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.
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.
- BRC Handbook (2005, version 6, pdf )
- Tip Sheet: Group Riding Tips (pdf)
- Tip Sheet: How Helmets Work (pdf)
- Tip Sheet: Sharing The Road: Tips for Car and Truck Drivers (pdf)
- Tip Sheet: T-CLOCS Pre-Ride Inspection Checklist (pdf)
- Video: MSF: Basic Rider Course Highlights (YouTube)
- Video: MSF: Cars, Motorcyles and Sharing The Road (wmv)
- Video: MSF: Guide To Group Riding (YouTube)
- Video: MSF: Welcome To The Ride (mvw)
- Video: MSF: Welcome To The Ride (YouTube)
- Law: Current Motorycle and Bicycle Helmet Use Law – US
- Law: History of US Helmet Law
- Research: Helmet Use Law and Effectiveness
- Research: NHTSA: Traffic Safety Facts Research Note: Motorcyclists Injured in Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes (1998-2007, pdf)
- Research: Washington State Motorcycle Task Force Recommendations (2006)
- Books: Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well
- Books: More Proficient Motorcycling: Mastering the Ride
- Books: Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques
- Books: Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Roadracers Handbook (Vol 1)
- Books: A Twist of the Wrist 2: The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle Riding
- Publications: Motorcycle Consumer News
- Publications: Motorcycle.com
- Publications: Motorcycles @ About.com
- Publications: Sound Rider (Washington state)
- Other: The Motorcycle Safety Foundation
- Other: MSF Instructor Discounts – list compiled by Marc “Merlin” Mauss, NY