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Motorcycle Rider Education             

Basic Rider Course                                                                       REGISTER NOW                  

The Basic Rider Course is for non-riders, new riders, or someone wanting a refresher course. It is open to anyone sixteen years of age or older.

Your Rider Coaches are certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. They’ll start you off with straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping. You’ll gradually progress to cornering, swerving and emergency braking. In the classroom you’ll learn about the different types of motorcycles, their controls, and how they operate.

The Rider Coaches, all experienced motorcyclists, will advise you on what to wear for comfort and protection. You’ll find out how alcohol and other drugs affect your ability to ride safely. A very important segment of the course will show you how to create your own strategy for riding in traffic, and dealing with critical situations.

Kentucky students successfully completing the course will receive a license waiver for the skill test to obtain your motorcycle license(and some insurance agencies offer discounts). Motorcycles and helmets are furnished to each student. The fee for this course is $150 for Kentucky residents and $250 for non-Kentucky residents.*

*If your are licensed in a state other than Kentucky, check with your local DMV to verify that they will accept the license waiver from this course.

Register early. Spaces cannot be guaranteed for mailed registrations.
Classes fill 1 – 2 months in advance! Maximum enrollment: 12.

All classes meet on Friday, 6 – 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Central time). All classroom and skills hours must be attended in order to successfully complete course requirements.

REQUIRED Riding Gear for the Basic Course

  • Eye protection(safety, prescription or sun glasses)
  • Over-the-ankle boots with rubber soles
  • Long, sturdy pants
  • Long sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Full-fingered gloves

This class is currently offered free to 16 and 17 year old Kentucky residents. Limit of two free slots per class.

Basic RiderCourse 2 (formerly the ERC)

The Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC 2) is no longer offered at WKU. Click Here to see other locations of other motorcycle course sites in KY.

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 Last Modified 6/18/15