Basic Rider Course
This course is designed for the person with little or no riding experience, as well as returning riders. You will learn the basic skills needed to ride safely. In this level of training you can use a school provided motorcycle. Endorsement testing is included with the training.
What is involved in the class?
The first 4 hours are in the classroom where we talk about riding gear, controls including shift pattern, proper braking and turning as well as go over the range rules. The next 4 1/2 hours are on the range where we start off getting familiar with our motorcycle by identifying the controls, using the friction zone, and then moving on to the 4 basic parts of motorcycling such as straight line riding, braking, shifting and turning.
Once we have those basic skills we move back to the classroom where we will talk about street strategies to help keep you safe on the road. We will talk about lane positioning, being visible, cornering, maximum braking, common riding situations and scenarios, such as passengers and cargo, night riding, hills and swerving. We will end this classroom portion with a knowledge test based on what you have learned. It all comes together in our last ride time where we move beyond the basics and try different types of cornering, u-turns, maximum braking, braking quickly in a curve, swerving, running over obstacles etc… If you made it to this point you have completed the course and may now move on to practicing for the skills evaluation before testing for the license waiver and completion card.
Is this course for true beginning riders?
The BRC is designed to accommodate the average adult student who does not know how to operate a motorcycle. This course provides the opportunity to learn the basic skills needed to ride a motorcycle. No prior riding experience is required.
If you are unsure if this is the course for you please consider the Intro to the BRC as your first experience riding a motorcycle. The I-BRC is an optional pre-training session where you can experience motorcycle riding basics in a more relaxed environment with a smaller class size.
How does the schedule work?
We try to utilize as much daylight hours as possible for conducting classes. On our schedule page you may find 2, 3 or 4-day schedules listed. The hours for courses vary depending on location and we try to offer as many options as possible.
Common schedules are:
- 3-Day Morning Schedule
- 6 pm - 10 pm (classroom)
- 8 am - 6 pm (riding, classroom)
- 8 am - 2 pm (riding)
- 3-Day Afternoon Schedule
- 6 pm - 10 pm (classroom)
- 1 pm - 10 pm (riding, classroom)
- 2 pm - 7 pm (riding)
- 2-Day Schedule
- 9 am - 7 pm (classroom, riding)
- 9 am - 7 pm (classroom, riding)
How much does the Basic Rider Course cost?
The BRC costs $250 non-residents and $125 for residents. Course dates coded with an "S" on the schedule list are subsidized through Department of Licensing using motorcycle endorsement fees. The schedule will show what the cost is for a particular training date 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.
If I am under 18 years old, is the price different?
For a person under the age of 18 to get their motorcycle endorsement they are required to take a state approved training course.
If at the start of the course you are between 15 years 10 months and 17 years 11 months of age an additional subsidy is available bringing the cost down to $50.
What is the difference between the regular ($250) training and the subsidized ($125) training?
There is no difference in the content of training. Only the price is different. The funding available for subsidy is tied to motorcycle endorsement fees and at times there is not enough subsidy to cover all courses.
How do I qualify for the subsidized training?
Any person with a Washington State Drivers License (Washington resident) or a person who is active duty military and stationed in WA is qualified for the subsidized rate of the Basic Rider Course.
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 9am - 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.
What kind of gear is required?
- A parental permission form if under the age of 18 prior to the first riding session
- US DOT compliant helmet (small supply is available)
- Eye protection (glasses, goggles or face shield)
- Long sleeve shirt or jacket
- Long pants
- Sturdy over-the-ankle footwear
- Full-fingered riding gloves
- Prepare for the weather (rain gear, sunglasses, snacks & drinks, etc.)
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. Each one carries a full line of protective gear and has knowledgeable staff that would be very happy to help you start your riding experience in the right direction.
Will I get a lunch break?
Throughout the course you will be given a short break each hour 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.
Do I need my own motorcycle?
The BRC does not require you to bring your own motorcycle. We provide training motorcycles (many loaned to us at no expense by the local dealers - please check out our supporting dealerships) for your use.
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 Kawasaki Ninja (sport)
- 250cc Suzuki GZ250 (cruiser)
- 225cc Yamaha XT225 (dual-sport)
- 200cc Suzuki DR200 (dual-sport)
- 200cc Yamaha TW200 (dual-sport)
- 125cc Kawasaki Eliminator (cruiser)
- 125cc Honda CB125 (standard)
- Scooters Available by request
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 the written and skills evaluation 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.
To keep your endorsement at license renewal time you will also need to renew your endorsement each time.
I do not have a drivers license. Can I still take the course?
Yes. Providing 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 driver’s license and have the motorcycle endorsement added to your license if you choose to do so.
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 do not have a WA drivers license. Can I use the completion card to put a motorcycle endorsement on my other states drivers license?
Some states will honor our Washington Motorcycle Safety Program 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 Drivers License and have the endorsement added if you need.
I drive a sidecar or trike. Are there any courses for me?
Puget Sound Safety does not offer 3-wheeled motorcycle courses, however the Evergreen Safety Council does. You can find them on our links page.
How can I get in sooner?
There are a couple ways to get in sooner. You may show up to any of our courses and if a student does not show for their class you may take their spot. Be prepared to fill out a registration form and make payment regardless if you are registered for another class. You will be refunded once the paperwork reaches our office. Another option is to buy your own private class. What this means is you would pay for 6 full price student spots and we would work around your schedule and get you trained at your convenience. Since you have paid for those spots feel free to invite your family or friends to take it with you.
Do you have any cancellations?
Everyday we hear this question. 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.
I am under the age of 18 what should I know?
- If you will be at the start of the class between 15 years 10 months in age and 17 years 11 months you may qualify for additional subsidy bringing the price down to $50.
- The completion card is only valid for 180 days from the date of the class so be sure you do have your driver’s license or will be able to get it within that 6 months so you can obtain your motorcycle endorsement.
- A parent or guardian signature on the waiver before you will be allowed to ride. This must be done in front of the instructor or the parent/guardian signature can be notarized prior to your training date.
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 for your usage? 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.