3-Wheel Basic

The MSF 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse (3WBRC) is a basic, entry-level, learn-to-ride 3-wheel motorcycle training and education course. It provides the same fundamental skills as the MSF Basic RiderCourse, but on 3-wheel, 3-track motorcycles (not sidecars). 3WBRC. RiderCoaches who have been trained and certified by the MSF conduct the 3WBRC.

The course consists of both classroom and hands-on instruction including classroom instruction, riding exercises and a knowledge and skill test. Total instructional time is approximately 16 hours. A completion card will be issued.

Course fees will be determined by the local site conducting the training. A DMV Skills Test License Waiver will be issued on successful completion of the course.


How does the MSF define the term “3-wheel motorcycle” for 3WBRC purposes?

A 3-wheel motorcycle must meet the following design requirements:

1. Three-track wheel orientation (leaves three separate tracks during straight-line operation)
– Dual wheels may be front or rear
2. Motorcycle-based conversion or design
– Handlebar steering
– Motorcycle-type controls arranged with the standard convention (convenience alterations such as a single brake pedal or lever control, automatic clutch, or automatic transmission are allowed)
– Saddle seating
– Seating causes rider/passenger to straddle vehicle
– If designed for a passenger, passenger must be seated behind operator
3. Turning diameter of the vehicle at its widest point must be less than 40 feet.
4. The vehicle must meet all applicable federal/state on-road vehicle standards.
5. Under no circumstances will vehicles with the following design characteristics be allowed in the 3WBRC:
– Automotive hybrids or automotive conversions
– Vehicles with automotive controls or seating
– Vehicles with rear or front mounted engines (engines must be mounted mid-frame below the rider)
– Vehicles with enclosed or semi-enclosed riding compartments
– Any other significant departure from the standard motorcycle design.

Can a motorcycle with a sidecar or detachable ‘trike’ kit attend the 3WBRC class?
No – The 3WBRC was developed specifically for the 3-track, 3-wheel motorcycles only.

Are passengers allowed in 3WBRC?
No – The 3WBRC is an entry-level, learn-to-ride training and education course. Passengers or use of trailers,
will not be allowed in the course.

Are the requirements for personal protective gear for the 3WBRC the same as the BRC?
Yes – Personal protective gear includes a helmet designed to meet DOT standards, eye protection, gloves, over-the-ankle footwear, long-sleeved shirt or jacket and long pants.


Classes are offered at:

Caldwell Community College – Hudson- 828-726-2242
Central Carolina Community College – Sanford – 919-776-5601
Lenoir Community College – Kinston – 252-527-6223 Ext. 714

Please call the school for availability