Historic, 1935 Dresch, 500cc Motorcycle

Motorcycling. Why take a basic rider's course?

Updated by Bill Webb on March 19, 2016

Your total cost, including use of a motorcycle, is $50.00--that is a lot of safety education and fun for the money! Suttons Bay utilizes the nationally recognized Motorcycle Safety Foundation, State of Michigan approved, basic rider's course--with certified coaches.

If you want to learn to ride a motorcycle, here are five more good reasons to take our basic riders course: 1) Satisfactory completion of the course waives having to take the State's road-test and written exam, 2) Persons who complete a course and have a motorcycle endorsement are less likely to be involved in an accident, 3) Getting your cycle endorsement on your license avoids legal entanglements, 4) some insurance companies give a discount for course completion and 5) it is pure fun to learn how to ride a motorcycle or improve your existing skills. Come ride with us !

When are the classes? Who is eligible? How do you register ?

The BASIC RIDER'S COURSE (BRC) is for persons with little or no riding experience. On the other hand, it is not uncommon for an experienced rider to take the class with a family member.

The BRC classes start Friday evening from 6-9:00 P.M. for class room study, another 1-2 hours of classroom on Saturday, approximately 4-hours of motorcycle training on Saturday and another 4-hours of motorcycle training on Sunday. Your Saturday and Sunday schedule will be assigned at the Friday night class. For planning purposes, you should assume your range training could be assigned anytime 6:45 AM - 5:30 P.M. Saturday and Sunday.

Here are the requirements to take the BRC: 1) must hold a valid driver's license or training permit, cycle endorsement NOT required, 2) must be at able to ride a bicycle, 3) must be at least 15-years of age (for those aged 15-17, a guardian or parent must appear on the first night of class to approve the training) and 4) complete a pre-course assignment. Satisfactory completion of the BRC course waives having to take the State of Michigan skills-test (also known as the "road-test") and waives having to take the State's written examination. The BRC classes fill quickly and early registration is advised. Admission is on a first to register first to receive services basis. Currently available training dates for 2017, subject to change, are listed on the link that follows: ONLINE COURSE APPLICATION.

WE HAVE A PROGRAM FOR ADVANCED STUDENTS. We have a ONE DAY Returning Rider Basic Rider's Course (RRBRC) designed for the returning rider with previous experience or the individual who has been riding a motorcycle on a permit for some time. The objectives of the RRBRC include refining basic motorcycle skills and allowing you to gain more knowledge of risk, including how to manage risk while riding. The RRBRC consists of 7-classroom units and 9-riding exercises which takes approximately 8.5 hours (excluding lunch) to complete. Here are the requirements to take the RRBRC: 1) must hold a valid driver's license, cycle endorsement NOT required, 2) must be at least 15-years of age and 3) for those aged 15-17, a guardian or parent must appear on the first night of class to approve the training. Satisfactory completion of the BRC course waives the skills-test (also known as the "road-test") requirement. Currently available training dates for 2017, subject to change, are listed on the link that follows: ONLINE COURSE APPLICATION.

If the class you want is full-you can try to gain admission by being a pre-paid stand-by. !

STAND-BY REGISTRATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED. Even though we show a particular class as "FULL," and thereby having no guarenteed opening, it is common for numerous persons who are registered to not to show-up. It is assumed that students who have not checked-in by 6:00 P.M. on Friday night will not be attending and that training slot is subject to immediate assignment to a pre-paid stand-by or walkin student. If you click on the online course application link above and the the class you desire is marked "FULL," you can still register as a pre-paid stand-by student as outlined on the online course application. Another option to seek admission to a class marked "FULL," is to be an unregistered walk-in, arrive by 5:30 P.M. Friday and, as soon as a coach arrives, advise the coach that you are a walk-in as we admit walk-ins in the order in which they check-in. Because there is a requirement to take an online e-course BEFORE you are allowed on the riding range, you may wish to be a PRE-PAID STAND-BY APPLICANT as this has three benefits for you: 1) as a pre-paid stand-by, we can send you the information to take the online e-course before you arrive; 2) If you are not admitted as a pre-paid stand-by, you will continue to have pre-paid stand-by status at any other class you request this calendar year and, 3) perhaps best of all, a pre-paid stand-by has priority for admission to a class verses a non-prepaid walk-in. If you have already been assigned a confirmation number to attend a particular class and you then gain entry to a different class by being a walk-in, the fee you paid to obtain a confirmed enrollment will not transfer to a walk-in enrollment.

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GEAR UP. Make Life a Safe Ride.

The motorcycle safety education courses offered by this agency are conducted with state funds from a motorcycle safety grant administered by the Michigan Department of State.

This is why your class registration fee is only $50.00 !

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