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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
ERC = MSF-Experienced 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 and a valid NYS motorcycle permit 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, a valid New York State Motorcycle Learner's Permit 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, which you will receive with your registration confirmation. *Note: Students who enrolled online will receive the application in class. If you are under 18 you should have received a copy of this application by mail. It must be signed by a parent and notarized. The original and one copy of your NYS driver's license (class D or higher). The original and one copy of your NYS Motorcycle Learner's permit. Students must have proper riding gear, which includes over-the-ankle boots, long pants, long-sleeved shirts or jacket, a helmet (which meets DOT standards), eye protection and full-fingered gloves. In the event of rain, be sure to bring your rain gear as well.

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 (Some students have even brought Hydration backpacks), 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: I have a really short inseam. Do you have a Motorcycle for me to use?
A: Please call HVCC at (518) 629-7339 and tell them 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. They will put you in touch with an instructor 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 application.
Email us with any other questions, you may have at rider@hvcc.edu

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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 upon completion?
A: No. The takeaway for the IME is a “Participation” card. Its purpose is to simply congratulate the participants for completing the experience and to give them information on how to provide feedback and sign up for formal training

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. While we don’t require it, we do ask that you sign up for a BRC a minimum of 2 weeks after your scheduled IME. This way, you will have spot reserved already and have time to reflect on what you have learned. If you choose not to go on to take motorcycle training, 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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Total Control - Advanced Riding Clinic (ARC)

Q. Do I need a motorcycle license to take the ARC?
A. Yes. This course is for riders who already have a current class “M” (motorcycle) driver’s license. Total Control does not teach beginning riders how to operate or ride a motorcycle. This course does not offer a license waiver.

Q. Do I have to bring my own motorcycle or scooter to the class?
A. Yes. You must provide your own motorcycle or scooter. It must be street-legal and have a current registration. In addition, you must have a motorcycle insurance policy in force and must bring current Insurance and Registration documents to class. You will not be allowed to participate in the riding sessions without said documentation and no refund shall be given.

Q. What kind of motorcycle do I need for the class?
A. Any standard, naked, cruiser, dual-sport, sport, sport-touring, touring bike, or scooter of any size.

Q. I ride a sportbike - What am I going to get out of riding in a parking lot?
A. More than you’d imagine. This is a class for developing advanced riding technique. By practicing what you’ll learn in class, you may just become the best rider in your group!

Q. Is this a race or a racing school?
A. No. This is an advanced riding school. Motorcycles are never on the same course at the same time, there is no timekeeping, and it is not a competition. However, if you are interested in competition, this is an ideal course to prepare you for participating in a track day. You will learn principles that can help you corner more quickly and with more precision.

Q. I ride a heavy cruiser or full touring rig with floor boards. What can I expect?
A. The opportunity to expand your limits. Many touring riders fear dragging hard parts of their cycle. Our curriculum will show you how to use body position to avoid dragging.

Q. I’ve only been riding a short time. Can I take the course?
A. Total Control is for experienced riders. Our minimum requirement is 3,500 miles of street riding and one year of experience. Call us at (518) 810-4923 if you would like to waive this policy.

Q. What type of riding gear do I need?
A. Required protective riding gear includes a Motorcycle Specific riding jacket (Leather, textile or mesh), Motorcycle Specific riding pants (leather chaps or Kevlar jeans are OK), full-fingered gloves, boots that cover the ankle, and a legal DOT-approved helmet in good condition (full-faced helmet is recommended but not required). REGULAR JEANS and FINGERLESS GLOVES are NOT allowed.
Contact us at rider@hvcc.edu with any questions about riding gear requirements.

Q. Do I need to do anything to my motorcycle prior to taking the ARC?
A. Please ensure the following:

  • Your motorcycle should be well maintained.
  • Tires should have sufficient tread (at least 3mm). Air pressure will be checked before class starts
  • Your bike should be able to perform satisfactorily in hot weather. Your bike should not overheat while stopped with the engine running.
  • Check your fluids before you arrive (including gas).
  • Make sure you brakes are in good working order.
  • Absolutely no race tires or race compound tires allowed regardless if they are DOT approved.

