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Motorcycle Rider Courses

Resources, FAQs and Forms

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
IME = MSF Introductory Motorcycle Experience
UBBRC = MSF Ultimate Bike Bonding RiderCourse


MSF Basic RiderCourse (Sponsored by NYSMSP)

Q: What protective gear is required to take the BRC or the BRC Practice?
A: D.O.T. approved helmet; full-face recommended (some loaners are available); eye protection (glasses or sunglasses accepted); full-fingered gloves; over-the-ankle boots (NO TALL HEELS); long sleeve sturdy jacket or denim shirt; and long pants (jeans). You will not be allowed to ride without proper gear and no refunds are given. Wear layers and bring rain gear. We ride rain or shine, hot or cold. Light colors recommended!

Q: What are the requirements for participating in the NYSMSP - 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 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 New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

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 New York State driver's license and you must complete a written and motorcycle skills evaluation and pass both. Attendance to all class sessions is mandatory.

Q: I have a Non-NYS Drivers license. Can I take the course and get the Road test waiver?
A: The NYSMSP BasicRiderCourse does not off any license benefit to out of state licensed drivers. Many surrounding states accept the NYS BRC for Road test waiver. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILTY OF THE STUDENT to check with their own states Licensing agency about reciprocity of the BRC from New York State. Upon request, we will make all reasonable efforts to supply the student with records indicating successful completion of the BRC. Contact us BEFORE registering, with any questions.

Q: What are the times and dates for the Basic RiderCourse?
A: Classes are offered weekends, weekdays and evenings. Class times may be extended or changed to compensate for unforeseen situations. Click here or call (518) 629-7339 to request a current schedule.

Q: What MUST I bring to the Basic RiderCourse?
A: Bring the completed application and waiver, which you will receive with your registration confirmation. *Note: Students who enrolled online will receive the application and waiver in class. If you are under 18 you should have received a copy of this application 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). Students must have proper riding gear (see first question for list of gear).

Q: What SHOULD I bring to the Basic RiderCourse?
A: You should bring yourself, well rested, open-minded and ready to try new things. Bring water (1 bottle for each hour), small cooler, energy snacks, Sun-Block, a wet cloth to cool your face and neck, removable layers (Don't just bring a heavy black leather jacket and a short sleeve shirt!) You outermost layer should be a light color for sunny days.

Q: Do the courses take place in all weather conditions?
A: Yes, students should be prepared to ride rain or shine. In the event of a thunderstorm or severe weather conditions of any kind, class may be temporarily delayed or cancelled.

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

Q: My inseam is less than 27 inches. Do you have a Motorcycle for me to use?
A: Please call Barbara at (518) 813-1717 and tell her that you want to take the BRC, but need to come in a "Try on" a motorcycle to make sure you can safely touch the ground. She will make arrangements for your "fitting."

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 call HVCC at (518) 629-7339.

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.
E-mail us with any other questions, you may have at rider@hvcc.edu.

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Basic RiderCourse 2 – License Waiver (BRC2-LW)

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. Junior operator license holders do NOT qualify for a road test waiver and may not enroll in this class. This is not a beginner course, it is a fast track way to receive your motorcycle endorsement. 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, call Barbara at (518) 813-1717 and she will assist you.

Q: What is the eCourse?
A: The eCourse is an online course developed by MSF to allow you to just come to campus for 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 Barbara at (518) 813-1717.

Q: Do I pay separately for the eCourse?
A: No. When you register with the college you will be given a code and directions to access the MSF Web site and you will take the course at no additional charge.

Q: What protective gear is required to take the BRC2-LW?
A: DOT approved helmet (full-face recommended); eye protection (glasses or sunglasses); full-fingered gloves; long-sleeve sturdy jacket or denim shirt, over-the-ankle boots (no heels over 1") and long pants (jeans or chaps). You will not be allowed to ride without proper gear and no refund will be given. Wear layers and bring rain gear. We ride rain or shine, hot or cold. Light colors are best in the heat.

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 NY motorcycle permit (minimum of one year recommended).
  • Possess a valid New York State Driver License without restrictions (junior operator license holders do NOT qualify for a road test waiver and may not enroll in this class).
  • Pass the BRC2-LW Course Knowledge Test (MSF eCourse - Online) 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
  • Current motorcycle registration and insurance card
  • Proper Riding Gear

Q: What else should I bring to class?
A: Bring yourself well-rested, open-minded and ready to try new things. Bring water (we recommend one bottle for each hour), small cooler with energy snacks, sunscreen and a wet cloth to cool your face and neck. Wear removable layers according to weather that will still comply with proper riding gear. Light colors are better in the heat.

