Beginning Rider

Be Visible. Ride Defensively. Ride Safe to Ride Again


Motorcycle Safety Foundation

Basic RiderCourse (BRC) 

In the Basic RiderCourse you will learn: 

  • To have more fun by riding your motorcycle safely
  • The basics: what to wear, how to start and stop your motorcycle, and motorcycle controls
  • Street strategies to avoid trouble and stay safe
  • How to maneuver your motorcycle in tough situations 

The Basic RiderCourse is a 15-hour program, which provides classroom and actual motorcycle operator training in a controlled, off-street environment. 

No experience is necessary and motorcycles are furnished; a good sense of balance is required (you must be able to ride a bicycle).  The minimum age permitted to take this course is 15.

For further information on what is covered in the BRC please refer the MSF BRC Rider Handbook.

New for 2015, specially designed high-visibility vests will be given to motorcycle riders who successfully complete a public-sponsored rider training class this year as part of a pilot project to dramatically increase the number of motorcyclists using high-visibility clothing or gear.  While supplies last, for the 2018 training season.


Reciprocity for Out-of-State Motorcycle Rider Training Courses - for riders applying for their Michigan motorcycle endorsement (CY) that have completed their training course outside the State of Michigan.


3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse (3WBRC)

3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse (3WBRC) is the best place for motorcyclists to learn about riding a three-wheel motorcycle. The course includes four hours of classroom activities and up to eight hours of on-cycle riding exercises. A written knowledge test and a skills test are required to pass the course. Successful completion will allow students to waive the Secretary of State skills test and may qualify them for an insurance discount. Students must provide their own three-wheel motorcycle and proof of insurance. The motorcycle must be properly titled and registered, display a valid license plate and pass a safety inspection.

For further information on what is covered in the 3WBRC please refer the MSF 3WBRC Rider Handbook.

Please contact your local sponsor for 3WBRC training class availability information.