|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 BRC2 Skills
Practice (designed for the rider with at least a year of
on-street operation). This course offers valuable practice and
learning of advanced riding techniques on your own motorcycle. A
third option is the BRC2 License Waiver, a course for
experienced riders who need to get their motorcycle endorsement.
|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. Internet access is required to complete this
eCourse. More information will be sent to you about this eCourse
process when you register with us.
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. Helmets must be three-quarter or
full-face. 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 five hours of
classroom instruction, stressing traffic-survival techniques, and
eleven 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
Instructors: All instructors are certified by the
Motorcycle Safety Foundation and approved by the Wisconsin
Department of Transportation. Our instructors have as many as 29
years of experience.
Our Location: BRC riding classes are held at Fort McCoy.
You must have picture ID with you to enter Fort McCoy for the class.
Classroom sessions are in downtown Tomah.
This year's cost for the beginning course is $209, which
includes the use of one of our motorcycles and the cost of the
eCourse. 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
For locations in other parts of the state call the DOT at 1-800-368-9677.
For Permit or licensing questions go to WISDOT and DMV Motorcycle Licensing.
|Experienced Rider Course (BRC2) Skills Practice|
This is the class formerly known as the Experienced Rider Course
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 three quarter or full-face
helmet, eye protection, jacket or long-sleeved shirt, full-fingered
gloves, long pants, over the ankle 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. 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. If you normally ride with a
passenger, we encourage them to participate also. Practicing with a
passenger will improve riding skills for both of you. There is a
$15 cost to cover insurance for the passenger. If you have a
passenger, contact the ABATE office for details to enroll them.
The instructors are certified by the Motorcycle Safety
Foundation and approved by the Wisconsin Department of
Transportation. Our instructors have as many as 29 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.
BRC2 Skills Registration
|BRC2 License Waiver|
Get Your Motorcycle Endorsement Skill Test Waiver: Under
new (in 2014) Wisconsin Law, successful completion of the
BRC2 License Waiver course 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 BRC2 License Waiver is provided to get
people -- who are now riding illegally without a license -- their
motorcycle endorsement. By passing this class, you will receive the
Wisconsin DMV waiver of road test. It is a one-day class taken on
your own motorcycle. It will include a shortened version of the MSF
If you are riding your motorcycle to the class and do not have
an M Endorsement on your Driver's 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.)
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 two hours to complete and is included in your
course tuition. Internet access is required to complete this
eCourse. More information will be sent to you about this eCourse
process when you register for your BRC2 License Waiver course. You
need to complete it no more than 30 days prior to your class with
Two BRC2 Classes to Meet Your Needs: If you ride with a
passenger or want to improve your riding skills, register for the
BRC2 Skills Course. Passengers are allowed with a $15 additional
insurance cost. If you are taking a class to get your M endorsement,
register for the BRC2 License Waiver course. No passengers are
allowed in this class.
BRC2 License Waiver Registration
The cost of the BRC2 course is $89, or $104 with a passenger
to cover the extra insurance cost. You must supply your own
motorcycle. Our Location: BRC riding classes are held at
Fort McCoy. You must have picture ID with you to enter Fort McCoy for
the class. Classroom sessions are in downtown Tomah.
|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
The Wisconsin DOT and DMV have a Web page for course listings at
the WISDOT and DMV Motorcycle Rider Course.
Please refer all inquiries and requests for scheduling
information to the ABATE of Wisconsin Office at 1-715-284-7415.