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Basic Rider Course (BRC)

The Basic Rider Course offers the most complete motorcycle training available. Students must complete a pre-course assignment and receive 14.5 hours of integrated instruction: four and a half hours in the classroom and ten hours of practice on a training motorcycle. This course is divided into two phases: Level 1 concentrates on motorcycle familiarization, clutch control, throttle control, riding posture, and the four basic skills: straight-line riding, turning, shifting, and stopping. Level II includes limited-space maneuvers, counter steering, cornering, and swerving. Minnesota law requires motorcyclists under age 18 to pass an approved Rider Skills Training course. While no previous motorcycle riding experience is required, it can be beneficial. Students must be able to ride a bicycle and must possess a valid driver's license or motor vehicle instruction permit. Each student must furnish his or her own protective clothing and DOT-approved helmet.

100% attendance is mandatory.

Basic Rider Course Handbook (PDF)

Note: Riders who have already failed a state and/or MMSC skill test twice are not eligible for the State Skill Test Waiver. All subsequent skill tests for a motorcycle endorsement must be taken at a DVS exam station.

Basic Rider 2 Course (BRC2)

If you're comfortable on your own motorcycle and ready to try something new, the Basic Rider 2 (Skills Practice) Course is for you. Based on findings from motorcycle crash research, the classroom discussion covers perception and hazard awareness, riding strategy, traction, and risk management. Braking, cornering, and swerving techniques are practiced during the on-cycle exercises. We recommend that you have at least one year or 1000 miles riding experience before enrolling in this course. Participants must be at least 16 years old. You must possess a valid driver's license with either a motorcycle endorsement or a motorcycle instruction permit. Riders must be proficient with the basic skills of clutch control, straight-line riding, turning, shifting, and stopping. You must use your own street-legal motorcycle and show current proof of insurance during the first hour of the course. You must wear protective clothing.

Training Locations

East Grand Forks, MN

Northland College
2022 Central Ave NE
East Grand Forks, MN 56721

Thief River Falls, MN

Northland College
1101 Hwy 1 East
Thief River Falls, MN 56701

Bemidji, MN

School District Bus Garage
1901 15th St NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Roseau, MN

MN Hwy Department
1190 Center St
Roseau, MN 56751


$180.00 – Basic Rider Course

$55.00 – Basic Rider 2 Course

Pre-registration with payment is required. Students are accepted into the class on a first come first serve basis, until the class is full.

What to Bring

For the basic class, you’ll need to bring your drivers license or drivers permit, helmet, eye protection, long pants and sleeves, full-fingered gloves, and shoes or boots that cover your ankles. If you’re a Minnesota resident 18 years of age or older and planning to obtain your motorcycle license endorsement, you’ll also need a motorcycle permit.

For the advanced class, you’ll need all of the above plus your own motorcycle, a motorcycle endorsement or permit, and proof of insurance.