Frequently Asked Questions

    Who may take the courses?
  • Basic RiderCourse (BRC): Participants must be at least 16 years of age on the date the class starts. Students under 18 need written parental consent and verification of age to participate free of charge (only KY residents are eligible for a tuition waiver). Neither a driver's license nor a motorcycle learner's permit is required to take the BRC. All participants must be able to balance and ride a bicycle.
  • 3 Wheeled BRC (3WBRC): Participants must bring their own 3 wheeled cycles, posses a valid motorcycle permit or license and provide proof of insurance before the class starts. Side-cars are NOT permitted.
  • Basic RiderCourse2(BRC2): Participants bring their own street legal motorcycle/scooter. It is recommended that you have either completed a BRC or have at least 6 months riding experience.
  • The BRC2 is NOT a beginner's course. Students must hold a valid motorcycle permit or license and provide proof of insurance before class starts. Student with out-of-state permits may be able to transfer completion certification to their home state. Contact your state's motorcycle rider education coordinator for details. Find a listing of state programs at http://www.msf-usa.org
  • Advanced RiderCourse (ARC): This course is for licensed riders only. Student are required to bring their own street legal motorcycle/scooter, proof of insurance and a valid motorcycle license.
  • A Note About Slingshots: Riders with a Slingshot autocycle should contact their DMV and request to speak with a supervisor about how to obtain an endorsement for this vehicle. Slingshots cannot be ridden in RiderCourses due to their wide configuration.

    • What is needed for the course?
    • Basic RiderCourse (BRC): Proper protective gear is required for all on-cycle riding exercises. KMP provides a motorcycle and DOT approved helmet; students are required to furnish: eye protection, long sleeved shirts, long pants, full-fingered gloves and over the ankle footwear.
    • 3 Wheeled Basic RiderCourse (3WBRC): Students are required to provide full protective gear and a street legal 3 wheeled motorcycle. Students must also show proof of license and a valid permit/license.
    • Basic RiderCourse2 (BRC2): Students are required to provide full protective gear and a street legal motorcycle. Students must also display a valid motorcycle permit or license as well as proof of insurance.
    • Advanced RiderCourse (ARC): Student are required to provide full protective gear and a street legal motorcycle. Students must also show a valid motorcycle license and proof of insurance.


      What is the cost of the Kentucky Courses?
      Tuition fees are capped at the following:
    • Basic RiderCourse (BRC):Tuition will not exceed $150.00;
    • 3 Wheeled Basic RiderCourse (3WBRC):Tuition will not exceed $150.00;
    • Basic RiderCourse2 (BRC2):Tuition will not exceed $75.00;
    • Advanced RiderCourse (ARC):tuition for the ARC will not exceed $75.00;

    ***Kentucky residents who are 16 or 17 years of age at the date of the course are eligible for a BRC tuition waiver.***
    ***Site Providers may require a deposit of $150.00 to reserve the spot in the class. The deposit will be returned after the class. If the student fails to show for class, the site may not refund the deposit. ***

      Where are the courses located?
    • KY has various training sites across the state. Visit our "Sites" tab for details.


      Must participants have a learner's permit before taking the courses?
    • Basic RiderCourse (BRC): Students are not required to have a permit before taking the class.
    • 3 Wheeled Basic RiderCourse (3WBRC): Students MUST possess a valid motorcycle permit or license.
    • Basic RiderCourse2 (BRC2):Students MUST possess a valid motorcycle permit or license.
    • Advanced RiderCourse (ARC): Students MUST possess a valid motorcycle license


      May non-Kentucky residents participate?
    • Non-residents may take any KMP course. In some instances, your completion of a KY rider education class can transfer to your state of residence. For information about transferring your completion certificate, contact your state's rider education Program Coordinator. Find a listing of state programs at http://www.msf-usa.org


      What types of motorcycles are used?
    • Basic RiderCourse (BRC):two sizes of motorcycles are available: 125 cc and 250cc
    • 3 Wheeled Basic RiderCourse (3WBRC): Course participants bring their own street legal 3 wheeled motorcycle. Proof of permit/license and insurance are required.
    • Basic RiderCourse2 (BRC2):Course participants bring their own street legal motorcycles/scooters. Proof of permit/license and insurance are required.
    • Advanced RiderCourse (ARC):Course participants bring their own street legal motorcycles. Proof of cycle license and insurance are required.


      What will I learn?
    • The BRC offers the opportunity to learn how to control a motorcycle. KMP provides motorcycles and DOT approved helmets for this 16-20 hour course. Classroom portions of the course give the student a chance to begin thinking like a motorcyclist. Riding portions of the course begin as though you've never been on a motorcycle and gradually work up through basic control techniques: starting, stopping, turning and shifting. Your basic skills are built upon as you practice cornering techniques, slow tight turns, hard braking skills and swerving maneuvers.
    • The 3WBRC is a basic, learn to ride a 3-wheel motorcycle training class. It provides the same skills as the BRC but uses trikes wheels instead of 2 wheeled cycles. Side cars are not permitted.
    • The BRC2 is one day course that gives a rider a chance to practice cornering, braking, swerving, crossing obstacles and slow maneuvering skills on their own motorcycle. Students must present a motorcycle permit or license and proof of insurance at the start of class. Only street legal motorcycles may be used.
    • The ARC is a one day course for the licensed rider with a street legal motorcycle. Classroom activities improve perception and raises a rider's awareness of the risks involved in riding. The riding exercises enhance both basic and crash avoidance skills. Improving braking and cornering finesse is emphasized. The course is beneficial for riders on any type of street motorcycle.


      Who teaches the courses?
    • Courses are facilitated by Motorcycle Safety Foundation Certified, KY Motorcycle Program Approved RiderCoaches. RiderCoaches have attended a 60 hour preparation workshop and are required to attend yearly quality assurance updates. All RiderCoaches are motorcyclists who ride on a routine basis.


      • Are the courses required to earn a motorcycle license?
      • KMP rider education course are not required to obtain a motorcycles license in KY. However, the BRC, BRC2 and 3WBRC courses allow participants to earn a state completion card that will waive KY's performance skills test.


        Will individuals get an insurance discount after taking the courses?
      • Successful completion of all of KMP courses entitles you to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's completion card. Many insurance agencies will give you an insurance discount on cycle insurance for having completed a rider education/safety class.


        What is the cancellation policy?
      • Cancellation policies vary from site to site. Contact your Site Provider for details.


        Is a motorcycle license automatically issued at the conclusion of the courses?
      • KMP does not issue motorcycle licenses. Successful completion of the BRC, BRC2 and 3WBRC earn you the KMP completion card which waives KY's performance skills test.


        What are some of the problems that I may face?
      • People are individuals and each of us struggle with different aspects of life. It is the same in a motorcycle class. Some typical problems RiderCoaches have observed include: the student does not really want to be in the class; the student has some short term physical limitations affecting his progress; students not practicing RiderCoach's tips; students not focusing on the task at hand. Usually, you are your worst enemy. Once you calm your nerves, the FUN begins.


        What is the value of taking these courses?
      • Discover if you want to ride/and if you can ride.
      • Gain confidence before riding in traffic.
      • Learn to ride before you buy.
      • Earn an insurance discount on cycle insurance.
      • Earn a waiver to KY's performance skills test.