The Basic RiderCourse (BRC) is designed with new riders in mind, but experienced riders will also hone their riding skills. Come with a good attitude and a willingness to have fun and try new skills on our bikes! It helps if you know how to balance and ride a bicycle. You can earn your Minnesota motorcycle endorsement when you successfully complete the BRC.
All BRCs are held in New Ulm at J&R Schugel. BRCs typically run on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
MSF supplies our curriculum and materials, and you can learn more about the BRC through their website. Our course uses The BRC Rider Handbook and The Basic eCourse. Our BRC includes both classroom and riding instruction, with high-quality, personalized coaching and many hours of practice riding. We provide both the motorcycles and the FUN! Riders 18 years and older can earn their motorcycle endorsement by successfully completing our BRC. Minors can complete their motorcycle safety course requirement by completing this course. Our BRC costs $249.
Course Requirements: Participants must be at least 15 years old and possess either a valid driver’s license or driver’s permit. Parents of those under age 18 must sign a consent/release form prior to riding instruction. Course graduates must wait until they turn 16 to get their driver’s licenses and motorcycle endorsements.
Participants must furnish their own protective riding gear: eye protection, long sleeves, long pants, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle footwear, and a DOT-approved helmet.
Participants must be able to ride a bicycle, as the skill of balancing is not taught in this course.
To successfully complete the course, 100 percent attendance is required. Participants must pass a written knowledge test and a riding skill test.
Participants 18 years or older who possess a valid motorcycle permit and successfully complete the course may earn the state’s skill test waiver and receive their motorcycle endorsement. Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa residents can also earn their motorcycle endorsement through our course. Out-of-state residents should call Brent at 507-630-0551 for additional information and clarification.
Participants are encouraged to register in advance. Participants can register for a class online or by mailing a completed registration form with a check or money order to RSRS. Signing up early will allow students to receive course material earlier and provide them with more time to prepare for the course. Enrollment is limited, but we will take walk-ins if there is room in the course.
Our BRC is about 16 hours long and combines valuable classroom discussion and practice riding on a controlled, closed parking lot. To enhance student learning, class sizes are small with six to eight students.
The classroom discussions and activities explore rider behavior and include perception development and situational awareness activities.
The riding exercises begin with very basic skills, such as mounting the motorcycle and identifying its controls, and steadily build to simulated street riding strategies. The course is divided into two levels. Level I concentrates on motorcycle familiarization, clutch control, throttle control, riding posture, and the four basic skills of motorcycle riding: straight-line riding, turning, smooth shifting, and stopping quickly. Level II uses the four basic skills to develop a variety of street skills, including limited-space maneuvers, countersteering, cornering, and swerving.
Training motorcycles are provided, but you may ride your own motorcycle in the course. Your bike must be street legal, licensed, insured, and in compliance with the equipment requirements outlined in the Minnesota Motorcycle Manual. You must show proof of insurance. This option is generally discouraged, but has been used by those who aren’t interested in learning to shift a motorcycle with a manual transmission, or who only want to ride a scooter or three-wheeled motorcycle that doesn’t require shifting. There’s no extra charge for riding one of our motorcycles, and for most people, it’s the best option.
BRC course graduates will be presented with a MSF course completion card and may be eligible for insurance discounts.
We’ll be offering BRCs on the following weekends in 2020 at J&R Schugel in New Ulm:
April 18-19 – Cancelled because of COVID-19 May 23 -24 – FULL June 6-7 – FULL June 13-14 – FULL July 4 – 5 – FULL July 18-19 – FULL August 15-16 – FULL August 22 -23 – FULL
Stay tuned for our new 2021 schedule that will start next April!