Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to pay for the class in advance?
Are debit or credit cards accepted for payment? 
Where are the classes taught? 
How old must I be to take the class? 
What qualifications do I need to take the class? 
What do I need to wear while taking the riding portion of the class? 
What if rain is forecast for the weekend or it rains during a class? 
Can I ride my own motorcycle when participating in the Basic Rider Course? 
What size motorcycles are provided as trainers? 
Can a trainer motorcycle be ridden in the Basic Rider Course II? 
What does the State of Arkansas require for a motorcycle endorsement? 
How does completing a Safety Course aid in getting a motorcycle endorsement on my Arkansas Drivers License?
Does completing a course entitle me to a discount on my insurance premium? 
Do motorcycle manufacturers offer incentives for taking the course? 
What does the law in the State of Arkansas state about wearing a helmet? 
Need a local Hotel? 

 

Active members of the National Guard have the tuition paid for by the Guard!


Do I need to pay for the class in advance?

If you want a guaranteed position on a particular weekend you must pre-pay.  If you are not pre-paid then you are on a 'stand-by' status, so if you show up and the class is full you will not be able to participate.

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Are debit or credit cards accepted for payment?

Unfortunately, debit or credit cards are not accepted.  Personal checks, money orders, or cash are the only means of payment.

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Where are the classes taught?

Currently classes are taught at facilities provided by Arkansas State University at the main campus in Jonesboro.

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How old must I be to take the class?

Minimum age is fourteen, (younger students can take the course if a parent or legal guardian is present for both the classroom and riding portions of the course).  If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign a waiver prior to participating in the riding portion of the class.

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What qualifications do I need to take the class?

Participants must be able to balance and ride a bicycle.  If it has been a long time since you rode a bicycle, it is suggested you ride again to regain your two-wheel balance.

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What do I need to wear while taking the riding portion of the class?

1.  DOT helmet (Loaner helmets are available upon request)
2.  Eye protection
3.  Full fingered gloves
4.  Long sleeved shirt or jacket
5.  Long sturdy pants
6.  Sturdy over-the-ankle footwear (Practical for riding with a low heel)

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What if rain is forecast for the weekend or it rains during a class?

Classes are held rain or shine unless the Rider Coach determines weather conditions render it unsafe to be outdoors; then students will have an opportunity to reschedule.  Heavy down pours can cause temporary delays but do not completely cancel the class.  If you do not arrive on time for the riding portion of the course due to a fear of rain, you will be considered a no-show and your tuition is forfeited.  If rain is in the forecast be prepared by bringing a rain suit or a change of clothing and shoes.

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Can I ride my own motorcycle when participating in the Basic Rider Course?

Yes, but we prefer you to ride a trainer motorcycle that we provide.  The course is designed to further develop some riding skills that you may have never attempted before.  It might be less intimidating to learn these maneuvers on a 300 pound motorcycle.

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What size motorcycles are provided as trainers?

We use 250 cc motorcycles or smaller that weigh around 300 pounds.

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Can a trainer motorcycle be ridden in the Basic Rider Course II?

Yes, if you have all ready completed the BRC with us you may again ride a trainer motorcycle.

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What does the State of Arkansas require for a motorcycle endorsement?

Two things are required 1.) Score 80% or more on a twenty-five question multiple choice written test. 2.) Practical riding test OR completion a rider safety course.  The written test is required to obtain a 60-day learner permit to practice riding skills (the riding portion of the test can be taken later on the same day as the written test but a motorcycle may not be ridden to the testing site to take the written portion of the test).  When the riding test is taken the applicant must show proof of insurance and registration.

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How does completing a Safety Course aid in getting a motorcycle endorsement on my Arkansas Drivers License?

Successful completion of any MSF Safety Course waives the practical riding portion of the licensing process in Arkansas; however the State's written test is still required.  This makes it possible to obtain a motorcycle endorsement on your license without actually owning a motorcycle.

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Does completing a course entitle me to a discount on my insurance premium?

Some insurance companies offer discounts on premiums for riders who successfully complete the course.  You should check with your insurance agent for details.

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Do motorcycle manufacturers offer incentives for taking the course?

To further support safety some manufacturers offer incentives such as gift certificates to be spent at a dealership for successful completion of the course.  Programs vary and are subject to change so check with your dealer for details.

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What does the law in the State of Arkansas state about wearing a helmet?

"Protective head gear must be by persons under twenty-one years of age."  This age restriction includes both the driver and/or passenger under twenty-one.

Further restrictions for young riders in Arkansas are:
"No driver under the age of sixteen years is allowed to carry a passenger."
"A child must be at least eight years old to be a passenger in the State of Arkansas."
"A signiture is required by parent or legal guardian to obtain a motorcycle endorsement for riders under the age of 18."

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Need a local Hotel?

If you need to spend the night in Jonesboro, a list of local Hotels is available upon request.

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Last update: September 5, 2015