Connecticut Motorcycle Rider Education Program
Motorcycling is one of the most exciting forms of transportation around.
Part of the thrill of motorcycling is the knowledge that you are totally responsible for every action taken, from timing each shift to keeping a keen eye out for other motorists. To understand these responsibilities and get the most out of your experiences, a Connecticut Motorcycle Rider course is the place to start.
Connecticut Rider Education is a statewide program directed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. See the Course Descriptions below and register for one of our classes based on your skill level:
Basic Rider Course (BRC)
This course is designed to teach individuals with little or no riding experience what is involved in operating a motorcycle or scooter safely. The BRC begins with the development of the fundamental skills: straight-line riding, braking, turning, and shifting. It then expands on these basic skills into more advanced street riding techniques. Successful completion of this course fulfills the requirements of the State-approved Basic Rider Course for licensing. On-cycle testing is completed at NVCC as part of this course. The written and vision tests are taken at the DMV. Motorcycles or Scooters and helmets are provided. Participants must have a valid CT driver’s license (a motorcycle learner’s permit is not required to take this course).
- Time required: 22 hours combined classroom and on-cycle instruction, breaks and lunch.
- What you need: Motorcycles or Scooters are provided. Participants must have a valid CT driver’s license. A motorcycle learner’s permit is not required to take this course. If you are under 18 years of age, you must have a parent or legal guardian sign the waiver form.
- Fee: $220.00: Review your course ahead of time, the student workbook and study questions are available at ride4ever.org.
Intermediate Rider Course (IRC)
This course is designed for riders with some experience who are currently riding their own motorcycle/scooter. You must have a minimum of 600 street riding miles, or more than 6 months riding experience. Riders will improve skills in braking, cornering, evasive maneuvers, and learn ‘street strategies’ necessary for survival. Successful completion of this course fulfills the requirements of the State-approved Intermediate Rider Course for licensing. Participants must have a valid Connecticut motorcycle permit and use their own street legal (no straight pipes) motorcycle or scooter that is registered and insured in the participant’s name. You must ride to class, no hauling bikes/scooters to class on a trailer or truck is permitted (No Exceptions). Bikes will be inspected. You must provide proof of your current motorcycle permit, registration, and insurance card.
- Time required: 10.5 hours combined classroom and on-cycle instruction, breaks and lunch.
What you need: Participants must provide proof of motorcycle permit, current motorcycle registration and insurance card. You must also use your own street legal motorcycle (no straight pipes) for the course. Bikes will be inspected.
- Fee: $130.00: Student workbook and study questions are the same as BRC and are available at ride4ever.org.
Experienced Rider Course (ERC)
Even if you've been riding for some time, there's always something new to learn in this on-cycle course. Using your own registered, insured, street legal motorcycle/scooter (bike will be inspected) for the ERC, you will have the opportunity to fine tune your riding skills during advanced maneuvers such as stopping in the shortest distance, cornering, swerving, tight turns, and other evasive skills. You must have a minimum of 1000 miles, or more than 10 months riding experience. Passengers may participate in the course also.
Time required: 6.5 hours of on-cycle instruction
- What you need: Riders must provide proof of a valid motorcycle license, current registration and insurance card in the participant’s name. You must also use your own street legal motorcycle (no straight pipes) for the course. Bikes will be inspected.
- Fee: $100.00 for rider; $20 for passenger
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Conveniently offered at our Waterbury campus.