The following is a list of frequently asked questions and answers for your convenience.
Yes, we offer the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic Rider Course (BRC) which offers a combination of hands-on riding experience plus classroom instruction for those seeking a motorcycle license. In a secured parking area, a MSF trained instructor will teach you the basics in a step-by-step process. You do not need any prior training or experience to take this course but a good sense of balance and coordination is essential! Class is usually held from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
We also offer the hands-on Experienced Rider Course (ERC) for licensed motorcyclists. Class is usually held from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Students use their own street-legal motorcycle. This course is for riders seeking to enhance their skills and to earn possible insurance discounts.
No, we'll provide a small training motorcyle which meets the Motorcycle Safety Foundation regulations for seat height, weight, and engine size for the Basic Rider Course. Our Training Bikes
Yes, participants in both the Basic Rider Course and the Experienced Rider Course do have dress requirements. Students must bring a DOT or Snell approved helmet, eye protection (goggles, glasses, or a helmet with a face shield), a long sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants of sturdy material, over-the-ankle footwear (low heels), full-fingered gloves, (leather boots and gloves are preferred). Rain gear (no ponchos) is recommended.
Successful completion of the written test and the riding skills evaluation qualifies you for a motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license without further testing by BMV. The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles will waive the road test, if you successfully pass this course.
Those who pass the written test and ride all the exercises up to and including Exercise 17, will qualify for a permit. The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles will schedule a test date approximately 4-6 weeks from the day you send in the road test request card.
Basic Rider Course (BRC) is $290. The Experienced Rider Course (ERC) is $100. The Maine Motorcycle Safety Education Course (MMSEC - permit class) is $75.
We do not offer any discounts; however, our rates are comparable to other schools and the price of our Basic Rider Course is up to $60 less than some of our colleagues.
Yes, but you must be 16 before the start of the class. Applicants who are 16 or 17 years old are required to have completed "Driver's Education" and must provide written permission from a parent or guardian upon enrollment confirmation. If you are 18 or older, you do not have to have completed driver's education. If you do not possess a driver's license, you still may take this course, but you will not be eligible for a road test waiver. You will obtain a permit and must take a road test.
Yes, we offer the Maine Motorcycle Safety Education Course (permit class) but it is not a hands-on training course. This is an 8 hour course consisting of classroom instruction for beginning motorcyclists. This course meets the minimum state requirement to obtain a permit. Upon successful completion of the course (passing a written test), you will qualify for a motorcycle permit. To receive a license after taking the permit coursee, you will be required to schedule a road test with an examiner from the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Yes, this is a one day course Experienced Rider Course (ERC) for licensed riders only and usually held from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Students use their own street-legal motorcycle. This course is for riders seeking to enhance their skills and to earn possible insurance discounts.
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NOTE: The Basic Rider Course and Experienced Rider Course are limited to 12 students per course; therefore, classes tend to fill up quickly for the SEASON.
We usually we know our schedule by late February, at that point we will accept registrations. If you are on our 2013 mailing list, we will mail you our literature regarding our schedule, location, prices, and details regarding registration. Enrollment Information
In 2012 we held 34 Basic Rider Courses and 2 Experienced Rider Course. The hands-on classes were held at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham and at the RSU #16 Superintendent's Office Parking Lot in Poland. BRC / ERC Schedule
The Maine Motorcycle Education Course (MMSEC- permits classes) are scheduled to be held in the spring 2013 and again in the fall 2013 through Merrymeeting Adult Education in Topsham. MMSEC Schedule
Yes, state law requires you to take the entire Basic Rider Course, regardless of prior training. You must take the written test again and pass with a minimum of 80%. You must also pass the riding skills evaluation and hold a valid driver's license in order to qualify for the road test to be waived by the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Yes, most insurance companies will recognize the Motorcycle Safety Foundation hands-on courses (the BRC and the ERC) and offer a 10-15% discount for successful completion of the course.
Yes, you are not allowed to carry a passenger, you can not ride at night, and you are required to wear a helmet. You may not be able to operate out of state. Check with state law enforcement authorities in each state you intend to ride.
Feel free to contact us, and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have. Please see more details provided on other pages on our website. You may also want to visit the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's website at www.msf-usa.org.