Motorcycle Safety

Basic Rider Course The BRC is beneficial to both new and experienced riders, but experience is not necessary. Training motorcycles are provided. In the Basic Rider Course, you can learn to ride, practice on a training motorcycle, and get your license.

Riders who are 18 years of age or older and have a valid motorcycle permit can earn a motorcycle endorsement upon successful completion of the course. (We Recommend that you obtain your permit weeks in advance of this course.) Riders younger than 18 years of age who wish to ride a motorcycle are required to take the Basic Rider Course before taking the state motorcycle knowledge (permit) and skill tests.

The Basic Rider Course is a 14 1/2-hour course that combines practice riding, classroom discussion, and a pre-course homework assignment. The classroom discussion helps prepare you for the on-cycle portions of the course and provides critical knowledge needed for street riding. Topics include protective gear, mind and machine preparation, risk management, rider responsibility, street strategies, special riding situations, and alcohol.

The riding sessions begin with very basic skills: mounting the motorcycle, identifying the controls, and starting and stopping the engine. Participants then learn clutch and throttle control, riding posture, and the basic skill of straight-line riding, turning, shifting, and stopping. Participants then move on to practice advanced skills such as limited-space maneuvers, countersteering, cornering, and swerving.

While many participants pass the Basic Rider Course on their first try, it is not uncommon for participants to take the course more than once.

Contact Information

Sandy Larson, CTC Coordinator
Customized Training Center
Alexandria Technical & Community College
1601 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, MN 56308
Phone: 320-762-4406
Toll Free: 1-888-234-1313 ext. 4406