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Basic Rider Course (BRC):
The Basic Rider Course is an 18-hour course (3 hour eCourse, 5 hours classroom, and 10 hours range) designed for those who have little or no riding experience, or haven't ridden in a long time. It includes distance learning, classroom and riding instruction on the basic riding skills and strategies necessary for an individual to begin and / or to practice street riding. Motorcycles are provided; and you must wear appropriate range gear / attire.
What is new about this course is the addition of a three hour online eCourse. The eCourse can be done in the comfort of our own home on your computer, tablet and at your own pace prior to the start of the Basic Rider Course. There is no addition charge for the eCourse as it is included in the cost of registration. The eCourse will prepare you for your first riding experience and covers topics like basic operation, preparing to ride and some more advanced topics like risk and riding, and basic street strategies. One week prior to the class you will be sent a unique passcode and instructions on how to access the online eCourse. Prior to you first riding session you must send a copy of your eCourse Completion Certificate to the Training Center Manager.
There are approximately 5 hours of formal classroom instruction that covers rider perception and decision making. A variety of inter-active activities are used to help explain and illustrate important concepts. There are 10 hours of riding instruction on a training motorcycle practicing clutch-throttle control, stopping, turning, shifting, and basic crash avoidance skills. However, there is more emphasis placed on decision making and cornering skills.
To successfully complete the course, riders must pass both a knowledge and skill evaluation administered at the end of the course. Riders who pass will receive a Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Card. Those with a Maryland license will need to have the Maryland MVA issue a new license.
Alternate Basic Rider Course (ABRC)
The Alternate Basic Rider Course is only for individuals who are accomplished riders with recent riding experience who are seeking a Class "M" license. If you have any doubt about which class to take, you should take the Basic Rider Course (BRC). All learning activities for this course are conducted on the riding range. You must be properly dressed, with appropriate safety gear to participate in the class. For more information on the ABRC see the MVA course description at http://www.mva.maryland.gov/safety/motorcycle/training/alternate-basic-rider.htm You may also wish to review the course curriculum provided by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
Experienced Rider Course(BRC2)
The Experiences Rider Course BRC2 is for those who already have a Class "M" license and want to improve or refresh your skills. You will be expected to ride your own bike, and provide proof of insurance and registration. You must be properly dressed, with appropriate safety gear to participate in the class. For more information on the BRC 2 see the MVA course description at http://www.mva.maryland.gov/safety/motorcycle/training/basic-rider2.htm You may also wish to review the course curriculum provided by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
Still Have Questions?
For motorcycle-specific information, such as information about class content, or to see which class is the right one for you, contact the training center manager at Motorcycle@montgomerycollege.edu or the motorcycle hotline at 240-567-1864 for more information.