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Basic Rider Course 2 (Formerly ERC) Fee: $55.00

If you're comfortable on your own motorcycle and ready to try something new, the ERC is exactly what you're looking for, whether you're relatively new to motorcycling or have been riding for years. Based on findings from motorcycle crash research, the course covers mental strategies, traction, and risk management. Braking, cornering, and swerving techniques are practiced during the on-cycle exercises. We recommend that you have at least one year or 1000 miles riding experience before enrolling in this course. You can choose to tow a trailer in the course. Five hours range only.

General Information

  • You'll ride your own motorcycle that's street legal and insured.
  • Students must be proficient in the basic skills of clutch control, straight-line riding, turning, shifting, and stopping.
  • You'll get about five hours of instruction. On-cycle portions of the course are conducted on closed-off parking lots.
  • This program is accredited by the national Motorcycle Safety Foundation and licensed by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
  • This course does not meet State licensing requirements for students under the age of 18.
  • Students cannot earn their motorcycle license endorsement through this course.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be at least 16 years old. Parents of those under the age of 18 must sign a consent/release form prior to on-cycle instruction.
  • Students must possess a valid driver's license with motorcycle endorsement or the appropriate motorcycle instruction permit.
  • You ride your own motorcycle, any size, in the course. Your bike must be street legal, licensed, insured, and comply with the equipment requirements outlined in the Minnesota Motorcycle Manual. You must show proof of insurance to the Instructor.
  • Students furnish their own protective clothing (eye protection, long sleeves, long pants, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle footwear, and DOT-approved helmet) and rain gear is highly advisable.
  • Generally, courses run rain or shine. However, the instructor may postpone the course because of weather conditions.
  • To successfully complete the course, 100% attendance is required. Registration and tuition are required prior to first day of the course. The tuition is $55.

Overview of the Instructional Plan

Range Exercises:

  • Control at Low Speed
  • Control—Skills Practice
  • Stopping quickly
  • Limited-Space Maneuvers
  • Cornering Judgment Cornering Finesse
  • Stopping Quickly in a Curve
  • Hazard Avoidance: Swerving and Stopping Quickly
  • Multiple Curves

Registration Information

NOTE: You will need the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader software to access the motorcycle Schedule of Classes and registration form. You can download and install Acrobat Reader from Adobe's web site by clicking on the Adobe Reader icon.


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