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Course Descriptions

Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)


RiderCourses at FDU

We have 20 YEARS as your Motorcycle Safety Training Academy in our NJ motorcycle school. Are you ready to enter the motorcycling community?

Have you always wanted to ride but don't know how to get your motorcycle license in NJ? Our Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) series is more than just using the controls of a two-wheeled vehicle. It moves you into your own* riding experience after you get your motorcycle license in NJ.

Build your confidence with student-centered learning techniques as you prepare for your NJ motorcycle license.
Ride  with FDU Motorcycles and Helmets (or bring your own*).

  • Intro to the Motorcycling Experience (IME); 2 (or so) hours
  • Basic RiderCourse (BRC); 20 hours (+ or -)
  • BRC Day2 Riding with Skills Test; 1 day; 5-6 hours (+ or -)

Take a day to tune-up your skills as you ride your own Motorcycle*

  • Basic RiderCourse 2 (BRC2); 1-day
  • Advanced RiderCourse (ARC); 1-day
  • Private Lessons for Returning Riders; 2 1/2 hours

* All student safety gear must be inspected for safety by RiderCoaches. NJ, NY, CT, PA Students Welcome.

Beginners and Returning Riders
Ages 17 and Above


Our years of experience as an academic institution providing motorcycle safety education stand alone. Our Program Director, as a co-founder of the NJ Motorcycle Safety Coalition (supported by NJ Highway Traffic Safety), 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 safety responsibility as a licensed motorcycle operator. You make the decision.

Basic RiderCourse (BRC): $325
Mid-Week and Week-ends

Select 2 1/2-days or 2-days BRC
Gift Certificates are available.

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 two levels of practical riding in about ten hours within 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. First Responders REBATE may be available at your local Harley-Davidson dealership. Not a Harley rider? Check with your local dealership for other Maufacturer rebates or discounts with your MSF Completion Card.

Motorcycles and helmets are provided for IME and BRC sessions.
Student Training bikes are 200cc, and 250 cc engine size.

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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.

Prerequisite: NO MOTORCYCLE PERMIT is needed with a current automobile NJ Driver's License for the IME or BRC. No experience necessary for the STARTER Series, 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 NOTE: 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 and may take the BRC Day2 riding for $175. Students scoring above 40 on their Road Test are recommended to retake the BRC.

If you are registered at FDU, please email with your registration confirmation to request the current electronic Handbook.

Rolling through the Rider Safety Training Series:
IME > BRC > BRC Day2 Riding > BRC2 > ARC > Private Lessons

Students may select the IME+BRC as their STARTER in the Series. BRC completion opens your safety journey to the BRC Day2 Riding as the next stage in the Rider Training Series. In the NOVICE series learning package, you renew your skill set as you extend your experience with another riding practice day - BRC Day2 Riding on FDU motorcycles. Select the BRC+BRC2 for the IMPROVED Rider Series. ADVANCED Rider Series includes BRC2+ARC and  your BRC2 may qualify for NJ 2-point reduction or insurance premium discount. See our Resources Page for supplemental information. Ride with Confidence on your own motorcycle* in the BRC2 and ARC.

Pre-register for the Series and SAVE. Program Director approval required to exchange sequence. Please visit Registration and Requirements for taking this course.

What if I Fail the Road Test at FDU?
Is there a BRC Motorcycle License ** Retest?

You have options. FDU now offers those students who took the BRC and passed their Knowledge Test but not the Road Test 30 days to return for a one-time retest . NJ MVC recordkeeping requirements apply. Call our office for details to decide which is the best retest option for you.

Students from New Jersey who have a current NJ 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. and will return for BRC Day2 Riding with retest. Students scoring above 40 on their Road Test are recommended to retake the BRC.

One-Time Retest Session MUST RETEST at FDU: $75
Week-end Practice exercise and retest
Pre-registration Required.

With your RiderCoach recommendation, we provide one practice exercise and the retest option for your BRC Completion Card. Sessions are scheduled on selected weekends as available.

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.

BRC Day2 Riding Session
Group Riding with Retest Option: $175

Have you taken a basic course and need more practice? This BRC Day2 Riding session give 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 day includes BRC Level 2 riding exercises and Skills Evaluation with classroom wrap-up. We provide motorcycles and helmets. Your RiderCoach will help you prepare for the retest**.

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 30 days and scored no more than 40 points on your Skills Evaluation (Road Test). Bring your BRC Retest Voucher with Individual Score sheet, NJ License or Permit, and gear.

Can I take the Motorcycle License** Retest at another location?

Check with your local NJ MVC Driver Testing Cetner to find out if you may take the Additional Riding Practice Course at another location before retesting there. This includes additional riding and possible classroom instruction if your BRC was over 30 days from retest. State regulations apply so check with us before signing up at another location. The State of NJ requires that records are transferred between training providers, not students. NO EXCEPTIONS.

What should I learn about Motorcycling?

IME + BRC + BRC Day2 Riding + BRC Refresh Day1 & Day2 Riding + BRC2 + ARC

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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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Experienced Riders

Defensive Driving Course Requirements
BRC2 on Student Motorcycle*

Basic RiderCourse-2
(License Waiver** available)
Classroom & Riding
(BRC2): $125
Passengers: $25 

*Current Motorcycle License is required. Student-owned vehicle require current registration and proof of insurance.
**NJ MVC rules apply. Successful completion of this course qualifies NJ riders for a two-point reduction of traffic violation points, and possible insurance discounts. (**License Waiver students must notify Office upon registration, and bring NJ Motorcycle Permit and NJ Driver's License to class).

BRC2 Prerequisites: Check Tire Pressure COLD, Ride to our Classroom.T-CLOCS Inspection.

Advanced RiderCourse
(Rate your Risk Scale)
Classroom & Riding (ARC): $150

Advanced Rider Challenge
Classroom Exercises and Advanced Riding Skills for Risk Perception

ARC Prerequisite: BRC2 preferred. Current Motorcycle License is required. Student-owned vehicle with current registration and proof of insurance. See BRC-2 for gear requirements. Students should complete a T-CLOCS motorcycle inspection list after registration, confirming the operation condition with which the motorcycle must comply. If, according to MSF standards, the motorcycle is in an unsafe state of repair, the student will not be allowed to continue with the program, nor will they be eligible for a refund.

Rider Safety Information

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Contact Information

(800) 338-3887
(201) 692-6500

(201) 692-6505

FDU Continuing Ed.
Dickinson Hall
140 University Drive
Room #1134
Hackensack, NJ

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Start with MSF
Basic e-course

You have the option to start learning with the online MSF e-Course (around $19.99). Determine if motorcycling is a good personal choice for you. This interactive online course administered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) introduces you to 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. Course fee for BRC may be adjusted with e-course receipt at time of registering for BRC at FDU.

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