Q. How much of Total Control is in the classroom vs. on the range?
A. The course consists of 30% classroom (theory) and 70% range (application) exercises.

Q. How is the course taught?
A. With both classroom and riding instruction, using lots of individual coaching. Topics include: throttle/brake transitions, mental state, corner vision, corner entry and line selection, mid-corner body position & corner exits, corner transitions (figure 8’s), basic motorcycle suspension, and super slow tight turns.

Q. Do the courses take place in all weather conditions?
A. 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. How long is the class and what about lunch?
A. Total Control is an eight-hour course. Bring a lunch or snacks. (Plenty of places to eat close by also). Water will be provided.

Q. What qualifications do the ARC instructors have?
A. All ARC instructors are certified and have received intensive training. In addition to the formal training, instructors are supervised by a master instructor until they become one. Instructors must have at least five years of riding experience. Refresher courses are given annually.

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Total Control - Intermediate Riding Clinic (IRC)

Q. Do I need a motorcycle license to take the IRC?
A. Yes, this course is for riders who already have a current class “M” (motorcycle) driver’s license. The IRC does not teach beginning riders how to operate or ride a motorcycle. This course does not offer a license waiver.

Q. Do I have to bring my own motorcycle or scooter to the class?
A. Yes, you must provide your own motorcycle or scooter. It must be street-legal and have a current registration. In addition, you must have a motorcycle insurance policy in force and must bring current insurance and registration documents to class. You will not be allowed to participate in the riding sessions without said documentation and no refund shall be given.

Q. What kind of motorcycle do I need for the class?
A. Any standard, naked, cruiser, dual-sport, sport, sport-touring, touring bike or scooter of any size.

Q. I’ve only been riding a short time. Can I take the course?
A. Total Control IRC is for newer riders or those who got back into riding after a number of years off that have their Motorcycle license. Our minimum requirement is 500 miles of recent street riding.

Q. What type of riding gear do I need?
A. Required protective riding gear includes a Motorcycle Specific riding jacket (Leather, textile or mesh), Motorcycle Specific riding pants (leather chaps or Kevlar jeans are OK), full-fingered gloves, boots that cover the ankle, and a legal DOT-approved helmet in good condition (full-faced helmet is recommended but not required). REGULAR JEANS and FINGERLESS GLOVES are NOT allowed.
Contact us at rider@hvcc.edu with any questions about riding gear requirements.

Q. Do I need to do anything to my motorcycle prior to taking the IRC?
A. Please ensure the following:

  • Your motorcycle should be well maintained.
  • Tires should have sufficient tread (at least 3mm). Air pressure will be checked before class starts
  • Your bike should be able to perform satisfactorily in hot weather. Your bike should not overheat while stopped with the engine running.
  • Check your fluids before you arrive (including gas).
  • Make sure you brakes are in good working order.

Q. How much of Total Control IRC is in the classroom vs. on the range?
A. The course consists of 30% classroom (theory) and 70% range (application) exercises.

Q. What skills does the IRC cover?
A. With lots of individual coaching. Topics include: throttle control, brake control, vision, line selection, low-speed turning, evasive maneuvers, road-speed turning.

Q. Do the courses take place in all weather conditions?
A. 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. How long is the class and what about lunch?
A. Total Control IRC is a five-hour course. It includes a lunch break. Bring a lunch or snacks. There are plenty of places to eat close by. Water will be provided.

Q. What qualifications do the IRC instructors have?
A. All IRC instructors must be initially certified as Total Control - Advanced Riding Clinic instructors that have received intensive training. In addition to the formal training, instructors are supervised by a master instructor until they become one. Instructors must have at least five years of riding experience. Refresher courses are given annually.

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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 2014 Course Schedules

NYS DMV Motorcycle Manual

BRC Additional Information

BRC Practice Additional Information

IRC Additional Information

ARC 1, 2 and Practice Additional Information

IME Additional Information

Basic Bike Bonding RiderCourse

Ultimate Bike Bonding RiderCourse

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Resources

Web sites

Motorcycle Safety Foundation

Total Control Training

Accident Scene Management, Inc.

Videos

BRC Highlights

Group Riding

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