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What is the Motorcycle Rider Course?

The motorcycle rider course, known as the Basic Rider Course (BRC), is a complete, hands-on course of instruction for motorcycle street riders ages 15 and 1/2 years old and up. The course assumes no prior knowledge of motorcycling. The only prerequisite for the BRC class is that a student be comfortable with balancing on two wheels - (i.e. the student can ride a bicycle prior to attempting this class).

What will I learn?

This 15-hour course begins with an overview of the course, a review of the types of motorcycles, and instruction in motorcycle control and protective gear. The riding portion of the program covers these riding skills:

  • Straight-line riding
  • Turning, shifting and braking
  • Street riding strategies
  • Hazard avoidance
  • Advanced turning
  • Maximum braking
  • Handling special riding situations

Can I use my own equipment?

MotorcycleAll students will be supplied with a training motorcycle, a DOT - approved 3/4 helmet and classroom training materials. Students are encouraged to use their own DOT-approved 3/4 or full-faced helmet if they have one. All students must use the motorcycles provided.

What type of motorcycles are used in the BRC training program?

MotorcycleThe bikes used in the BRC program are generally 125cc or 250cc street style motorcycles. (See photos below) They weigh approximately 200-250 lbs and seat heights range from 24 to 27 inches (depending on the model selected). Rider coaches will match riders to the size bike that best fits their needs.

What do I need to bring?

You must wear protective gear. This includes the following:

  • Helmet - 3/4 helmet or full face helmet
  • Eye protection
  • Sturdy over-the-ankle footwear (not cloth or canvas)
  • Long sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Long, non-flair denim pants or equally durable material
  • Full fingered gloves, preferably leather

For all classes, but especially in the summer classes, be sure to drink plenty of water the entire week prior to class so that you will be sufficiently hydrated.

If I take this class, do I have to take the DMV licensing exam?

Successful completion of this course exempts the student from the riding portion and written test of Virginia's DMV and may entitle the student to a reduced rate on motorcycle insurance.

Who is eligible for the Basic Rider Course?

Students must be at least 15 1/2 years of age and have successfully completed the classroom portion of a basic drive education course. Other enrollment requirements include:

  • Parental permission (if under age 18)
  • Ability to balance on two wheels as in riding a bicycle
  • Completion of a risk/liability waiver (provided at the first session)

How long are the classes, and when are the classes offered?

Students only take 15 hours of instruction during the hours below. There are two sessions as follows. Sessions are formed at the time of registration.

  • *AM Session
    • Saturday - 6:45am to 4:30pm
    • Sunday - 6:45am to 1:30pm
  • PM Session
    • Saturday - 7:30am to 5:00pm
    • Sunday - 12:00pm to 5:30pm

Important Information!

Students must attend all 15 hours, and students must be on time. No-shows and late arrivals will forfeit their place in class and all tuition.

The *AM session begins at 6:45am sharp; if you are running late, there will be no one in the office to take your call. In order to receive a refund for a cancellation, GCC must be notified at least two weeks prior to your scheduled class. There will be no refunds for students who simply do not show up for class.

What happens if it rains?

Class will run rain or shine, please be prepared with appropriate clothing, etc.

How much is the tuition?

Tuition for the Basic Rider Course is $115 plus a $10 administration fee.

The classes fill quickly. Can I get on a waiting list?

Classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis. There is no waiting list. Cancellations will be filled with the next available student.

Who else offers BRC classes?

BRC courses are offered throughout the state; for more information go to http://www.learn2ride.com.

How do I register for BRC?

Simply call us and register over the phone if you are paying with a credit card.

Or you may fax a registration form to us at (540) 891-3082. Please call (540) 937-2913 to confirm that your fax was received.

Or you may mail the completed registration form along with a check to:

Fredericksburg Area Campus

10000 Germanna Point Drive

Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408

Phone#: 540-891-3012

Fax#: 540-891-3082

*Note: The date you request on the registration form may not be available when the registration is received, so please call to confirm.*

Where are the classes held?

Locust Grove Campus

2130 Germanna Highway

Locust Grove, VA 22508