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Offline Adventurer

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Motorcycle Safety Program Courses
« on: May 01, 2017, 10:27:01 PM »
Does your State or Country offer Motorcycle Safety Program Courses?

They're worth looking into, if so, in my humble opinion.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (PA), in The United States of America (USA) currently offers all three of their Motorcycle Safety Program (PA MSP) Courses: Beginner's Riding Course (BRC), Return to Riding Course (BRC2) and ADVANCED Riders Course (ARC) FREE of charge, to all PA Residents and active duty military personnel, with proper credentials (PA Driver's License & Motorcycle Permit for BRC & BRC2; Motorcycle License for ARC).

(Documented completion of any of the above PA MSP courses may then qualify PA residents for up to a 5% policy discount with some motorcycle insurance carriers, too).

http://www.pamsp.com

I've taken all three of them, and recommend them regardless of how much or how little anyone's ridden.

Be safe out there and enjoy the ride!


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Re: Motorcycle Safety Program Courses
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2017, 10:33:48 PM »
$20 each in Illinois.  Great value and good instruction.  They only provide a motorcycle in the beginners course.

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Re: Motorcycle Safety Program Courses
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2017, 04:48:14 AM »
last I heard, they charge for them down here in SC, but I couldn't say how much.  Lats time I took one was the mandatory one the AF had so you'd be able to ride on base. 

Turns out, they scheduled the wrong class - they had the advanced class, so all the guys with the permit couldn't get credit for it.  Fortunately for me, I'd gotten mine from FL so I was good, along with a few others.

I've always felt that the US should fall more in line with some European countries in how we do driver and rider training.  Here, you can drive whith next to no training, and for riders, buy the biggest bike on the market with a learners permit.  Seems a little off, don't you think?

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Re: Motorcycle Safety Program Courses
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2017, 05:20:12 AM »
In NJ you have to pay for the courses which are offered an various places.  Very often at a motorcycle dealer.  They did not offer that in the stone ages when I got my motorcycle license.  Back then you got a permit and drove whatever you could find? 
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Re: Motorcycle Safety Program Courses
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2017, 06:06:14 AM »
In Michigan, the public courses are $25 for BRC.  You can't beat that deal and it gives you credit for your road test.  All you have to do is go pass your 10 question written test. 

Private courses are around $350.  I've not heard of any subsidization for the advanced courses though. 

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Re: Motorcycle Safety Program Courses
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2017, 07:13:07 AM »
NY your only real option is MSS -- Motorcycle Safety School -- which costs $350 in NYC or $275 elsewhere in the state for the Basic course that waives your DMV road test.  You have to take your written test first.  They run the courses on weekends at my workplace so it's convenient for me, but pricey.  There's another option for people with more than 30 hours of riding experience, but it's only about $50 cheaper.
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Re: Motorcycle Safety Program Courses
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2017, 07:45:17 AM »
They recently dropped BRC-RR, BRC-2, and ARC here in Ohio, but still offer BRC-1. Being military, i'm required to not only take BRC-1, but also a follow on course of my choice w/in a year. Since Ohio doesn't offer anything other than BRC-1, I have to drive out of state to take another course. As to not waste my time, i'd prefer to take ARC, which means driving my 700s at least 2-3 hours for a 8am start class, riding all day, and returning home. Doesn't sound like an attractive option, so i'm negotiating with the Ground Safety office to explore different options.

The Air Force used to offer a number of courses that were ran by the base safety office (ARC, BRC-1,2,RR, SportBike rider's course), but stopped a few years back due to dropped funding.

All-in-all, i'd highly recommend any and all courses to new riders. It's a huge confidence booster, and made riding way more comfortable and enjoyable.

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Re: Motorcycle Safety Program Courses
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2017, 08:18:46 AM »
MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) courses are frequently offered in MN.   Highly recommended. 

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Re: Motorcycle Safety Program Courses
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2017, 06:07:19 PM »
I took the ARC a few years ago. It was an enjoyable day and a good experience. At the time I had to join ABATE of Indiana for $25/year and the course was free.

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Re: Motorcycle Safety Program Courses
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2017, 08:57:38 AM »
$20 each in Illinois.  Great value and good instruction.  They only provide a motorcycle in the beginners course.
Did they drop the ERC here in Illinois? That was a truly great class and I learned a lot.
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Re: Motorcycle Safety Program Courses
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2017, 03:03:46 PM »
I don't see ERC through the MSF  program offered via Harper College. Only BRC, IRC (for returning riders), and ARC.

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Re: Motorcycle Safety Program Courses
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2017, 09:13:50 PM »
From what I understand, the MSF ARC is the new ERC.  Although the base I'm stationed on still offers the ERC on base, I haven't seen it anywhere else.
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Re: Motorcycle Safety Program Courses
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2017, 10:33:24 PM »
They might have.  I took BRC and ARC in 2014.  Also, technically $20 is to reserve a spot which you can get back or choose to donate back to school.

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Re: Motorcycle Safety Program Courses
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2017, 12:00:09 AM »
ERC was "Experienced Rider Course". It may have morphed into one of the other offerings.
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