Basic Rider Course
This 17–hour course is designed for the true beginning rider who has little or no riding experience. It includes classroom and riding instruction on the basic riding skills and strategies necessary for an individual to begin to practice street riding. Courses are taught by Motor Vehicle Administration and Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified instructors. You must be able to ride a bicycle to participate in this course.
Students are required to complete a three hour eCourse online prior to their course start date. Detailed online course information will be given to each student upon registration. During the classroom activities, you will discuss topics that include responsible riding, selecting proper riding gear and the basic riding skills. Other topics include defensive riding strategies and how to handle a variety of riding situations. You will receive approximately 10 hours of riding on a training motorcycle practicing clutch-throttle control, stopping, turning, shifting and basic crash avoidance skills. You are to provide your own riding gear, which includes a DOT certified 3/4 helmet, eye protection, jacket, full-fingered gloves, long pants and sturdy over-the-ankle footwear.
Throughout the course the instructors evaluate and coach each rider’s performance. Participants who do not achieve the minimum performance standards will not be allowed to continue in the course. To complete the course, you must pass a knowledge and skill test administered at the end of the course. Riders who pass will receive a Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Card. There is no guarantee that an individual enrolling in this course will pass, or get their license.
This course is approved by the Motor Vehicle Administration for the Class M licensing waiver. Participants who meet the testing standards for licensing will be eligible to receive their Class M license. While a motorcycle learners permit is NOT required to take the course, it is advised as a cost saving measure. (The MD motorcycle learner’s permit fee is $30 while the renewal licensing fee without the permit is currently $72.) All Motorcycle Rider Education Classes begin in the GM Room in the Welding/Auto Building.
All courses follow the same schedule:
Friday, 6:00-9:00 PM
Saturday, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Sunday, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Total Course Cost: $279.00 (all fees included)
Fee Discounts or Waivers Do Not Apply