The place where celebrities & corporations come to learn how to ride a motorcycle.
The place where celebrities & corporations come to learn how to ride a motorcycle.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation's (MSF) BRC1 is a group lesson motorcycle safety training course based on a researched curriculum approved and sponsored by the NJ MVC. It is designed for those who;
1. Want to learn how to ride a motorcycle just for the fun of it, to see what it's like.
2. Want to learn how to ride a motorcycle and get a motorcycle license/endorsement.
3. Have some riding experience and want to get a motorcycle license/endorsement.
4. Already have a motorcycle license/endorsement and want a refresher before getting back on a motorcycle.
Since our mission is to help reduce motorcycle crashes in the State of NJ and our priority is the safety of our students, we offer the MSF's preferred version of the BRC1, which is a 2 1/2 -day, 20-hour course that consists of four modules or parts;
Module 1- You begin by first taking a 5-hour (average time) Pre-Course Assignment which is a self-paced interactive asynchronous online module (the MSF eCourse) that familiarizes you with some of the physical and non-physical skills needed to ride a motorcycle safely, which you do on your own, at your own pace. (The eCourse should be completed before Module 3 and must be completed before Module 4). We suggest spending an hour a day on the eCourse until it is completed.
The link for the eCourse, which allows you to take the eCourse for free, is included in the confirmation email/tickets you will receive from Eventbrite (our registration platform) after registering for the course, and it will also be in the reminder email you will receive from The Riding Academy of NJ a few days after you register for the course.
Module 2 - After completing Module 1, you watch a 1-hour pre-recorded Power Point Presentation (Supplemental eCourse) on your own, which explains the motorcycle controls and the four basic physical riding skills in further detail. (The Supplemental eCourse should also be completed before Module 3 and must also be completed before Module 4).
The link for the Supplemental eCourse will be in the email you will receive from The Riding Academy of NJ four days before the class begins. (This email will be sent again 1 day before the start of the class and twice the day of the class).
Module 3 - After completing Modules 1 and 2, you attend a 4-hour live remote/virtual classroom session on a Tuesday night which covers a variety of crash-avoidance techniques and concepts with other students taking the course so you can meet who they are, find out a little bit about them and meet your instructors before attending the riding sessions (Module 4).THIS CLASSROOM SESSION IS ONLINE done at your location (your home, your office, etc.).
The link for the live remote/virtual classroom session will also be in the email you will receive from The Riding Academy of NJ four days before the class begins. Also included in this email will be the link to the Supplemental eCourse and the link to download all the forms needed for the remote/virtual classroom session. (This email will be sent again 1 day before the start of the Tuesday night 4-hour live remote/virtual classroom session and twice the day of the Tuesday night 4-hour live remote/virtual classroom session).
The live/remote classroom session starts Tuesday night promptly at 6:00 PM and goes to approximately 10:00 PM.
Module 4 - After completing Modules 1, 2 and 3, you take approximately 10 hours of practice riding (5 hours per day for two consecutive days) in a large, enclosed parking lot with other students taking the course on our training motorcycles. (12 is the maximum class size).
You get hands-on training with two NJ MVC & MSF certified motorcycle safety instructors. The riding portion of the curriculum consists of 14 riding exercises designed to help you develop and acquire the basic physical riding skills, and the critical crash-avoidance riding skills. Each riding exercise has an objective - to develop a physical and/or non-physical riding skill, and each exercise builds upon the previous one. There is a certain amount of time allotted to meet the objective of each exercise. If students meet the objective of an exercise sooner, we move on to the next exercise. Some riding exercises are ridden as a group. Some are ridden individually. The total miles ridden after completing all the riding exercises is approximately 20 miles.
You must take both riding sessions in their entirety, in sequence. You can't miss a riding exercise. The riding sessions must also be taken on the two consecutive days of the class. You can't do one riding session on one day of the class and the other riding session on another day of another class unless you pay the full course price for both classes. If you miss the first riding exercise of a session, you can't ride the remaining exercises. If you miss or sit out an exercise, for whatever reason, you can't continue with the remaining exercises. See "Refunds" under the "Policies" page on this website for your options if you are late for a session, miss an exercise or can't ride an exercise.
There are 10 minute breaks after every 2 or 3 riding exercises.
The practice riding exercises are held in Montclair State University's parking Lot 60 located at 35 Clove Rd in Little Falls.
We usually conduct two classes per week - an AM class and a PM class.
The practice riding exercises for the AM class normally run on Saturday from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM, and finish up on Sunday from 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM.
The practice riding exercises for the PM class normally run on Saturday from 12:30 PM to 7:00 PM, and finish up on Sunday from 12:30 PM to 7:00 PM.