Q. Will the course take place in all weather conditions?
A: Yes. You should be prepared to ride hot or cold, wet or dry. In the case of severe weather or thunderstorms the course may be temporarily delayed or cancelled. Not sure call Barbara at (518) 813- 1717.

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Ultimate Bike Bonding RiderCourse (UBBRC)

Q: Who is eligible to take the UBBRC?
A: Any student with a valid motorcycle license, who has solid basic riding skill with recent riding experience. It is recommended that the motorcycle or scooter be appropriate for the size and strength of the rider.

Q: What protective gear is required to take the UBBRC?
A: DOT approved helmet (full-face recommended); eye protection (glasses or sunglasses); full-fingered gloves; long-sleeve sturdy jacket or denim shirt, over-the-ankle boots (no heels over 1") and long pants (jeans or chaps). You will not be allowed to ride without proper gear and no refund will be given. Wear layers and bring rain gear. We ride rain or shine, hot or cold. Light colors are best in the heat.

Q: Is the UBBRC a licensing course?
A: No.

Q: What MUST I bring to class?
A: A valid NYS motorcycle license, current motorcycle registration and insurance card, proper riding gear AND a street-legal registered and insured motorcycle or scooter.

Q: Is there any other paper work?
A: You will complete an application and will be required to sign a waiver/indemnification form prior to riding. Bring the completed application, which you will receive with your registration confirmation. *Note: Students who enrolled online will receive the application in class.

Q: What else should I bring to class?
A: Bring yourself well-rested, open-minded and ready to try new things. Bring water (we recommend one bottle for each hour), small cooler with energy snacks, sunscreen and a wet cloth to cool your face and neck. Wear removable layers according to weather that will still comply with proper riding gear. Light colors are better in the heat.

Q. Will the course take place in all weather conditions?
A: Yes. You should be prepared to ride hot or cold, wet or dry. In the case of severe weather or thunderstorms the course may be temporarily delayed or cancelled. Any questions call Barbara at (518) 813-1717.

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Introductory Motorcycle ExperienceSM (IME)

Q: What is the MSF Introductory Motorcycle ExperienceSM (IME)?
A: The MSF IME is an event designed to be an EXPERIENCE, not a training course. The participants are not taking this program to learn to ride. The only objective for them is to experience a motorcycle’s operational characteristics through an initial hands-on experience in a low risk and controlled environment. The sole purpose is to allow the participant to consider the possibility of formally learning to ride. Each participant will have his or her own unique experience.

Q: Is the IME a formal training event?
A: No. This is NOT a course for learning to ride, but rather an introductory experience to a motorcycle, its controls and their operation. This program is a success regardless of the choice to learn to ride or not; however, if participants choose to ride. the experience will help them recognize the need for formal training.

Q: Will the IME provide a licensing test waiver or completion card?
A: No. Completion of the IME course will give the participant information on whether and how they will proceed with formal training for licensing.

Q: Who should take the IME?
A: The experience is designed for anyone interested in becoming more familiar with a motorcycle and its basic controls. Having no motorcycling experience as an operator is preferred.

Q: Is balancing a two-wheeler (bicycle) required?
A: No. Participants do not ride in the IME. The experience is designed to conclude with power walking.

Q: How long does it take to complete the experience?
A: Two hours, maximum

Q: How many participants can participate in an IME at one time?
A: This event design allows for a maximum of three participants with one IME RiderCoach.

Q: Is there any formal classroom work in the IME?
A: No. This event is conducted on the IME range.

Q: Who can coach the IME?
A: Only specially selected, approved RiderCoaches who have completed the IME qualification process can conduct the IME.

Q: Are the requirements for personal protective gear for the IME the same as the BRC?
A: Yes. Personal protective gear includes a helmet designed to meet DOT standards, eye protection, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle footwear, long-sleeved shirt or jacket and long pants.

Q: Should I sign up for the Basic RiderCourse(BRC) at the same time I sign up for the IME?
A: Yes, you can but it's not required. If you choose to, you should register for a BRC that is at least two weeks after your IME. If you decide not to take the course, this will allow you ample time to formally withdraw from your BRC in accordance to our cancellation policy so that you get your BRC fee refunded in full.

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Additional Information and Forms

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation/Refund Policy Acknowledgement (required for those registering by mail, phone, fax or in-person)

BRC Student Handbook

BRC Course Schedules

BRC Additional Information

BRC Practice Additional Information

IME Additional Information

Basic Bike Bonding RiderCourse

Ultimate Bike Bonding RiderCourse

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Resources

Web sites

Motorcycle Safety Foundation

Accident Scene Management, Inc.

 

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