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.
NOTE: Entrance to the classes at Fort McCoy requires a background check. If you have a felony conviction, we cannot train you at our site. Please click the link below to find another training site.
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 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 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 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 WISDOT and DMV Motorcycle Licensing.
Experienced Rider Course (BRC2) Skills Practice
This is the class formerly known as the Experienced Rider Course (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 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 eCourse.
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 us.
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.
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.
Proof of Enrollment Form
If you are under 18 or if you are any age and have had two instructional permits in the past:
If you want to obtain an instructional permit and ride prior to your scheduled class, you will need proof of enrollment in a class to obtain the permit. To get this form, call ABATE of Wisconsin Safe Rider, 715-299-7233 (715-299-SAFE). If you are enrolled in the BRC2 License Waiver class, you will need your permit. For the BRC a permit is not required before the class.