Basic Rider

Basic Rider Course (BRC): This 20 – 22 hour course is designed for new riders who have never ridden a motorcycle, and for re‑entry riders who have not ridden in a long time. Even experienced riders who have taken this course have told us afterwards that they learned a lot. Persons interested in attending a BRC must be 16 years of age or older. Students under the age of 18 must have the written consent of a parent or guardian. You should have a driver’s license or learner’s permit to take the course. However, you must be able to ride a bicycle, and you must possess some degree of strength. THE COURSE IS PHYSICALLY DEMANDING!! You should be able to support a 300‑pound motorcycle while straddling it, and have the ability to push the motorcycle for distances up to 120 feet. Heat and cold weather conditions can add to the strenuous conditions you’ll encounter while taking the course.

IMPORTANT NOTE!! Our courses are run through the Self-Supporting divisions of the Continuing Education Programs. This means that your tuition fee will not be refunded if you fail to show up for class, or if you fail to complete the course. The Basic RiderCourse is conducted at a pace that results in successful completion for most novice riders. However, if you experience significant difficulty or become a safety risk to yourself or others, you will not be permitted to continue to ride.

We provide the motorcycles. We recommend you bring your own DOT approved helmet, but our sites do have a limited supply of loaner helmets in the event you don’t have your own. In addition, you will be required to wear eye protection, a long sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants (preferably denim), over‑the‑ankle footwear and full fingered gloves (preferably leather). “Acceptable Footwear for Riding Activities includes any over-the-ankle “leather” footwear. Hiking boots and tennis type shoes that cover the ankle and are reinforced with padding and thick canvas or leather are also acceptable.” .

To view a video about the BRC, visit the MSF website at

Upon successful completion of the BRC, you will be issued a skills waiver card for the NCDMV. This means the DMV will not require you to take their motorcycle riding test. You will still be required to visit your local DMV office and take their written exam before being issued a motorcycle endorsement.