Course Descriptions

Basic RiderCourse (BRC)

Course Description

This course is designed for beginning riders ages 15 and older, and those riders who need a refresher on the basic fundamentals of riding. We supply the bikes, you supply the desire. Whether you're new to the riding scene or have been riding for years without formal training, this course is for you. The age range of students trained in this course last year was 16 to 67! Several of our students have a motorcycle endorsement on their license but never actually took any training. These students who were "grandfathered in" find this course invaluable in developing good riding skills and preparing themselves mentally to ride.

This is a demanding course. Basic skills are learned first and then after these have been mastered, the students move onto advanced techniques. If a student cannot master the basic skills in the short time they have to learn them, they may be asked to voluntarily remove themselves from the course, practice what they've learned thus far, and come back for another course in the future. Students should be in good health before considering to take this course.

The main objectives of this course are:

  • Develop a safe, responsible motorcyclist
  • Develop the mental skills for safe motorcycling
  • Develop the physical skills for safer motorcycling
  • Create an understanding of risk awareness and risk taking
  • Develop a strategy to manage risk

We start by teaching the four basic riding skills:

  • straight line riding
  • stopping
  • turning
  • shifting

After establishing a proper foundation of basic skills, students learn advanced riding techniques and strategies to manage the risks involved with riding.

The BRC is a 20 hour course given over a weekend. It includes 8 hours of classroom work and 12 hours of riding instruction on the range.

We give the written and riding tests required by the state to receive a motorcycle endorsement. No further testing is required upon successful completion of our BRC class.

Most classes run Friday 5:45 PM to 9:30 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM, and Sunday 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Check your course information when it is mailed to you for exact times.

Check Out our Training Motorcycles

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A special thanks to our dealership sponsors who donate bikes for us to use in our Basic Rider Courses: Topeka Power Sports and Brooke's Yamaha (Manhattan).

Course Cost:

The course costs $200.00*, but remember, we supply the motorcycles and all classroom materials. If you need to borrow a helmet, we have a good selection to choose from. Course tuition non-refundable without 7 days notice.

*A 25% processing fee will be charged on cancelations 14 to 7 days prior to the course date. * A full refund will be issued to students giving more than a 14 day notice.

Upon attending a SMART Motorcycle Rider Education Course, regardless of student status at anytime during the course (PASS, FAIL, or INCOMPLETE) there will be absolutely no refunds.

What to Bring to Class:

Students must provide the following riding gear:

  • full fingered gloves
  • eye protection
  • long pants
  • long sleeved shirt or jacket
  • leather boots or shoes that cover the ankle

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Riders at BRC

NOTICE: IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE, YOUR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN MUST SIGN A WAIVER FORM IN THE PRESENCE OF THE INSTRUCTOR BEFORE YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO RIDE.

More about the Basic Rider Course on the Internet:
SMART's Basic Rider Course was developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). Our rider coaches have been trained and are certified to teach the MSF- Basic Rider Course (BRC).

Basic RiderCourse Interactive Tour (link to MSF-USA.ORG)

Student Testimonial on the American Motorcycle Association website (link to AMA-CYCLE.ORG website)

Experienced RiderCourse  (now called BRC-2)

Course Description:

The BRC-2 is for riders who have at least 6 months riding experience on their current bike. In this course we stress the mental and physical aspects of riding, the risks associated with riding, and how to reduce those risks. We focus on the critical riding skills that accident-involved riders are lacking:

  • proper braking
  • cornering
  • swerving

This is an 8 hour course that includes classroom and range work.

Course Cost:

The cost of the ERC is $75.00*. You supply your street legal bike, valid drivers license with motorcycle endorsement, and proof of insurance. Course tuition non-refundable without 7 days notice.

*A 25% processing fee will be charged on cancelations 14 to 7 days prior to the course date. * A full refund will be issued to students giving more than a 14 day notice.

Link to Article about the ERC course on the American Motorcycle Association Website (link to AMA)