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Basic Rider Course FAQ

Basic Rider Course frequently asked questions. Find answers to commonly asked questions for the Basic Rider Course, Motorcycle Endorsement and Licensing, and General Questions.

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  • Can I bring my own motorcycle?

    No unfortunately, we do not allow riders to use their own motorcycle for insurance reasons.

  • Do I need to bring my own motorcycle?

    Nope! Tampa Motorcycle Training provides training motorcycles for the Basic Rider Course!

    Type of bikes we provide:

    • Honda Rebels
    • Honda Nighthawks
    • Suzuki GZs
    • Scooter ( depending on availability)
  • How long is the course?

    The Basic Rider Course is 15 hours total. Comprising of approximately five hours of class room time, and ten hours of riding.

    ALL courses in the state of Florida will be 15 hours , the difference between schools is cost, schedule, and availability .

    For Tampa Rider Training , we run a 2 day course:

    Day 1: 8:30am – 3:30pm

    Day 2: 730am – 2:30pm

    • Please note, the course times may shift depending on the weather. We ride rain or shine, but will pause for very heavy rain or thunder.

     

  • How many people are in each course, and how many coaches are there?

    We register a maximum of 8 riders per course with 1 coach . 8:1 ratio gives everyone a chance to learn , get assistance when needed, and keeps everyone’s attention focused.

  • What do I need to bring?

    You are required wear the following for the Basic Rider Course, these items are required by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation guidelines. Failure to bring wear the following will prevent you from taking the class!

    • Please have shoes over the ankles – closed toe! (required)
    • Long pants (required)
    • Long sleeve shirt (required)
    • Gloves (required)
    • Sun Glasses (optional, but recommended)
    • We provide bottle water, but you are welcome to bring additional drinks, food, snacks to store in our cooler.

     

  • What happens after I complete the Basic Rider Course?

    After completing the Basic Rider Course(BRC) , we issue a course completion certificate on Day 2. Students take the certificate to a Tax Collector office(DMV) located in their home county. The DMV will lookup the course completion records and issue a new driver license with a ‘Class M’ for motorcycle endorsement. Please note, if you are a commercial driver, please make sure the DMV does NOT remove any of CDLs when issuing your new license.

  • What kind of Motorcycles do you provide?

    We typically use 250cc starter motorcycles. They are great for learning in a controlled environment and help emphasize low-speed handling.

    Models we typically use:

    • Honda Rebels
    • Suzuki GZs
    • Honda Nighthawks
    • A single 150cc scooter is kept at the range as well

     

  • My License is expired or suspended, can I take the class?

    The State of Florida requires ALL riders to have a valid drivers license or permit. If your license is suspended or expired, we cannot enroll you into the class.

  • Do I need to take the test at the DMV?

    Nope! As part of the basic Rider Course you will take the multiple choice test administered by us after the classroom portion. After the range portion, you will take the riding test. Once you complete both, you can register at the DMV with NO additional testing.

  • I have an out-of-state Drivers License, can I still register?

    Yes, Absolutely! During registration be sure to set your DL state, zip code correctly. Once the course is completed, take the DL to the DMV to register your endorsement in the state of Florida.

  • What happens after I complete the Basic Rider Course?

    After completing the Basic Rider Course(BRC) , we issue a course completion certificate on Day 2. Students take the certificate to a Tax Collector office(DMV) located in their home county. The DMV will lookup the course completion records and issue a new driver license with a ‘Class M’ for motorcycle endorsement. Please note, if you are a commercial driver, please make sure the DMV does NOT remove any of CDLs when issuing your new license.

  • How long can I wait to register the motorcycle endorsement with the DMV.

    We always recommend doing this asap. The course completion cards are good for one year from date of issue to accommodate for potential delays. If you fail to register the motorcycle endorsement within a year, the DMV will not recognize your course completion record and will require you to take the BRC again.

  • 2-wheel and 3-wheel endorsement

    In the state of Florida – if you have a two wheel motorcycle endorsement you can ride both 2-wheel motorcycles and 3-wheel trikes.

    however, if you only have a three wheel endorsement, you can only ride 3-wheel trikes.

    The course we provide is for 2-wheel motorcycle endorsement. If your intention is to ride a Trike, please give us a call so we can help you determine if the course is right for you.

    * This information is provided is on ‘to our knowledge’ basis. Please consult the DMV to confirm this information.

  • How much does the course cost?

    Tampa Motorcycle Training runs three times a week:

    • Monday & Tuesday ( subject to availability)
    • Thursday & Friday
    • Saturday & Sunday

    The weekday courses cost $174.00 , The weekend course is $189.00

  • What is your cancellation policy?

    Our refund and cancellation policies:

    If you cancel with at least 48 hour notice before the class, you will receive a full refund.

    Any cancellations within 48 hours of the class will not receive a refund.

    We will try to re-book you in the next available course at an additional $25.00 charge.

  • What happens If I miss my course?

    Due to the limited space available in each class, we do NOT issue refunds. We will work with you to reschedule your course, please note there is a $25.00 charge.

Additional Resources

Florida DMV Motorcycle Endorsement Page

Information contained in our FAQ is based on a ‘best effort’ basis. We always recommend confirming the specifics on licensing questions with the DMV for confirmation.

If we got it wrong, please let us know!

Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) 

For additional information covering the Basic Rider Course (BRC), please visit their website.

 

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