Classes are held rain or shine. If rain is in the forecast, bring rain gear (rain jacket, rain pants, waterproof shoes, waterproof gloves or latex gloves to wear under your gloves) to keep you dry.
The Basic RiderCourse (BRC1) is a NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) -approved curriculum for entry-level motorcycle riders.
THE KNOWLEDGE TEST & SKILL TEST ARE INCLUDED IN THE COURSE
The course also contains a Knowledge Test (30 multiple choice questions, which is different than the NJ MVC motorcycle written test) and the NJ MVC Motorcycle Road Test.
The Knowledge Test is given before taking the practice riding sessions (Module 4) and is based on the information contained in Modules 1, 2 and 3. The Road Test, or Skill Test, is given after all the practice riding exercises have been completed. If you pass both the Knowledge Test and the Skill Test, the NJ MVC allows us to give you paperwork that waives the NJ MVC motorcycle written permit test and the NJ MVC motorcycle road test. (THIS PAPERWORK IS NOT A MOTORCYCLE PERMIT). This paperwork is just a License Waiver.
So you can get your motorcycle license/ endorsement with us in 20 hours without having to go to the NJ MVC to get a motorcycle permit, without having to take the NJ MVC motorcycle written test, and without having to go to the NJ MVC to take the NJ MVC road test. You do it all with us. It's that simple.(You only have to go to the NJ MVC after successfully completing the course to get the motorcycle endorsement put on your NJ Driver License). You don't even need to have your own motorcycle to get your motorcycle license/endorsement. We provide the training motorcycles. (See below to find out which motorcycles we use for the training).
NO NEED TO GET A MOTORCYCLE PERMIT ANYMORE
As stated in the previous paragraph, you do not need a motorcycle permit to attend this course as long as you have a valid Driver License. (You can attend this course if you already have a NJ motorcycle permit). You do not qualify for the NJ MVC motorcycle license waiver unless you have a valid NJ Driver License. (If you do not have a valid Driver License, you will need a valid & current NJ motorcycle permit to attend the course. However, you will not qualify for the motorcycle license waiver unless you also have a NJ Driver License. If you only have a valid & current NJ motorcycle permit and no NJ Driver License, you will have to take the NJ MVC motorcycle road test at the NJ MVC after completing the course). YOU NEED A NJ DRIVER LICENSE TO QUALIFY FOR THE LICENSE WAIVER.
If you have an out-of-State Driver License or an International Driver License, you will not qualify for the motorcycle license waiver unless your State reciprocates the MSF BRC1 completion card or you move to NJ within 180 days after completing the BRC1 and get a NJ Driver License. (If you have an out-of-State Driver License, check with your State DMV to see if they will accept the MSF BRC1 completion card if you successfully complete the MSF BRC1 in another State. Some States will and some States won't. NY doesn't accept the MSF BRC1 completion card).
THE BRC1 IS MANDATORY IF YOU ARE UNDER AGE 18
If you are under 18, you are now required by NJ law to take the BRC1 if you want to get a NJ motorcycle license/endorsement. Everything in the previous paragraph applies - you need to have a NJ Driver License. In addition, since you are a minor, you will need written parental/guardian permission before taking the practice riding exercises (Module 4) of the course.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE MSF eCOURSE (Module 1)
As stated above, the MSF eCourse is the first part of the course. If you have an issue with the eCourse, email the Motorcycle Safety Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at (949) 727-3227 x3158 Monday thru Friday between 8:00am - 4:30pm Pacific Time. Tell them your name and the username/email address that you are using to log in to the eCourse.
You will learn;
and much, much more. You'll learn things that your friends, relatives and YouTube don't and can't teach you.
For Modules 1, 2 and 3, you need a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone and an email address.
For the Tuesday night 4-hour live remote/virtual classroom session (Module 3), you will also need the following;
For the practice riding exercises (Module 4), you will need the following;
We provide the training motorcycles for the practice riding exercises (Module 4) unless you want to use your own 2-wheel motorcycle or scooter that is registered & insured. If you ride your own motorcycle or scooter to MSU for the riding sessions, you must have a valid & current NJ motorcycle permit or a motorcycle license/endorsement.
Our fleet of training motorcycles consists of several fuel injected motorcycles; the 125cc Honda Monkey, the 125cc Honda Grom, the 125cc Kawasaki Pro, the 125cc CMT Moto Popio, the 250cc Suzuki Van Van, the 250cc Yamaha XT, the 310cc BMW. We also have the 250cc Suzuki GZ carburetor motorcycle. These are considered to be the best motorcycles for novice training purposes. We also have a 125cc automatic Honda Navi if you want to get a motorcycle license to ride a scooter. Riding a scooter in NJ requires a motorcycle license/endorsement. (See paragraph below for more details about scooters).
