Basic Rider Training
- For new riders or those looking for a basic refresher.
- Teaches fundamental riding skills and strategies to help reduce risk.
- About 16 hours of training with 2 and 3 day schedules available.
- Includes the use of a school motorcycle (or scooter by request).
- Includes state required written and riding skills tests.
- Training locations in Tacoma, Steilacoom and Olympia.
- Costs as low as $125 for WA residents and active duty military.
- US DOT compliant helmet (small supply is available)
- Eye protection (glasses, goggles or face shield)
- Long sleeve shirt or jacket
- Long pants
- Full-fingered riding gloves
- Sturdy, over-the-ankle footwear offering adequate ankle protection (work boots, hiking boots, military boots, etc.)
- Canvas high-tops or slip-on boots with elastic or stretchy material over the ankle is not considered sturdy and will not be allowed
- Prepare for the weather (rain gear, sunglasses, snacks & drinks, etc.)
- A parent permission form if under the age of 18 prior to the first riding session
What is involved in the class?
While in this class, riders will learn the primary controls of a motorcycle and become confident with the fundamentals of starting, stopping, shifting, cornering and slow speed maneuvers. Riders will also learn basic hazard avoidance skills such as stopping quickly and swerving. In the classroom, we will have the opportunity to discuss choices we make as riders, strategies to reduce risk and ways to increase the enjoyment we get out riding.
Is this course for true beginning riders?
Prior riding experience is not required. The BRC is designed to accommodate the average beginning rider who does not know how to operate a motorcycle.
If you are unsure if the BRC is right for you or you want additional time to prepare, consider the Intro to the BRC (I-BRC) as your first experience to riding a motorcycle. The I-BRC is an optional pre-training session designed to build confidence of the basics in a relaxed environment with smaller class sizes.
How does the schedule work?
We try to utilize as much daylight hours as possible for conducting classes.
- 2-Day Schedule
- Day 1: Full day (classroom, riding)
- Day 2: Full day (classroom, riding)
- 3-Day Schedule
- Day 1: Evening only (classroom)
- Day 2: Full day (riding, classroom)
- Day 3: Half day (riding)
How much does the BRC cost?
The BRC typically cost $250. However, due to subsidy funding through the Department of Licensing using motorcycle endorsement fees, we are able to offer most of our classes at a discounted rate of $125 for WA residents (with WA ID) or active duty military. Since funding is limited, there is a chance not every course will be subsidized at the $125 rate. The schedule will show what the cost is for a particular course assuming you are a WA resident or are active duty military stationed here. If you are a non-resident, the price is $250 regardless of the price shown on the schedule. There is no difference in course content between the $250 and $125 price.
What if I'm under 18 years old?
A training course is required by state law for anyone under 18 years old trying to obtain their motorcycle endorsement. When signing up for a subsidized course (listed as $125), the price will only be $50. A parent or guardian will need to sign a waiver before you will be allowed to ride. This must be done at the beginning of class, in our office, or can be notarized prior to your training date.
How do I sign up?
- Check the schedule for open availability. Click here to view the Schedule.
- Once you find a training date you are interested in you may register:
- Online (click the Register Now button next to your training date)
- Call our office (253) 770-8888 (Monday - Friday from 8am - 5pm)
- In person at our office (address is at the bottom of the page, or call for directions)
- For your convenience you may use your Visa or Mastercard online, over the phone, or in person at our office.
- After payment is made for your spot we will send you a Confirmation Letter containing dates, times, maps, directions, what to bring, what to expect, and more.
Where can I buy the riding gear that I need?
We recommend that you check out our list of supporting dealerships found on our links page.
Will I get a lunch break?
Throughout the course you will be given a short breaks as well as a lunch break on full 8-hour days. Make sure you bring plenty of fluids and snacks. Learning to ride a motorcycle safely demands an alert mind. We would also recommend a good night’s rest before your course date.
What type of motorcycles will I be riding in the BRC?
The types of motorcycles will vary over time. However, here is a list of common bikes used at our locations.
- 250cc Honda Rebel (cruiser)
- 250cc Suzuki GZ250 (cruiser)
- 225cc Yamaha XT225 (dual-sport)
- 200cc Suzuki DR200 (dual-sport)
- 200cc Yamaha TW200 (dual-sport)
- 125cc Kawasaki Eliminator (cruiser)
- Scooters Available (if requested at registration on a first come first basis)
Can I ride my own motorcycle during the BRC?
Yes. If your motorcycle meets all of the requirements of our training motorcycles and you have the necessary insurance you may be permitted to ride your own bike. However this is not common and should not be expected. Your bike will have to meet two of the following requirements as a minimum.
- Unladen weight of 400lbs
- 500cc or less
- 30 inch maximum seat height
You MUST check with our office for more information and approval.
What kinds of benefits are offered as a result of passing this training?
- Motorcycle endorsement test waiver (completion card)
- Cheaper insurance
- Dealership discounts & coupons
- Learn/Improve skills
- Greater confidence
- Information on riding gear
- Base access for military riders
Will I still have to take a test with the DOL to earn my endorsement?
No, the endorsement tests are included as part of the training course. Successfully passing both the written and skills evaluations earns you a completion card valid for 180 days following the completion date of your training. You will take the completion card to the DOL and pay the motorcycle endorsement licensing fee to have the endorsement added to your license. *Note* You will not be legal on the road until the endorsement is added to a valid license.
I do not have a driver license. Can I still take the course?
Yes. Assuming you pass the course, you will be issued a completion card that is valid for 180 days. Thus, you have 180 days to get a valid license and have the motorcycle endorsement added.
Do I need a permit to take the BRC?
No. The BRC is done on a closed course and does not require you to have a permit.
I have a license from out-of-state. Can I still use the completion card to get a motorcycle endorsement?
Some states will honor the Washington Motorcycle Safety Program card as a way to get your endorsement added to your license, however, some states will not. Please check with the Department of Licensing from your state to verify what requirements are necessary. You can always get a Washington State license and have the endorsement added, if needed.
I drive a sidecar or trike. Are there any courses for me?
Puget Sound Safety does not offer 3-wheeled motorcycle training courses, however there are other schools in Washington that do. Please check the Department of Licensing to find the closest school to you.
How can I get in sooner?
You may show up to any of our courses and if another student does not show for their class, you may take their spot. Be prepared to fill out a registration form and make payment (cash only) regardless if you are registered for another class. You will be refunded once the paperwork reaches our office. If you wish to try and do a “standby”, give us a call prior to the class so we can make sure you have the details needed for the class including dates, times, and directions.
Do you have any cancellations?
We do not know when a cancellation will happen and are unable to keep a wait list due to the high demand. It is recommended to sign up in the next available spot and then call periodically asking for these possible spots.
Is there anything I can do to get ready for the BRC?
Nothing is required to be ready for this training with the exception of your riding gear however, if you can’t wait and want to do something you may start reading the course handbook which can be found online as a read only. Basic Rider Course Student Handbook (PDF)
Other things you may choose to do. Get out and ride a bicycle, how long has it been since you balanced on a bicycle? This will help you in the beginning exercises on your motorcycle. Do you have a motorcycle? You may want to start learning where the controls are located and read how they operate. This will also help in the beginning exercises so you don’t have to think about them. Another good source of information can be found in the recommend books we have discounted for students to purchase found on our products page.