Beginner Rider Course Descriptions
Can I learn to ride at FDU?
We ARE your Motorcycle Safety Training Academy
Have you always wanted to ride but don't know how to get started? Our series of Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) classes rises above learning to use the controls of a two-wheeled vehicle.
Lessons to Learn for Beginner Riders
Begin Riding Motorcycle Safety Classes at FDU
NJ, NY, CT, PA Students Welcome
Build your confidence with student-centered learning techniques. FDU asks that you are fully present in mind and body while taking our courses, where the "Student-Centered" role is most important. It is YOUR ride! Make your learning to ride a rewarding experience.
Please NOTE: our curriculum provider, the MSF, has adopted a new Rider Handbook. This book is NOT the one currently in use for the beginning of the FDU 2014 training season. NJ MVC has not adopted new BRC standards as of May 2014, but will be transitioning to the new Handbook as supplies of our current version 7.1 are depleted. FDU will be sponsoring an MSF UPDATE for our RiderCoaches to learn the new curriculum before it is introduced into our classroom or riding modules. If you are registered at FDU, we can send you the version 7.1 for your class. Please email email@example.com with your registration confirmation to request the current Handbook.
What should I learn about Motorcycling?
MSF Basic e-course
Determine if motorcycling is a good personal choice for you. This interactive online course administered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) introduces risk-reducing motorcycle safety skills. The e-course, is self-directed through the MSF web site at your individual pace for understanding motorcycle safety awareness builds lifelong learning. Identify the primary parts and controls of a typical motorcycle. A self-assessment helps you become aware of the risks and requirements for being a confident, safe and responsible rider.
Prerequisite: Computer system requirements are outlined online at www.msf-usa.org.
Beginners and Returning Riders
of any age
Our years of experience as an academic institution providing motorcycle safety education stand alone. Our Program Director has developed this program based upon safety needs of the motorcycling community. We are here to grow your confidence, providing insight to situations and strategies that build assurance in your responsibility as a safe motorcycle operator. You make the decision.
Mid-Week and Week-ends
Select 2 1/2-days or 2-days (BRC): $300
This is a riding and classroom course in our Rider Training Series. Put your focus to the test with this physically and mentally demanding course. A lot is packed into this training. The MSF allows for up to 12 students for every 2 RiderCoaches. FDU generally runs this course with 10 to 12 students.
Interactive classroom instruction prepares you with concepts and strategies for about ten hours of practical riding in a controlled, closed course environment. You will learn basic motorcycle operation, strategies to stay safe, and how to maneuver a motorcycle in tough situations - including swerving, avoiding collisions, special situations, lane changes and avoiding hazards. Successful completion qualifies you, with a valid NJ Driver’s license, to receive the NJ MVC Road Test waiver. Insurance premium discounts are available with some motorcycle insurers by showing the BRC Completion Card from the MSF.
Motorcycles and helmets are provided.
Student Training bikes are 125 cc and 250 cc engine size.
Our attention is to your safety. We provide standard training motorcycles along with current full-face and ¾ motorcycle helmets with face shields. Did your first bicycle have training wheels? We are your training wheels of motorcycles; building your safety awareness! Students may be removed if they cannot meet the safety objectives of riding exercises. A Written Knowledge Test is given in English; please be prepared. Let us know if you prefer to take the Oral Knowledge Test. BRC completion opens your safety journey to a 2-hour private lesson or the Additional Practice Riding Course (APRC) as the next stage in the Rider Training Series. Students may select a two hour private lesson on FDU or student-owned motorcycles. See our Intermediate Page for additional courses for more experienced riders.
Prerequisite: NO MOTORCYCLE PERMIT is needed with a current automobile Driver's License. No experience necessary, but you must have a good sense of balance and the ability to ride a bicycle. Minors must have a parent or legal guardian sign approval for taking a course. You must supply proper Riding Gear (we supply helmets) and NJ Driver’s License or Motorcycle Permit with Photo ID.
Please visit Registration and Requirements for taking this course.