If you use your own scooter, or our Honda Navi, or your own 2-wheel electric motorcycle for the course and Skill Test, your motorcycle endorsement from the NJ MVC will include a 500cc restriction (restriction 5), which means you will not be able to ride a motorcycle that is larger than 500cc on public roads. There will be no cc restriction on your motorcycle license/endorsement if you use one of our clutch training motorcycles.
HEIGHT REQUIREMENT FOR USING OUR CLUTCH TRAINING MOTORCYCLES
Unless you have prior motorcycle riding experience, you must be able to place both of your feet on the ground when sitting on our clutch training motorcycles. You should be at least 5 feet tall or have a 28 inch inseam. If you want, you can stop by our training location on the weekend during a training session and sit on one of our clutch training motorcycles before registering for one of our BRC1 classes. If you cannot place both of your feet on the ground, you will not be allowed to ride the practice riding exercises of the course (Module 4) for safety reasons. (We have a height measurement chart on site).
YOU MUST BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WELL IN ENGLISH IN ORDER TO ATTEND THIS COURSE
It is critical, for safety reasons, that you are able to understand the instructions given by our instructors and they are able to understand you. If you don't understand and speak English well, you must have someone with you during the Tuesday night 4-hour live remote/virtual classroom session (Module 3) and the practice riding exercises of the course (Module 4) to translate for you. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to ride the practice riding exercises of the course (Module 4).
Our price for the BRC1 is $355.
Certain Discounts/Rebates Are Available. (We are the only motorcycle safety training school in NJ that offers discounts/rebates).
1) MSU Rebate - If you are a current full-time undergraduate student, faculty member or Staff member at Montclair State University, you will receive a $100 rebate after completing the course. Show your MSU ID card on the first riding day of the class to receive the rebate. The rebate will be refunded on your credit card after completing the course. Before we issue the rebate, we submit the name of the student requesting the rebate to MSU and they let us know if the student is enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student.
2) College Rebate - If you are a current full-time undergraduate college student, you will receive a $75 rebate after completing the course. Show your college ID card on the first riding day of the class to receive the rebate. The rebate will be refunded on your credit card after completing the course.
3) First Responder & Military Rebate - If you are active military, an active state, county or local police officer, an active firefighter, or an active EMT, you will receive a 10% rebate after completing the course. We appreciate our first responders and those in the military who put their lives on the line to protect others. Show your first responder ID card, or military ID card on the first riding day of the class to receive the rebate. The rebate will be refunded on your credit card after completing the course.
4) Family Rebate - If you attend the class on the same dates with an immediate family member (husband, wife, parent, child, brother, sister), you will receive a 20% rebate for each family member after completing the course. The rebate will be refunded on your credit card after completing the course.
5) Repeat Rebate - If you successfully completed the BRC1 and you want or need to repeat it, for whatever reason, you will receive a $100 rebate after completing the course. Show your MSF BRC1 completion card on the first riding day of the class to receive the rebate. The rebate will be refunded on your credit card after completing the course.
6) Military Personnel who have taken the course on base in another State or country - If you took the course on a military base in another State or country, you will have to take the course again in NJ to get the NJ MVC motorcycle license waiver. If you take the course again with us, we will give you a $100 rebate. Just show us your MSF completion card on the first day of the riding sessions. The rebate will be refunded on your credit card after completing the course..
Only one rebate can be applied. Rebates cannot be combined or mixed. Rebates can only be made to your original payment method. Rebates do not apply to Gift Certificates.
Click here to go to our Course Schedule page and select the class you want to attend. We accept all major credit cards & PayPal. Courses are offered on weekends from mid-March to the end of October. Click here to READ OUR REFUND POLICY BEFORE YOU SIGN-UP FOR A CLASS SO YOU KNOW YOUR OPTIONS ABOUT REFUNDS, SWITCHING CLASSES, NOT BEING ABLE TO ATTEND A CLASS YOU SIGNED-UP FOR, DROPPING OUT OF A CLASS, ARRIVING LATE FOR A CLASS, BEING DISMISSED FROM A CLASS.
Because of our reputation, there is an extremely high demand for our classes. Our classes sell out very quickly. We sell out our classes before any other motorcycle safety training school in the State. If a class is sold out, you can get on the Waiting List for that class. Just go through the process of registering for the class, even though it is sold out. It will tell you there are no seats left and ask you if you want to join the Waitlist. Join the Waitlist. You will get an email confirmation from Eventbrite (our registration platform) that you are on the Waitlist for that class. If we get a cancellation for that class, an email is automatically sent from Eventbrite to the first person on the Waitlist. That person has 24 hours/one day to register for the class. If the person doesn't register for the class after the 24 hours/one day, another email is automatically sent from Eventbrite to the next person on the Waitlist. You can sign-up to be on the Waitlist for several classes. There is no Waitlist for future classes. There are only Waitlists for the Sold Out classes posted on the Course Schedule page of our website.
