride a 2-wheel motorcycle, you must take the BRC or BRC-2 for license waiver course.

The 3WBRC is a research-based and action-oriented core curriculum designed to teach beginning 3-wheel motorcyclists of all ages the physical and mental skills necessary to ride safely on the street. It includes basic 3-wheel motorcycle operation, maximum effective braking techniques, turning skills, obstacle avoidance maneuvers, classroom instruction and two half days of "on 3WMC" training.

Graduates are entitled to receive the NYS DMV road test waiver for 3-wheel only motorcycle license. The license issued by DMV, after successful completion, will be restricted to operating a 3-wheel motorcycle ONLY and is not valid for a 2-wheel motorcycle.

Requirements

  • No experience is necessary.
  • No student will be allowed to participate without meeting pre-requisites and required riding gear listed under the 3WBRC Additional Information. (No Refunds)
  • NYS DMV Policy states: All students MUST possess a valid NYS driver's license or motorcycle driver's license in order to participate in the 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse. Students will not be allowed to participate in the class if you arrive at class without a valid NYS driver's license or motorcycle license. All students who are 16 and 17 years of age must have a notarized parent or guardian signature on the Participant Release, Waiver and Indemnification Form prior to the start of practice riding - NO EXCEPTIONS. There will be no refund or re-schedule given. NYSMSP also accepts out-of-state student credentials that are acceptable to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. To qualify for the 3-wheel motorcycle road test waiver, the student must present a current and valid New York State driver's license. Students will be required to obtain a NYS Motorcycle permit prior to using the completion card for the road test waiver. (See FAQs below and the Cancellation and Refund policy for more detail)
  • Students who possess a valid NYS Driver's License and valid NYS Motorcycle Learner's Permit may use successful completion of this course as an alternative to the motorcycle road test. (See FAQs below for further detail)

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse (3WBRC)

Q: What type 3-wheel motorcycle is the course taught on?
A: We provide a three wheel vehicle with two wheels in front and one in the back, semi–automatic.

Q: May I bring my own 3-wheel motorcycle?
A: Yes, you may bring your own street legal 3-wheel motorcycle. These are defined as 2 wheels in the front and 1 in the back or 1 wheel in front and 2 in the back with handlebars and a seat you straddle. Call Barbara with questions (518) 813-1717.

Q: May I use a side car rig?
A: No

Q: Is a 3-wheel vehicle with a car seat and steering wheel allowed?
A: No

Q: What type motorcycle license will I be eligible for?
A: A three wheel only motorcycle license. If you plan to ride on two wheels take the BRC.

Q: What protective gear is required to take the 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse?
A: Please bring gear to first class session for approval.

  • DOT-approved helmet - full-face recommended (some loaners are available), eye protection, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle boots (no sneakers, no heels more than 1"), long sleeve jacket or denim shirt and sturdy long pants (jeans with no holes).
  • Wear layers and bring rain gear. We ride rain or shine, hot or cold. Light colors are better. If you cannot tolerate heat - register for a course in a cooler month or evenings.

Q: What are the requirements for participating in the NYS Motorcycle Safety Program – 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse?
A: Any individual, 16 years of age or older, who wishes to participate in a NYSMSP 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse (MSF 3 WBRC) MUST possess a valid NYS driver's license or valid Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued motorcycle license. Any person younger than 18 years must also have the written permission of his/her parent(s) or legal guardian. NYSMSP also accepts out-of-state student credentials that are acceptable to the NYS DMV.

Q: I have a conditional/restricted license due to an impairment conviction. Can I take the 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse?
A: No. NYS DMV policy states: Any potential student who possesses a license that has been restricted due to one or more convictions for driving while impaired may not participate in any NYSMSP RiderCourse until all restrictions to the license have been lifted. All potential students will be asked to attest that they are not in possession of a restricted license.

Q: What are the requirements to receive all the NYS benefits?
A: To be eligible for the road test waiver, you must possess a valid NYS driver's license. You must successfully complete a written quiz and 3-wheel motorcycle skills evaluation on campus. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory.

Q: Do I need a motorcycle permit to take the class?
A: You will be required to obtain a motorcycle permit to use the waiver. The permit can be obtained before or after the class.

Q: I have a non-NYS driver's license. Can I take the course and get the road test waiver?
A: The NYSMSP Basic RiderCourse does not offer any license benefit to drivers licensed in another state. Other states may accept the 3-Wheel BRC completion card for road test waiver. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT to check with their own state's licensing agency about reciprocity of the 3 WBRC from NYS. We will make all reasonable efforts to supply the student with records required by that state. Contact us BEFORE registering with any questions.

Q: How long is the 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse?
A: The class is held over a two-day period. It is a combination of classroom and on vehicle training. Class times may be extended or changed to compensate for unforeseen situations.

Q: What must I bring to the 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse?
A: You must bring:

  • The completed Student Information Form and Motorcycle Safety Course waiver and indemnification form that you receive with your registration confirmation. *Note: students who enrolled online will receive the information form and waiver in class. If you are under 18, you should have received a copy of this information form and waiver by mail. The waiver must be signed in two places by a parent and notarized.
  • The original and one copy of your NYS driver's license (class D or higher)
  • Required riding gear.
  • If you are bringing your own 3-wheel vehicle it must be street legal and you will be required to show proof of current registration and insurance. Please call Barbara for details (518) 813-1717.

Q: What should I bring to the 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse?
A: You should arrive well rested, open-minded and ready to try new things. Bring water (one bottle for each hour), small cooler, energy snacks, sunblock, a wet cloth to cool your face and neck. Wear layers that can be added or removed according to weather and that will still comply with required riding gear. Your outermost layer should be a light color for sunny days.

Q: Will the course take place in all weather conditions?
A: Yes. You should be prepared to ride in hot, cold, wet and dry conditions. In the case of severe weather or thunderstorms, the course may be temporarily delayed or cancelled. If you are not sure if the course will run, contact Barbara at (518) 813-1717 or camstraining@nycap.rr.com.

Q: What if I fail the knowledge test and/or skill evaluation?
A: You have 30 days from the completion of 3WBRC to re-test at no charge.

Q: What are the physical requirements of the 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse?
A: The 3WBRC is taught over two 10-hour days. You will be on the vehicle for two half days. You must be mentally alert. If you require daily tranquilizers or pain medication you probably will not meet the mental alertness criteria. If you have any specific questions about your ability to manage this course, please contact Barbara at (518) 813-1717 or camstraining@nycap.rr.com.

Q: I am under age 18. Can I take the course?
A: Yes, but the notarized signature of your parent or guardian will be required on the waiver indemnification form. Please contact the college at (518) 629-7339.


Abbreviations Used

NYSMSP = New York State Motorcyclist Safety Program (division of DMV)
MSF = Motorcycle Safety Foundation
BRC = MSF Basic RiderCourse
BRC2-LW = MSF Basic RiderCourse 2 - License Waiver
3WBRC = 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse

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