New Rider Quick Start Guide

Our most popular program for new riders is the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic RiderCourse (BRC). The BRC provides everything a new rider needs to learn to ride and get their motorcycle endorsement.

Basic RiderCourse prerequisites are you need to have an automobile driver’s license and you need to have the ability to ride a bicycle. You do NOT need a motorcycle learner’s permit to take the BRC, however you will need to get one after you complete the course and prior to using your completion card to obtain a motorcycle endorsement (See Ride Prerequisites for more information).

Basic RiderCourse highlights include: 18 hours of training broken down into an approximately 3 hour on-line learning component (eCourse), 5 hours of classroom training typically given on a Friday evening from 5 to 10 pm, 10 hours of on-motorcycle riding typically held over 2 days (normally Saturday and Sunday for 5 hours each either in a morning session or afternoon session). We also have classes on weekdays if this is more convenient.

We supply the motorcycle, a helmet and gloves. You simply need to wear the appropriate gear – sturdy over-the-ankle footwear, a long-sleeved shirt or jacket and long non-flare denim pants or equivalent protective material. You can use your own helmet as long as it is DOT approved and your own gloves as long as they are full fingered with no holes. See our Ride Prerequisites for more information. We use small training motorcycles (like the Kawasaki BN125 Eliminator) that are light and have low power appropriate for beginners. You are NOT allowed to use YOUR OWN motorcycle for training unless they meet specific criteria – please contact us to inquire about this option. We also have one (1) scooter that is available for training – again please contact us in advance prior to registration to make sure it is available for your specific class.

All Basic RiderCourses are given in Great River at Heckscher State Park, Field 7. Great River is on the south shore of Long Island in Suffolk County. It is not far from the Courthouse in Central Islip near where the Southern State Parkway meets Sunrise Highway. We do NOT do MSF courses in Hicksville! Since there are no classroom facilities near the park, we use a location nearby in Oakdale for the classroom portion of the course. See training locations for more information. More information and directions to the classroom will be sent to you approximately one week prior to the start of your course.

All of our registration is done online using our Class Schedule. You can see a list of all of the courses we offer there. We show both FULL classes and those with OPEN seats. You need to select a class with an OPEN seat in order to register. You might have to scroll a page or two forward to find one.

We offer many different class formats to meet your needs See our Class Schedule. Our typical course is Friday / Saturday / Sunday, however, in peak season we also offer weekday and other formats.

We cannot fit you in if the class is full! We have a limit of 12 students per class and normally only run 2 classes per weekend and our classes fill up fast. In peak season (Spring), we may be full 6 weeks in advance. As it is our busiest time and supply is limited, it is important for you to register NOW if you want to secure a spot.

Registration is not secured until full payment is received. We cannot hold spots for students who do not pay since demand is high and we have only limited space. Your spot is secure once we receive your payment. You can pay online by using our Payment link at any time after you register. Payment is required within 2 days of registration or your reservation may be canceled.

We will send you more information via email after you have registered and paid. All information is sent via email so make sure you use a valid email address and that you check your spam folder if you have one. It is VERY important that you use an email address that you check often. Your MSF eCourse registration uses this email address as your login. We will also be sending you much additional information to this email address.

You can register your friend or family member to take the class with you but there are some things you should know Each student must have have a different, unique and valid email address. Your MSF eCourse registration uses this email address as your login. Payment is also required for each student to secure their spot. If one person is making payment, you must make a separate payment for each student and note somewhere in the payment information the name of the student who is being paid for.

The online learning component (eCourse) must be completed within 30 days of the start of your riding portion of your class. It will take you approximately 3 hours to complete it. You do not have to do it all in one sitting – you can go out and come back in multiple times and it will remember where you left off. You must print and bring your course completion certificate with you to the classroom. Completion of the eCourse is a requirement of passing.

More information and directions will be sent to you via email approximately one week prior to your course. At that time, we will send you the building and classroom that will be used for the Friday evening classroom segment. We will send you reminders about the gear and course completion requirements. It is VERY important that you use an email address that you check often as this is the primary method of communication you will receive.

You will receive a road test waiver upon successful completion of the course. You must successfully pass the classroom knowledge test and on-motorcycle skill evaluation to complete the course. This road test waiver will allow you to bypass the DMV road test and can be turned into a motorcycle license by taking it to any Department of Motor Vehicles office after your course. You will need an automobile driver’s license, a motorcycle learner’s permit (that you can obtain at the same time if you don’t already have one by taking and passing a 25 question multiple-choice test and paying an application fee to the DMV), your completion card and a small fee. See Road Test Waiver information for a more thorough explanation.

If you complete the class but fail the on-motorcycle skill evaluation, you are allowed one retest at no charge. You will be allowed to retest when a future skill evaluation is given. You just need to provide us with 2 days notice that you will attend. You will receive more information about this if you fail your skill evaluation.

The cost is $385. This includes use of the motorcycle, a helmet and gloves if you need them. It also includes all of the training you will receiving including the online learning component (eCourse).

The eCourse is included in your $385 payment The link to the online learning component (eCourse) will be sent to you upon payment of your course fee. Do NOT sign up for the eCourse on the MSF site! If you do this, it will ask you to pay an additional $20 fee. Don’t do it! The eCourse link is sent to you when your BRC registration payment is processed. If you sign up and pay independently for the eCourse, we cannot refund that payment!

The MSF eCourse is supported by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) If you are having issues with your eCourse, it is an MSF product and the MSF can help you. Please contact MSF for any eCourse issues at or call them at 949-727-3227, ext. 3158, Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM Pacific Time.

The riding portion is given RAIN or SHINE. If you get the privilege of training during rain, you will never be afraid of the rain again! We encourage our students to bring rain gear in case of inclement weather. We will only stop the class because of weather in extreme circumstances (lightning, hurricane, etc.)

We have a liberal cancellation policy. You can cancel up to one week prior to the class at no charge. There is a $100 cancellation fee for the BRC if you cancel within one week of your scheduled start date. There are no refunds within 48 hours of your course start date. For more information, please see our full refund policy

Completion of the course also may entitle you to insurance discounts. Check with your motorcycle insurance company but most will give you a 10% discount off of your motorcycle insurance by taking this class.

Don’t think you need a full class? Please read Misconceptions of non-riders

Still have more questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions or Contact us.