Whether you are out joy riding alone or with a loved one; proper motorcycle training will keep you and others who share the road safe and on time! We offer high-quality professional training and education. Our instructors are certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and dedicated to building and improving your riding skills.
Basic Rider Course
The MSF Basic eCourse is a highly interactive 3-hour online program that provides riders of all skill levels with the basics of motorcycling. The eCourse is a requirement that prepares you for the 4.5-hours of activity-based classroom exercises, and the 10-hours of hands-on riding exercises. On the riding range, your MSF-certified RiderCoach will guide you through the basic skills of straight-line riding, stopping, shifting, and turning, gradually progressing to swerving and emergency braking. Motorcycles are provided for all the students enrolled in the Basic Rider Course. If you are an automatic scooter rider, you can bring your own scooter with proof of insurance if it’s 500cc or less, 400 pounds or less, in good working order and registered as a motorcycle.
**You MUST complete the Motorcycle Safety Foundation e-course ahead of the course in order to participate. This e-course takes approximately 3.0 hours to complete.
**Students must bring a copy or photo on phone of the e-course completion certificate to the Basic Rider Course.
Full Course Eligibility
Be able to ride a bicycle.
You must be at least 15 years old by the first day of the course.
If you are younger than 18, you are required to have a valid vehicle driver's permit or license. If you pass the course, you will receive course completion cards to allow you to take the motorcycle permit and skills test at a state exam station.
If you are 18 years of age or older, you must have a valid motorcycle permit. You must bring the permit with you to class every day, including the day of the skills test. Information on how to obtain a permit can be found at motorcyclesafety.org. Expired permits are accepted if they have been expired for less than one year. NOTE: Riders who have already failed a state and/or MMSC skills test twice are not eligible for the state skills test waiver and must skill test at a DVS exam station.
Parent/guardian signature is required for participants under 18 years of age.
If you are a MN resident, are over 18, and intend to earn your motorcycle endorsement while taking this course, you MUST OBTAIN A MOTORCYCLE INSTRUCTION PERMIT BEFORE YOUR COURSE BEGINS.
You must attend the entire course. If you are late, you will be dismissed and forfeit your registration fee.
You must be able to ride and balance a bicycle.
You must be able to safely control the motorcycle during every exercise. The instructor may dismiss you from the course if, at any time, they feel you are a danger to your own safety or the safety of other students.
You are responsible for your own safety and learning. Discuss all questions or concerns with your instructors. Notify them immediately of any hazards that you become aware of during the course. If at any time during the course you experience fatigue, dizziness, disorientation, excessive physical or mental stress, or continued difficulty performing any exercise, stop immediately and notify your instructor.
Classroom and training site requirements:
**Students must provide their own protective gear:
DOT approved helmet
Eye protection (sun glasses, eye glasses, or if your helmet has a full-face shield that will work)
Also, Rain gear is highly recommended. Class will be held rain or shine.
Bring your own snacks and beverages. There will be breaks during the course. Bring beverages to stay hydrated and snacks to keep your energy up. There is no food or beverage available at the training site.
Protective riding gear
Special riding situations
Early riding exercises teach basic skills
Clutch and throttle control
Later exercises teach advanced skills
U-turns and counter-weighting
**MMSC provides training motorcycles in the BRC. Riders may ride their own motorcycle or scooter, 51–500cc, in the course. Motorcycles must be street legal, licensed and pass a basic equipment inspection. Riders also must have proof of insurance.
Location: Pine Technical & Community College Hours: 14.5 Price: $245
Intermediate Rider Course
If you are comfortable on your own motorcycle or scooter, the 5-hour Intermediate Rider Course will build upon your existing skills and knowledge. Newer motorcyclists, returning riders and experienced motorcyclists can all benefit from this course. The Intermediate Rider Course covers control, finesse, counter steering, corning, swerving and braking. Make the Intermediate Rider Course an annual tune up for your riding skills. Groups or clubs may purchase an entire Intermediate Rider Course for only $300. Passengers may participate for free.
Riding Skills Practiced
There are no tests in this course.
Passengers may participate at no charge. Private courses are available to dealers, clubs and other riding groups at 50 percent off the regular tuition costs.
Location: Pine Technical & Community College Hours: 5 Price: $55
The Motorcycle Road Guard Certificate course will train participants how to legally stop and control traffic for motorcycle group rides. Certified road guards will be able to stop traffic to allow group rides to pass through intersections and give traffic the all clear when it is safe to proceed.
The course is 3 hours and includes classroom time and practical training at a live intersection near the training site.
Class Dates & Times:
June 19, 2021 9am – 12pm
August 14, 2021 9am – 12pm
Requirements Prior to Receiving Certification
Driving record review.
In order to participate in this training, a Motorcycle Road Guard Certificate application must be completed and sent to Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS). The applicationmust be received three weeks beforethe training session the applicant wants to attend. The application allows DVS to review applicants' driving records. Applicants will receive a response letter from DVS telling them if they are approved or not approved to attend training. Applicantsmust bring the letter to trainingin order to participate.
No more than two petty misdemeanor convictions for any Minnesota moving violation, or equivalent violation from another state, for 24 months preceding date of application.
No impaired driving incident for five years preceding date of application.
No convictions under Minnesota Statutes, sections 169.13, 609.21, or equivalent violations from another state.
Must be able to hear and speak well enough to conduct a normal conversation at a distance of five feet, as well as meet the vision requirements to obtain a class D license.
Participants are required to bring a completed waiver form to participate in this course.
Road equipment, including a stop/slow paddle, ANSI reflective vests and two-way radios, will be provided for the training
Motorcycle Groups: Training can be delivered to groups if their training location is located more than 75 miles from the regional training site for a $250.00 fee. Training must be done during daylight hours at a location that will accommodate the classroom training portion. Groups must supply a classroom space, a computer with Microsoft PowerPoint and a projector. The group must also make arrangements with their local law enforcement and a traffic engineer for a training intersection (that conforms to the Field Guide standards) in their area.