Rider Course with Road Test Waiver
Students from New Jersey who have a current Driver’s License qualify for the NJ Road Test Waiver after successful completion of the MSF Basic RiderCourse (BRC). Sometimes our students do not successfully complete the BRC. Students scoring above 40 on their Road Test are recommended to retake the BRC.
What if I Fail the Road Test at FDU?
Is there a BRC Retest?
You have options. NJ MVC now allows us 180 days to offer a one-time retest those students who took the BRC and passed their Knowledge Test but not the Road Test. NJ MVC recordkeeping requirements apply. Call our office for details to decide which is the best retest option for you.
One-Time Retest Session MUST RETEST at FDU
Week-end 2-Hour Sessions Scheduled
Pre-registration Required: $50
With your RiderCoach recommendation, we provide one practice exercise and the retest option for your BRC Completion Card. Sessions are scheduled on selected weekends with one RiderCoach for up to 6 retest students.
Prerequisite: Taking the BRC at FDU within 30 days and scoring up to 26 points on your Skills Evaluation (Road Test). Bring your BRC Retest Voucher, License or Photo ID with Motorcycle Permit and your proper gear.
Private Remedial Lessons
2-hour Session: 1-on-1 coaching: $150
Add BRC Retest Fee: $25
This lesson includes remediation with our motorcycle and helmet based upon your Individual Skills Score sheet. As a returning student who has completed the BRC within 30 days you may obtain a retest upon RiderCoach recommendation after two hours of one-on-one instruction. Rider Training Series students may seek approval from Program Director to substitute two hours of the Remedial Lessons with Retest Option instead of the APRC after the BRC.
Prerequisite: Taking the BRC at FDU within 30 days and scoring up to 32 points on your Skills Evaluation (Road Test). Bring your BRC Retest Voucher with Individual Score sheet, proper gear, and License or Photo ID with your motorcycle permit. Minors need written parental approval.
Additional Practice Riding Course (APRC)
6-person classroom and riding with Retest Option: $150
Have you taken a basic course and need more practice? This class gives you an opportunity to further develop the skills learned in an entry level course. You must have recently taken a basic MSF course, regardless of passing. This offers a minimum of four hours that includes classroom and riding time. We provide motorcycles and helmets. Your RiderCoach will help you prepare for the retest. You decide. (You may retest within 6 months of your BRC after 4 hours of state required training if your BRC was more than 30 days from your retest date.)
Prerequisite: Minors must have a parent or legal guardian sign approval for taking a course. For the Retest Option: you must have taken the BRC at FDU within 180 days and scored up to 40 points on your Skills Evaluation (Road Test). Bring your BRC Retest Voucher with Individual Score sheet, NJ License or Permit, and gear.
What if I fail the Retest?
You still have options: Retake the BRC (we provide a discounted rate for returning strudents); OR take your road test at one of the NJ MVC Driver Testing Centers.
Can I take the Retest at another location?
You may take the Additional Riding Practice Course at another location before retesting there. This includes additional riding and possible classroom instruction. State regulations apply so check with us before signing up at another location. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Rider Safety Training Series
MSF Basic e-Course
BRC > APRC or Private Lessons
Discount with advanced registration
You have the option to start learning with the online MSF e-Course (approximately $19.99). You can still start yout training with FDU if you opt not to take the MSF e-Course. The FDU learning package allows you, the student, to advance through a series of well-defined motorcycle safety courses. Manage your skill set by building upon your interest for motorcycling to a stronger appreciation of controls and riding skills. Move from beginner to intermediate rider as you complete the series with a small group in the APRC or with TWO HOURS of private instruction (your motorcycle or ours). Ride with Confidence!
Pre-register for the series and save $50. Program Director approval required to exchange sequence. One time no-charge BRC or private lesson date transfer allowed after BRC is concluded.
FDU Motorcycle Safety Education Program has been approved by the MVC Director of Driver Testing, to offer the NJ Motorcycle Safety Education courses.
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