Historic, 1935 Dresch, 500cc Motorcycle

Motorcycling. Why take a basic rider's course?

Updated by Bill Webb on March 21, 2014

Your total cost, including use of a motorcycle is $25.00--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 the road-test, 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 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. 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, 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, 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 walk-in !

WALK-IN STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED. Even though we show a class as having no openings, it is common for two or three people 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 walk-in student. If you want to try to gain admission by being 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. Please be prepared to pay the $25.00 registration fee by check. Call us ahead of time to confirm that a class is scheduled for the weekend you are considering. 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.

Motorcycling = Freedom

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 $25.00 !

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