Basic Riders Course (BRC)
Co-sponsored by the NC Motorcycle Safety Education Program, this course teaches the skills needed to operate a motorcycle safely in traffic. The class is designed for new riders and for re‑entry riders, however, experienced riders have also found it to be very beneficial. Students learn the location and operation of the controls of the motorcycle and practice riding to demonstrate that they have the strength, balance and coordination to perform straight-line riding, shifting, turning, and stopping exercises. Students will learn street riding strategies needed for riding on the highway in traffic, as well as skills to avoid accidents – including emergency braking, swerving and proper cornering techniques.
With successful completion of the BRC, you will earn a skills waiver card for the NC DMV. This means that the DMV will not require you to take their motorcycle riding test. However, you will still be required to visit your local DMV office, present your skills waiver card, and take the DMV written exam before being issued a motorcycle endorsement.
The BRC has an accelerated curriculum; each exercise teaches a new skill and builds on one or more previously taught skills. If you miss any portion of a range exercise, you will not be permitted to continue on the range, which will result in failure of the skills portion of the BRC and will not result in issuance of a waiver card. The BRC is conducted at a pace that results in successful completion for most novice riders. However, if you experience significant difficulty or become a safety risk to yourself or others, you will not be permitted to continue to ride. To view videos of the BRC and other motorcycling videos, visit the Motorcycle Safety Foundation website.
Motorcycle Course Objectives
- To develop a safe, responsible motorcyclist
- To develop the mental skills for safe motorcycling
- To develop the physical skills for safe motorcycling
- To create an understanding of risk awareness and risk taking
- To develop strategies to manage risk
- Individuals interested in attending a BRC must be at least 16 years of age. Students under the age of 18 must have the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Waiver of Liability signed by a parent or guardian. This form must be signed IN PERSON on the first day of class. If the parent/guardian is unable to accompany the minor on the first day of class, please contact Tabitha Harrison at 704-216-3545 or firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on having the form notarized. The minor WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to participate in the class without this important signature.
- Possession of a driver’s license or learner’s permit is not required to take the course, however, you must be able to ride a bicycle and possess some degree of strength, as the course is physically demanding.
- You must be able to support a motorcycle, while straddling it, and have the ability to push the motorcycle for short distances.
What to Bring:
Students are expected to bring the following riding gear (mandatory to ride on range):
- We provide motorcycles for training purposes.
- You must provide your own DOT-approved helmet for use during class. We are unable to loan helmets at this time due to MSF Covid Restrictions
- Eye Protection: Helmet face shield, prescription glasses or sunglasses are satisfactory.
- Long Sleeves: Any clothing that covers the arms down to the wrist.
- Gloves: Must be full-fingered.
- Pants: Must be of sturdy material such as jeans and may not be wind pants, warm-up pants or stretch pants.
- Boots: Must cover anklebone. High top leather tennis shoes and hiking boots are satisfactory. Boots with no heels are preferred.
RCCC’s Motorcycle courses are run through the Self-Supporting divisions of the Continuing Education Programs. Due to the high demand of these classes, if you miss your class or are late, no refund will be issued. Rescheduling of Motorcycle Safety courses may be allowed if notification is received at least one week prior to class. Our certified rider/coaches are authorized to remove anyone from the course who might pose a danger to themselves or others. We do not anticipate this happening. Additionally, no visitors are allowed on the range. Please do not invite anyone to come and watch, especially minors.
Schedule and eCourse Requirements:
The first day of this 3-Day Course is an eCourse which will be conducted 100% ONLINE! You will meet face-to-face on Days 2 and 3 for a combination of classroom and driving range training. Attendance is mandatory for both face-to-face class meetings from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
eCourse Contact Information – Approximately one week prior to your course, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the eCourse. The eCourse MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE YOUR FIRST FACE-TO-FACE CLASS. The eCourse typically takes 4 to 5 hours to complete. Please ensure your email address is correct by using our form to provide your most recent contact information ONLY AFTER you register for a 2-Wheel Motorcycle Basic Rider Course.
Attendance is mandatory on both Saturday and Sunday when class meets face-to-face from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for the driving range and classroom training portion with a lunch break.
All classes are held at South Campus in Concord, NC. Students should report to Building S203.
- Course Cost: $199
- Payment is due at the time of registration. To register, please call Rowan-Cabarrus Community College at 704-216-7222.
Classes begin in March and run through November. For a class listing, click here.