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Basic Rider Course

Designed for Beginning Riders 

Cost of Course: $160

 

Course Information

MMSC Basic Rider Courses are offered at 30 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
 
 

Riders can get a license and learn essential motorcycle control skills in one course. The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is designed for beginning riders with no previous riding experience and also recommended for returning riders.

Minnesotans wishing to receive motorcycle license endorsement through the BRC must be age 18 or older and have a motorcycle instruction permit in hand. Riders under age 18 are required to take the course to obtain a motorcycle permit.

Classroom topics

  • Protective riding gear

  • Preparation

  • Risk management

  • Street strategies

  • Special riding situations

  • Impairment

Early riding exercises teach basic skills

  • Clutch and throttle control

  • Straight-line riding

  • Turning

  • Shifting

  • Stopping

Later exercises teach advanced skills

  • U-turns and counterweighting

  • Maximum braking

  • Counter steering

  • Cornering

  • Swerving

MMSC provides training motorcycles in the BRC. Riders may ride their own motorcycle or scooter, 51–500cc, in the course. Motorcycles must be street legal, licensed and pass a basic equipment inspection. Riders also must have proof of insurance.

Eligibility Requirements

Participants must be able to ride a bicycle. Riders must furnish their own protective riding gear:
  • DOT-approved helmet

  • Eye protection

  • Long sleeves

  • Long pants

  • Full-fingered gloves

  • Over-the-ankle footwear 

Courses begin mid-April and run through September. Participants must sign up in advance.  

Resources

View the Minnesota Motorcycle and Motorized Bicycle Manual.

Find a state exam station.

View the Basic Rider Course student handbook.