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BRP introduced the all-new Can-Am RYKER model

Thursday, September 13, 2018
The Can-Am Ryker is an entirely new model in the Can-Am On-Road vehicle lineup, which now includes both the Can-Am Ryker and Can-Am Spyder model families. The Can-Am Ryker is designed to bring the on-road experience to as many people possible by shattering the accessibility barrier with ease of riding and low purchase price. The Can-Am Ryker is arguably the easiest-to-ride 3-wheel vehicle ever created. It has an automatic transmission so riders don’t need to change gears, it’s the twist-and-go!

The Can-Am Ryker is available with two renowned engine options: a two-cylinder Rotax 600 ACE or a three-cylinder Rotax 900 ACE. It also has a durable driveshaft that requires no adjustment, alignment or maintenance, lowering ownership costs. And riders will enjoy adjustable handlebars and foot pegs which can be moved to fit different riders in seconds with no added tools or parts.

The Can-Am Ryker also features Can-Am’s Y-architecture, with two wheels in front and one in the rear for superior stability and stopping power, along with a Vehicle Stability System. The ride itself is incredibly fun, with superb responsiveness and a low center of gravity that connects people to the road.

Built to disrupt, the Can-Am Ryker is…
• Accessible: starting as low as $8,499 USD and easy to ride with twist-and-go technology
• Fun: innovative, confidence-inspiring ride without compromise
• Customizable: over 75k ways to personalize, including many snap-on/snap-off accessories

To learn more about the all-new RYKER, click on the link
CanAm Ryker


REAL-ID licenses now available in New York State

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Flying in your future? Soon, you will need a REAL ID to board a flight within the U.S. if you do not have a passport or Enhanced Driver License. According to the federal REAL ID Act, beginning on October 1, 2020, those wishing to fly within the U.S. using their New York State issued license or ID card will need a REAL ID or Enhanced Driver License (EDL). DMV is encouraging all New Yorkers, especially those renewing or getting a license or ID for the first time, to get a REAL ID now. For more information about REAL ID and Enhanced Driver Licenses, visit
REAL ID is available at DMV offices statewide. The cost is the same as a standard license, which is now marked Not for Federal Purposes. It will require a trip to the DMV to get a photo taken and present the required documents. To ensure you have all the documents you need before your visit, DMV has created a document guide that will walk you through what you need to bring to the office. Find it at


Big Apple Motorcycle School to give seminars at Americade

Thursday, March 15, 2018
The Big Apple Motorcycle School is proud to announce that we are again giving seminars at Americade in Lake George, New York! Two “Best of Motorcycling Tips, Tricks and Techniques” seminars will be given on Tuesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 7, at 1 PM at the Fort William Henry Conference Center in Lake George. Please see our Americade website for more information.


New MSF training location at Heckscher State Park in Great River

Friday, January 20, 2017
The Big Apple Motorcycle School is proud to announce our new MSF training location at Heckscher State Park in Great River! Spring 2017 classes will begin on March 31, 2017. The riding portion of all Basic RiderCourses will be given at Heckscher. Classroom training will be given at a nearby offsite location as yet to be determined. Please see our class schedule to register.


The Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists Funds Ten (10) New & Experienced Rider Scholarships to Big Apple Motorcycle School

Thursday, December 22, 2016
Cycle Gear Inc. and the Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists is dedicated to doubling the number of female riders by 2020. In pursuit of this goal, Cycle Gear Inc. has donated $10,000 to help fund WCM scholarships to women in need. To implement their gracious donation WCM has partnered with Big Apple Motorcycle School Inc. Founder and President Diane Ortiz to establish a scholarship program for 6 basic rider and 4 experienced rider scholarships, 10 in total to promising female motorcyclists to attend The Big Apple Motorcycle School instructed by certified motorcycle trainers. Held in Long Island, New York, the focus is to build confidence in individuals who want to grow as riders.
The scholarship award will cover: Six MSF Basic Rider Course (BRC) scholarships valued at $350 per rider. Each includes: a 3-hour E-course, 5-hours of instruction, and 10-hours of on-motorcycle training; bike rental, helmet and gloves; as well as a waived NYS motorcycle road test if course is successfully passed. In addition, four MSF Rider Course Skills Practice (BRC2SP) scholarships valued at $125 per rider which includes: in-depth riding techniques and procedures for experienced riders. Bike, gloves and helmet is not included. For more information and to apply go to: Application.
Note: You must be a member of WCM to apply WCM Memberships.
Submission deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017 by 11:59pm


NEW! 8 hour license waiver course for experienced riders

Starts Spring 2015
Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic RiderCourse 2 with License Waiver (BRC2-LW) is an 8-hour course that contains a unique on-line classroom segment as a pre-requisite and also offers a variety of practice riding exercises designed to further develop your riding skills on your own motorcycle. The riding exercises conclude with a skills test. In order for a participant to earn their NYSMSP BRC2-LW License Waiver Completion Card they must successfully complete the eCourse (on-line) and the skills evaluation on the range. It is designed for individuals that have had some street riding experience and have held a valid New York State Motorcycle Permit for at least 1 calendar year, and possess some street riding skills. You’ll practice these critical riding skills on your own motorcycle in our secure riding setting. Successful completion of a BRC2-LW qualifies you for a motorcycle license road test-waiver with the New York State DMV. See: Class Schedule for more information about BRC2-LW and to register.


Changes to Learner’s permit requirements

Motorcycle permit still needed to obtain endorsement
Effective immediately, motorists who would like to take the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program (NYSMSP) / Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course (BRC) no longer need to obtain a motorcycle learner permit before taking the course. They will need a learner’s permit to use their waiver. Please check our changes to learners permit requirement for more information.


AMA Go Ride Safely! week stresses rider training and protective gear

The American Motorcyclist Association represents motorcycle riders nationwide
The final phase of AMA Go Ride! Month begins today and the weeklong theme is “Go Ride Safely!” Sponsored by the American Motorcyclist Association, AMA Go Ride Safely! week promotes rider training and the use of appropriate riding gear to help ensure that every ride is enjoyable and every rider is prepared for the unexpected.

“When it comes to riding responsibly and reducing risk, the AMA strongly encourages its members and all motorcyclists to take rider training and wear protective gear,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “In addition, we advocate nationally for driver awareness programs to alert other roadway users to our presence in traffic.”