Many of our students have never driven a clutch vehicle before. Some don't even know what a clutch is. Almost all motorcycles these days have a clutch. You need the clutch to take off, stop and shift gears. If you have no clutch experience, or had a bad experience using a clutch, you may want to take the Introductory Motorcycle Experience (IME) Clutch Practice Session before taking the BRC1 and get some practice using the clutch and throttle. Click here for more information about the IME.
If you successfully complete the course (pass the Knowledge Test and the Skill Test), we will give you 2 cards - a NJ MVC motorcycle license waiver card and an MSF course completion card. Take these two cards to the NJ MVC location you have an appointment with. (The NJ MVC no longer allows walk-ins). The NJ MVC will put an M (motorcycle) endorsement on the front and back of your NJ Driver License in the Endorsement section.
The NJ MVC motorcycle license waiver card is valid for 180 days (6 months). The NJ MVC motorcycle license waiver card expires 180 days after it has been issued. We cannot reissue another NJ MVC motorcycle license waiver card if the prior card has expired. You will have to take the course again to get new NJ MVC motorcycle license waiver card. No exceptions.
Make sure you get the MSF course completion card back from the NJ MVC. Some insurance companies will give you a discount for taking the course. Some motorcycle dealerships and motorcycle stores will give you a discount if you show them your MSF course completion card. You will also get a discount on some of our other courses if you show us your MSF course completion card the day of the riding session. (You may want to laminate the card).
When you go to the NJ MVC to get your motorcycle endorsement, you will have to bring 6 points of identification, take the NJ MVC eye test, and pay for a new Driver License based on the pro rata expiration date of your current Driver License.
You are not legally licensed to ride a motorcycle on public roads in NJ unless you have a valid and current NJ motorcycle permit (riding is restricted and limited to riding only in NJ), or have an M endorsement on your Driver License, or have a Motorcycle License.
SETTING AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE NJ MVC
Click here to make an appointment. Select "Driver's License" then select "Initial Permit (Before Knowledge Test)".
NJ MVC TIP - We suggest making an appointment today for a date shortly after competing the course.
REPLACEMENT FEE FOR LOST CARDS
If you misplace or lose the cards we issued you, there is a $25 replacement fee per card.
What is the difference between a motorcycle license and a motorcycle endorsement?
A motorcycle license is a separate license issued if you don't have a NJ Driver License. A motorcycle endorsement is an endorsement added to your NJ Driver License that allows you to legally ride a motorcycle. An M is added to the Endorsement section on your NJ Driver License if you have a motorcycle endorsement.
If you want to order a Gift Certificate for the BRC1 for someone, click here.
"Your online classroom session is unique. No other motorcycle school in NJ covers the crash avoidance techniques you do. Excellent information for anyone who rides a motorcycle".....Mario Santenello
"I was reluctant to take the course because my friends were teaching me how to ride. Boy, am I glad I did. I had a close call and the techniques I learned in the course helped me avoid disaster" ...... Ulysses Infante
"I took the basic course at two other places in Northern NJ. They both told me to leave because I wasn't getting it. Plus, the instructors yelled and screamed all the time. I was determined to get my license. The third time was the charm. John and Super Dave were great and gave me tips all the other instructors didn't. I should have come to your school first. And yes, you guys are the best in NJ".....Patrice Youmans
"I came to your school because you were highly recommended. I knew nothing about riding a motorcycle. After completing the course, I fell in love with riding. I ride every weekend, even during the winter, all over the State. You guys are phenomenal"......Milos Stanlovic
"I already knew how to ride (or at least I thought I did) before taking the course. I just wanted to take the course to get my license. Wow! I learned what I was doing wrong and learned things that I would have never learned anywhere else. Excellent course! It should be mandatory for all who want to get a motorcycle license"........Tony Zitto
"I took the course on my scooter. The information taught in the course is very valuable no matter what type of motorcycle you ride. And yes, a scooter is considered a motorcycle"........Pamela Lee Dumaris
If you would like to donate to our cause (to help reduce motorcycle accidents in the State of NJ & help us pay for our operating expenses), click here.
BRC1 STUDENT HANDBOOK
If you want a copy of the MSF Basic RiderCourse Student Handbook (which contains everything in the MSF eCourse), it is available through Kindle. Click here to get a copy of the Handbook.
Our mission is to help reduce motorcycle crashes in the State of NJ.
Our goal is to help our students become safe, smart, responsible motorcycle riders.
Our vision is motorcycles sharing the road with other roadway users with zero crashes.
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We are a NJ MVC motorcycle safety training school located at Montclair State University. Our class schedule is posted on the Course Schedule page of this website. We usually post classes two months in advance. We offer classes from mid-March to the end of October.
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