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Motorcycle Safety (aka MSF) In Washington State

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course (BRC) instructs riders about the basic skills — mental and physical — needed to safely ride a motorcycle.This is accomplished through a combination of classroom and on-bike training.

In Washington State, the BRC has also been called the Novice Rider Course. Although designed for the beginning rider, veteran riders can benefit as well; it consists of approximately six hours in classroom and nine hours on-bike. Successful completion of both a knowledge and skills test provides the student with a waiver of the Washington state DOL written and riding tests. The BRC curriculum and audio-visuals were updated in 2014.

A one-day course (July 2009, BRC2 aka IRT, Intermediate Rider Course) targets skilled riders who need a refresher course or who wish to obtain a motorcycle endorsement. It is not designed for the beginning rider. It is an intense, one day class consisting of approximately 3.5 hours in classroom and 4.5 hours on-bike. Successful completion of both a knowledge and skills test provides the student with a waiver of the Washington state DOL written and riding tests.

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Getting in a class

I teach for Evergreen Safety Council and Washington Motorcycle Safety Training. Check web sites for class availability, which includes all-women classes and scooter classes. If you can’t get into a class as quickly as you’d like, talk to the office about alternative procedures.

There are other vendors in the state. See this Washington State DOL list of motorcycle safety training vendors. There are also classes for sidecars and trikes. And dirt!

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