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|MOTORCYCLE SAFETY FAQ|
Riding a motorcycle requires special skills and concentration. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) offers motorcycle rider training courses for new and experienced riders. The courses teach the participants the special skills and mental strategies necessary for responsible motorcycle operation. Statistics show that more than 90 percent of riders involved in crashes had no formal training, were self-taught or learned from family and friends.
Students registered for the Basic Rider Course (BRC) and Personalized Basic Rider Course are REQUIRED to pick up their course materials in advance at either:
This 17-hour course is designed for the true novice 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 should be able to ride a bicycle to participate in this course.
During the seven hours of classroom time participants 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. Participants receive approximately 10 hours of riding on a training motorcycle practicing clutch-throttle control, stopping, turning, shifting and basic crash avoidance skills. Throughout the course the instructors evaluate and coach each riderís performance. Participants who do not achieve the minimum performance standards will not be allowed to continue in the course.
Course participants get approximately 17 hours of instruction, 7 hours in the classroom, and 10 hours on-cycle.
Exactly the same course as the Basic Rider Course except that the class size is limited to six students. The ratio is 2 instructors to 6 students in the Personalized BRC, versus 2 instructors to a maximum of 12 students in the regular BRC. Some students are more comfortable in a smaller class size environment in which to learn.
If you have a group of 6 or more participants, we may be able to assist you in setting up a course specifically for your group. Contact the Training Center Manager for more information: Mr. Ken Bonek at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (301) 870-3008 extension 7209.
This seven-hour course provides another option for an individual to earn their license without having to take the full 17-hour basic course. It is only for individuals that have some riding experience and are seeking a Class "M" license.
The pre-requisites for this course include the ability to:
During the initial riding activities, each rider's ability to operate a motorcycle will be evaluated by the instructors. Riders who cannot demonstrate minimum riding proficiency will not be allowed to continue and will need to consider enrolling in the Basic Rider Course. Riders who are not allowed to continue will not be eligible for a refund and may have to pay an additional fee to be enrolled in a Basic Rider Course.
All learning activities are conducted at the riding range. There is no formal classroom, however various topics including preparing to ride, road management and advanced riding techniques are discussed during the course.
Formally known as the Experienced Rider Course (ERC) this six-hour course is for the licensed rider who wants to improve or refresh their skills, or who has recently completed the Basic Rider Course and wants additional practice on their personal motorcycle . The class consists of nine riding exercises. Eight of the exercises are borrowed from the Basic Rider Course (BRC) with some minor enhancements for the more experienced rider and one completely new exercise. Students must have a valid Class M motorcycle license and are expected to use their own motorcycle.
During the initial riding activities, each riderís ability to operate a motorcycle will be evaluated by the instructors. Riders that cannot demonstrate minimum riding proficiency will not be allowed to continue and will need to consider enrolling in the Basic Rider Course. Riders who are not allowed to continue will not be eligible for a refund and may have to pay an additional fee to be enrolled in the Basic Rider Course.