Safe Rider Program
Overview and Purpose

The Safe Rider Program is an award-winning, WIDOT and Motorcycle Safety Foundation Certified and Approved Training Series. It is designed to lower the fatality rate on our roads by training riders in the proper and prudent use of motorcycles. It also aims to increase their traffic skills and thereby improve their survival rates on the street. To this end we offer both the Basic Rider Course (BRC) (designed for beginning and minimally skilled riders) and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Experienced Rider Course (BRC2) (designed for the rider with at least a year of on-street operation).

Basic Rider Course (BRC)

Prerequisites: You must have the ability to balance on a two-wheeled vehicle -- a bicycle, for example. You must be at least 15.5 years old and have completed driver education. If you are a minor, you must have proof of parental permission. (We can send you a blank permission form on request.) You do not need to have your DMV Motorcycle Permit to take the class. You will need a Driver's License or picture ID.

IMPORTANT eCourse Information: Before you register, you should know that there will be a pre-course assignment. This must be completed prior to your first day of class. It is in the form of an online eCourse. This eCourse will take you approximately three hours to complete and will cost you $20. You pay online with a credit card or debit card when you login to take it. Internet access is required to complete this eCourse. More information will be sent to you about this eCourse process when you register with us. You can view details on the eCourse at http://online2.msf-usa.org/msf/ecourse.aspx

Yet More IMPORTANT eCourse Information: You need to complete the eCourse no more than 30 days prior to your class with us.

Necessary equipment you must supply for the hands-on course includes: a sturdy jacket or long sleeved shirt, full-fingered gloves, long pants, low heeled boots or high-topped shoes, and eye protection. You may also use your own helmet. If you do not have a helmet, one will be supplied. One of our motorcycles and all other course materials will be provided.

Course Content: The BRC consists of approximately 16 hours of instruction. There are approximately six hours of classroom instruction, stressing traffic-survival techniques, and ten hours of hands-on riding. The average student will ride 35 to 40 miles during the hands-on phase of instruction. You must report on time for all sessions of your class to complete the requirements.

Instructors: All instructors are certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and approved by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Our instructors have as many as 26 years of experience.

Our Location: BRC riding classes are held at Fort McCoy. You must have picture ID with you to enter Ft. McCoy for the class. Classroom sessions are in downtown Tomah.

This year's cost for the beginning course is $189, which includes the use of one of our motorcycles. Helmets are also furnished if you do not have one.

If you would like to get a head start you can download the MSF's BRC Handbook

For locations in other parts of the state, call the DOT at 1-800-368-9677.

For Permit or licensing questions go to http://www.dot.state.wi.us/dmv/motorcyc.html

Experienced Rider Course (BRC2)

This is the class formerly known as ERC.

Purpose: To improve basic-rider skills and crash-avoidance techniques that are usually either absent or under-utilized in crash-involved riders. To improve overall control and increase self-confidence and traffic awareness. To learn to deal with any unexpected situation when riding. A large percentage of motorcycle fatalities are single vehicle crashes. These riders either failed to use proper techniques or simply did not have the skill to avoid crashing. The BRC2 can teach you the skills necessary to avoid such crashes.

Prerequisites: DOT approved helmet, eye protection, jacket or long-sleeved shirt, full-fingered gloves, long pants, proper footwear, and a motorcycle that passes minimum safety standards including two safe tires and functional brakes. The class is run with your own motorcycle. Proof of insurance and registration will be checked. Participants should have a minimum of one year or three thousand miles of road riding experience in order to benefit from this intensive program.

Course Content: The course consists of three hours of classroom study covering risk management, rider awareness, rider impairment, traffic management, perception and observation, and traction management. A written test is also included. The riding portion of the class is five hours of advanced cornering, braking skills, swerving to avoid obstacles, tight slow speed handling, and combinations of curves. A pre-qualification exercise determines whether the rider has enough of the basic skills to continue in this advanced course or should be placed in the Basic Rider Course. The BRC2 also involves a riding evaluation at the end.

The instructors are certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and approved by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Our instructors have as many as 26 years of experience. We recommend that all riders take this course to learn new skills and build on their basic riding skills. Continuing education can help you avoid crashing and keep your mind sharp while riding. It is also a great way to learn to interact with a new bike in a fun day on the range. After that a tune up of you skills every few years will help. Many insurance companies offer five to fifteen percent discounts to riders who have completed the course. Check with your insurance agent.

Get Your Motorcycle Endorsement Skill Test Waiver: Under new (in 2014) Wisconsin Law, successful completion of the BRC2 will earn a waiver of skill test. This means you can pass the course and get your motorcycle endorsement without having to take the Department of Motor Vehicle road test. This will eliminate long scheduling waits or long distance travel to DMV test locations.

The class is run with your own motorcycle. Proof of insurance and registration will be checked. Participants should have a minimum of one year or 3,000 miles of road riding experience in order to benefit from this intensive program. See text above for more information.

If you are riding your motorcycle to the class and do not have an M Endorsement on your Drivers License, you will need to obtain a permit prior to your BRC2 Class. Let us know if you need a "proof of enrollment" document to take to the DMV to obtain your permit for this year. (If you have had two permits before this year, proof of enrollment will be required by the DMV.) There is a box to indicate this need on the registration form.

IMPORTANT eCourse Information: If you do not already have an M Endorsement, before you register, know that there will be a pre-course assignment that must be completed before your first day of class. It is in the form of an online eCourse. This eCourse will take you approximately three hours to complete and will cost you $20, paid on-line with a credit card or debit card at the time you log in online to take it. Internet access is required to complete this eCourse. More information will be sent to you about this eCourse process when you register with us. You need to complete it no more than 30 days prior to your class with us.

The cost of the BRC2 course is $65, or $80 with a passenger to cover the extra insurance cost. You must supply your own motorcycle.

Information Request Form

For literature on our rider programs fill out the following form and submit it. We'll mail you information about the different courses and a schedule of when and where they're offered.

These schedules are not guaranteed to be accurate for availability, but they are updated as quickly as possible by the State Office. Applications are taken on a "First Come, First Served Basis" only. Classes fill up quickly so please make sure you indicate your first, second, and third choice for classes. Application forms are available on the page for download and to print out to send in with your choice of classes.

The Wisconsin DOT and DMV have a webpage for course listings at the WISDOT and DMV Motorcycle Rider Course .

Applications and Schedules
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Contact

Please refer all inquiries and requests for scheduling information to the ABATE of Wisconsin Office at 1-715-284-7415.


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