FAQ

Q: How can I register for the course?

A: You can register by contacting us directly at 845-784-4911 or you can visit www.nysmsp.org to register online.

Q: What are the requirements for the Basic RiderCourse?

A: You must be 16 years of age or older (16 / 17 year olds must have notorized parental consent.) Possess a current and valid NYS Driver’s License. Complete all scheduled hours of the course. Pass a written and riding skills evaluation.

Q: How much does the Basic RiderCourse cost?

A: The Basic RiderCourse is $275.00 in Newburgh at the Motorcyclepedia Museum and $300 in Suffern at the SUNY Rockland Community College. Check for periodic specials.

Q: What are the times and dates for the course?

A: Contact our business office directly at 845-784-4911 for the latest information on availability, times and dates for all classes. The core curriculum is 15 1/2 hours, but we schedule for 18-20 hours to allow for remediation, class discussion, bad weather, etc.

Q: What do I have to bring to class?

A: You must have proper riding gear, which includes over-the-ankle leather boots, long pants, long-sleeved shirt or jacket and full fingered gloves. In the event of rain, be sure to bring your rain gear as well. If bringing your own helmet that does not offer protection for the face, be sure to bring safety goggles as well. It must be DOT approved as well. If necessary, a full face helmet will be provided to you during the class. NYS DRIVER’S LICENSE FOR ENTRANCE INTO CLASS!

Q: Does the course take place in all weather conditions?

A: Depending on temperatures, we aim to ride rain or shine. In the event of a severe thunderstorm, cold rain, etc. class may be temporarily delayed or cancelled.

Q: What are the requirements to pass the course?

A: You must complete a written and motorcycle skills evaluation and pass both. Attendance to all dates in full is also required. You must be able to ride a bicycle and have had actual recent ability.

Q: What is I fail the knowledge test and/or the skill evaluation?

A: You have 30 days to re-test both tests if necessary at no charge.

Q: Do I get my license at the end of the course?

A: You will receive your NYS/MSF Course Completion Card upon successful completion of your class. You simply take this document to any NYS DMV office along with your license and permit and they will issue you your MC endorsement.

Q: What kind of bikes are used in the class?

A: Suzuki GZ250, Kawasaki BN 125, Honda Rebels 250, Suzuki TU250

Q: Do I have to use the school’s bikes to take the Basic RiderCourse or can I bring my own?

A: If you own a bike and would like to use it for the Basic RiderCourse, please contact our office for details.

Q: How many students are in a class?

A: There will be a maximum of 12 students per class (on the range).

Q: What if I have an out of state driver’s license and/or permit?

A: The New York State motorcycle program does not take responsibility for other state requirements. Check with your home state DMV to see if they will accept the Motorcycle Safety Foundations course completion card as proof of completion/eligibility for licensing in your home state.

Q: What if I don’t have a drivers license and only a motorcycle permit or drivers permit?

A: In NYS, you will minimally need a  valid NYS Diver’s License to enter the class.

Q: What “riding gear” will I need?

A: Over the ankle leather foot wear like work boots or hiking boots, full fingered gloves, long sleeves (shirt or jacket), long pants (something durable), a helmet can be provided if necessary- YOUR helmet should be DOT approved with either a face shield or safety shatter resistant glasses.

Q: When I look at the schedule, what do the letters “BRC” stand for and is there a difference between “A” or “B” classes? Also, sometimes I see BRC2.

A: BRC stands for Basic RiderCourse and this is the class that you want to take to be eligible for the NYS Road Test Waiver. There is no difference between the A or B class; we schedule for approximately 20 hours either way, it’s just structured time wise differently. If you see the title BRC2, this is an advanced course and you need to already possess a motorcycle license.


Q: I have never ridden a motorcycle before, which course is right for me?

A: Although the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) is designed for people who have little or no riding experience some students feel they would like to take a one hour introductory lesson in a one on one environment first. We offer private lessons and introductory lessons on a regular basis. Call 845 784-4911 for information.