About The Beginner Motorcycle Rider Course
The Basic Rider Course consists of 15 hours of instruction (five hours in the classroom and ten on a motorcycle). The course is structured in a group learning format with classroom sessions which are held separately from and prior to on-cycle range sessions (which are always scheduled within two weeks of the classroom time). We provide the motorcycle and helmets. You provide a positive, involved attitude.
This course is for everyone who now rides or is considering learning to ride. It is both mentally and physically challenging, especially in adverse weather conditions. The emphasis of the course is safety! In our classroom and on-cycle range sessions we'll cover everything you need to know through hands-on training and motorcycle riding experience.
Students must attend all classroom and on-cycle sessions and pass both a multiple choice knowledge test and a riding skill evaluation. Statewide, approximately 85% of students successfully complete the course their first time. Upon passing the course you will receive an MSF Certificate of Completion that entitles you to a limited 10% discount on motorcycle insurance coverage.
Students seeking exemption from the RMV's motorcycle license road test (and related fees) must obtain a Massachusetts motorcycle learner's permit prior to the first session of a course. The permit must not expire for at least two weeks following the class completion date. Before the first session, students will need to pay the $15 motorcycle endorsement fee or $40 motorcycle-only license fee. You can pay the RMV by credit card by calling (617) 351-4500 within the 617 / 781 area codes or 1-800-858-3926 within the 413 / 508 / 978 area codes, or by all payment methods at any RMV branch.
Students must bring their learner's permit to the first session of the course. Upon successful completion of the course, students must continue to operate under the restrictions of the learner's permit until they receive in the mail from the RMV either a motorcycle-only license or a new copy of their existing license with a motorcycle endorsement.
Students under the age of 18 who want to obtain a motorcycle endorsement must have completed the requirements for a JOL (Junior Operator's License) obtain a motorcycle permit and pass a road test. Students under the age of 18 who want to obtain a motorcycle (only) license must hold their motorcycle permit for 6 months before applying for a road test.