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NEW MVA Requirement: Motorcycle Safety Foundation online eCourse component now required. Learn online and be prepared for your safety class. CSM students REGISTERED for a motorcycle course will receive a coupon CODE to register for FREE.  Contact our Motorcycle office at:  motorcycle@csmd.edu to request a code after completing your CSM registration.  Course must be completed 0-30 days ahead of your Motorcycle Safety Course.

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.

  • Instruction is provided by the Motor Vehicle Administration and Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified instructors.
  • The curriculum is approved by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and meets or exceeds the standards set by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

Download the 2017 Student Information Sheet

Students registered for the Basic Rider Course (BRC) and Personalized Basic Rider Course may pick up their course materials in advance at either:

  1. La Plata Campus Building CS 106/107 during regular office hours (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) or
  2. 5825 Radio Station Road, La Plata, MD, 20646 - hours 5:00 - 6:00 PM when classroom is scheduled, normally Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu (see course schedule to ensure class is in session for a particular date)

Map to Motorcycle Range

2017 Training Calendar

Registration for 2017 CSM Motorcycle Safety Classes begin Wednesday February 1, 2017. This calendar is provided for students to begin planning now and have an advance look at motorcycle classes available in 2017.  When registration opens on 2/1/2017, students can enroll early and begin to fill those early season classes.

View the 2017 Training Calendar

TRA-8000 Basic Rider Course - $295

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 rider’s 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.

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TRA-8300 Personalized Basic Rider Course - $350

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 at motorcycle@csmd.edu  or call 301-870-3008 extension 7209.

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TRA-8100 Alternate Basic Rider Course - $295

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:

  • Use the clutch and throttle to get the motorcycle in motion;
  • Stop the motorcycle properly in a designated area;
  • Execute gradual and tight turns;
  • Up and downshift smoothly; and
  • Achieve a speed of at least 25 mph.

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.

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TRA-8200 Basic Rider Course II (Formerly Experienced Rider Course) - $150

Formerly 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 rider’s 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.

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