WHAT TO EXPECT
This version of the Skilled Rider Course is for riders who want to train on their own bike and earn their motorcycle endorsement. The License Waiver Skilled Rider Course is 2.5 days long and includes a classroom session designed to sharpen your mental riding skills and a range session to sharpen your physical riding skills. A riding test is included at the conclusion of the range session, riders successfully completing the skills evaluation earn an endorsement waiver and a Motorcycle Safety Foundation completion card.
The skills portion of the class will teach you new motorcycle skills and help you perfect skills you already know.
At the range you will start the day with that pre-ride inspection on your bike, if you prepped it before the class you’ll be feeling confident about passing the pre-ride inspection. Then it’s time to ride, your coaches will explain the course layout, read exercise objectives and instructions, ride a demo ride to show the path of travel and desired technique, and occasionally have you practice a skill on your bike with the engine off. Then it is your turn to ride. Exercises are generally about 30/40 minutes long and most programs will run two or three and then take a break. There will also be some range side “chalk talk” and activities, these are intended to sharpen your mental riding skills. In some states a riding test is provided to help each rider better understand what skills they are proficient at and what they still might need to practice up on.
The License waiver course is more detailed and includes an online course component and a classroom session in addition to the range day described above.
SKILLED RIDER COURSE - LICENSE WAIVER FAQS
How much does it cost?
What will I need to register?
- A street-ready motorcycle
- Proof of valid motorcycle insurance
- Proof of motorcycle registration
Do I need any special gear?
You'll need to bring the following:
- Your Driver's License
- Proof of completion of any pre-required course study
- Any materials provided to you prior to or during class
- Long-sleeve shirt or jacket
- Long pants (heavy denim or riding pants recommended)
- Over-the-ankle boots (sturdy, not canvas, low heel)
- Eye protection (helmet visor, eye glasses, sun glasses, goggles acceptable)
- Full-finger gloves (motorcycle specific recommended)
- DOT-certified helmet style based on the requirements of your state.
The course is rain or shine so be ready for the weather as you would for any day long ride, pack your rain gear. Also plan for shifts in temperature, dressing in layers will accommodate the cold in the early morning. Peeling off some layers in the afternoon will relive you from that hot sun. Also, pack some snacks. Be prepared to keep yourself mentally and physically in the game with a snack bar, fruit or whatever keeps you focused. Most programs provide bottled water and time for a lunch break, ask ahead to be sure.
What bike will I ride?
For the riding portion, you will provide a street-ready motorcycle.