Free Motorcycle Training
The Motorcycle Rider Safety Program offers courses for novice, intermediate, experienced and sidecar/trike riders. Which course is right for you?
Basic Rider Course
Have you wanted to learn how to ride but didn't know how to get started? Or, maybe you have limited riding experience but it has been awhile since you have been on a motorcycle. The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is for you!
Basic Rider Course 2
Do you have your motorcycle, motorcycle license, and some real world street riding experience? Would you like to ride many of the Basic Rider Course exercises on your own bike? The Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2) is probably a good choice! You will ride your own bike in this class!!
Advanced Rider Course
Are you an experienced rider who wants to develop more advanced riding techniques and greatly improve your mental and perceptual skills? The Advanced Rider Course (ARC) is for you! You will ride your own sport, cruiser, standard, or touring bike in this more challenging course!
Do you have a trike, sidecar, or Spyder and want to learn basic and advanced skills to safely operate these three-wheeled vehicles? Then check out our Sidecar/Trike Course (STC)!
- Illinois residency is required. You must be an Illinois resident with a permanent address in Illinois to register for these courses.
- Waiver or Release of Liability must be submitted by all students at their first class session. Students under 18 should obtain a Waiver Form, have it signed by a parent or guardian, and bring it with them to the first class. Download the Waiver Form.
- Be on time! All classes start on time. If you are late, your place may be given to a walk-in or standby student. Don't be left out.
- Refund requests: When you complete your class, you may request a refund of the $20 fee, or you may choose to waive the refund and help make it possible for others to take.
What is the Basic Rider Course (BRC)?
This 20-hour program includes both classroom and "hands-on" instruction. It is designed to teach the fundamental skills of straight-line riding, shifting, turning, and stopping, then works toward developing more complex street skills including essential braking, turning and swerving techniques. It also focuses on developing good mental strategies and managing special situations. The motorcycles, helmets, and textbooks are provided for each student's use. Students must provide: a long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants (heavy material with straight legs), sturdy over-the-ankle footwear (not cloth or canvas), full-fingered gloves and eye protection (glasses, goggles or face shield).
Who is eligible to enroll in the BRC?
Illinois residents who are at least 16 years of age (on the first day of their course) are eligible to enroll if they have a valid driver's license or instruction permit. The ability to balance and ride a bicycle is expected. Persons under 18 years of age need the written consent of a parent or legal guardian
Upon successful completion of the Basic Rider Course, a completion card will be issued that will allow the Illinois Secretary of State driver's license examiner to waive the written and the riding portion of the motorcycle license test for all graduates who are 18 years of age or older. Persons who are 16 or 17 years of age must complete this course and take the Secretary of State's written and riding tests to be eligible for a class "M" motorcycle endorsement.
What is the Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2)?
This eight-hour course will further develop your basic skills while aboard your own motorcycle. Many of the exercises will appear familiar to graduates of the BRC but are developed to a higher proficiency level.
Who is eligible to enroll in the BRC2?
This course is for riders with on-street experience who have a valid motorcycle licesnse and can provide a street legal motorcycle in good mechanical repair. A DOT approved helmet, proof of current motorcycle registration, valid insurance and a completed motorcycle safety inspection checklist (checklist provided prior to the class) are required without exception.
A valid motorcycle license is required to take the BRC2. Completion of the BRC2 course does not waive any test requirements for obtaining a motorcycle license through the Secretary of State but may qualify you for an insurance discount.
What is the Advanced Rider Course (ARC)?
The Advanced Rider Course (ARC) focuses on advanced braking, cornering, and perceptual skills. You will learn to use body positioning to manage traction and improve handling, and have multiple opportunities to self-assess your riding skills, risk taking behaviors, and attitudes. This high challenge, low threat course was originally developed for military sport bike riders and has recently been adapted for civilians. You will ride your own sport, cruiser, standard, or touring bike in this exciting eight hour course.
Who is eligible to enroll in the ARC?
This course is for riders with on-street experience who have a valid motorcycle license and can provide a street legal motorcycle in good mechanical repair. A DOT approved helmet, proof of current motorcycle registration, valid insurance and a completed motorcycle safety inspection checklist (checklist provided prior to the class) are required without exception.
A valid motorcycle license is required to take the ARC. Completion of the ARC does not waive the test requirements for obtaining a motorcycle license through the Secretary of State but may qualify you for an insurance discount.
What is the Sidecar/Trike Education Program (S/TEP)?
Trikes and sidecars are not automobiles. It is less obvious, but equally important to understand that three-wheeled motorcycles do not steer, brake or handle
like their two-wheeled cousins. Operating a trike or sidecar outfit requires specialized knowledge and skills which are uniquely different than operating
either a motorcycle or an automobile.
The course addresses basic set-up, emergency braking, swerving, weight shifting, steering reversion, and managing wheel loft. Instruction incorporates lessons on tip-over lines and ballasting, and essential crash avoidance techniques unique to three-wheelers. Prior experience operating two-wheelers is helpful but not required. S/TEP courses are typically offered in one day, usually on a Saturday or Sunday.
Who is eligible to enroll in the S/TEP?
Any Illinois resident at least 16 years of age who holds a valid motorcycle license or instruction permit is eligible to enroll. A DOT approved helmet,
eye protection, sturdy over-the-ankle boots or shoes, long pants, long sleeves and full-fingered gloves are required without exception.
Students must bring their own mechanically sound, street legal trike/sidecar rig to every session by legal means. Sidecars that are solidly attached
to a conventional motorcycle, trike conversions with motorcycle based roots, and “reverse trikes" with two wheels in front such as the Can-Am Spyder are all acceptable.
Three wheeled motorcycles that lean, trikes based on automobile powered conversions, and motorcycles with outrigger wheels are not appropriately
designed to participate in S/TEP courses.
No student will be required to share their trike or sidecar with another individual, however, family members or friends may share a trike or sidecar in the same course if they choose to. Proof of vehicle ownership and valid insurance coverage will be verified at the first class session.
A valid motorcycle license or permit is required to take the S/TEP course. Completion of the S/TEP does not waive the test requirements for obtaining a 2 or 3 wheel motorcycle license through the Secretary of State but may qualify for a discount on insurance.