The Basic RiderCourse

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation BRC


Learn To Ride!  

Our course covers the basics of operating a motorcycle and safety-oriented mental strategies. Here are the highlights:

  • Course tuition is $295.
  • You do not need to have a motorcycle permit before taking the Basic Rider Course; just a valid driver's license or driver's permit. 
  • The course includes a 3-hour online eCourse, 5 hours of formal classroom activities, and 10 hours of riding.
  • The course is held over 2 days and each day starts promptly at 8:30am.
  • More course information below.

Bonus Videos - "How to Pass"

Motorcycle classes and tests can be stressful. Take some of that stress and uncertainty out of the mix with these online preparation videos. Clutch Motorcycle School has made special arrangements to provide this to you at no charge. It's all part of the service here at Clutch Motorcycle School!


"I took the two day intro (Basic RiderCourse) class and I had the time of my life. The instructors, besides being badass motorcycle types, are deeply empathetic and understanding -- the type of people that you want as teachers. I really can't say enough about Clutch. Posting this today because I bought a motorcycle yesterday and took it for a spin today -- couldn't help but reflect on the education that I received at Clutch which has enabled all this. Thanks guys!!!!"

~Dennis - Proud Graduate of Clutch Motorcycle School

The 14 Riding Exercises in the Course

  1. Motorcycle Familiarization
    • Review T-CLOCS pre-ride inspection
    • Identify location and operation of important controls and major parts
    • Review mounting/dismounting procedures
    • Review elements of good posture
  2. Using the Friction Zone
    • Become skilled in using the clutch friction zone for control
  3. Starting & Stopping Drill
    • Coordinate the friction zone, throttle, and brakes to control the motorcycle
    • Start out and stop with precision and control
  4. Shifting & Stopping
    • Shift gears and stop smoothly
  5. Basic Skill Practice
    • Refine low-speed maneuvering skills
    • Refine throttle use and brake manipulation for corners
  6. Pressing to Initiate and Adjust Lean
    • Understand the maneuvering elements needed for negotiating curves
    • Experience the effects of handgrip pressure and handlebar movement to initiate and adjust lean
  7. Stopping More Quickly & Tight Turns from a Stop
    • Develop a feel for progressive braking pressure to stop more quickly without skidding
    • Practice making a sharp turn from a stop
  8. Stopping Distance Demonstration
    • Observe a demonstration of the reaction/braking parts of total stopping distance
    • To understand effects of speed on braking distance
    • To relate the results to intersection strategies
  9. Limited-Space Maneuvers
    • Refine maneuvering skills to allow turns in limited spaces
    • Learn the counterweighting technique
  10. Stopping in a Curve
    • Learn to maintain control while stopping in a curve
    • Understand traction management
  11. Curve Judgment
    • Improve skills for negotiating multiple curves
    • Understand the "search-setup-smooth" strategy
  12. Multiple Curves & Lane Changes
    • Practice negotiating curves and lane changes
    • Understand safety margins and gap selection
  13. Crossing an Obstacle & Swerving
    • Learn techniques for crossing over obstacles
    • Execute a basic swerve
    • Practice turning from a stop
    • Refine slow-speed weaves
  14. Skill Practice
    • Capstone exercise that combines a variety of maneuvers
  15. Skill Test
    • To assess basic skills using a cone weave, normal stop, turning from a stop, U-turn, quick stop, obstacle swerve, and cornering maneuver.
    • To demonstrate basic motorcycle control skills and ability to avoid an obstacle
    • To demonstrate ability to use the proper technique to negotiate a curve


What You Need to Know

  • Pre-requisites:
    • Able to balance and ride a bicycle
    • Possess either a driver's license or motorcycle learner's permit
  • What to Expect
    • 15-hours of instruction (5 hours classroom/10 hours riding)
    • Range exercises include low-speed maneuvers and basic skills such as shifting, accelerating, braking, cornering, U-turns, and lane changes
    • You’ll be with the same group for the duration of your training
    • You’ll receive individual RiderCoach feedback while learning to ride
    • Motorcycle and helmet are provided
    • Types and/or models of motorcycles available vary by site. Your RiderCoach will help you with which training bike is best for you based on your height, weight or preferred riding style
  • What to bring
    • Food/beverages for breaks and lunch
    • Your own riding gear if you prefer
    • Pen/pencil for classroom sessions
  • What you MUST wear in order to ride:
    • Long-sleeve shirt or jacket (no rips, or holes)
    • Jeans (no rips, no holes)
    • Over-the-ankle boots or shoes (sturdy, not canvas)
    • Eye protection/sunglasses
    • Full-finger gloves, leather preferred 
    • Full-face helmet (provided by Clutch Motorcycle School) 

The course concludes with a classroom knowledge test and hands-on riding skill evaluation. 

There are benefits to taking a RiderCourse besides learning important skills and strategies: You don't have to get a permit through the DMV before taking a course and since you take both the written test and the riding evaluation with us, you won't need to take anymore tests with the DMV. In addition, your insurance company might provide a discount on your insurance. Be sure to ask your agent.


Find additional frequently asked questions in our FAQ section.