Is the Basic Rider Course (BRC) required for a Texas motorcycle license?

Yes, effective September 1, 2009, a Texas law passed that required successful completion of an MSF Basic RiderCourse*. This applies to all riders 18 years of age and older or if you held a motorcycle license which has since lapsed.

If you are under 18 years of age: as a minor, you must have a valid learner’s permit or driver’s license to take our courses. In addition, participants under 18 years of age must have medical consent and course waiver forms signed by a parent or guardian in person at the training location in front of the coach or the forms must be notarized.

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If you have a motorcycle with a “J” or “K” restriction you may take the motorcycle on-cycle skill test at your local Driver License office instead of taking the Course.

For exact verbiage of the statute, read Texas Transportation Code §521.148

*Note, we now offer a one-day class to getting your motorcycle license IF you are an experienced rider. It is called the BRC2uLW (we didn’t make up the name). You can read about it here.

Do you offer three-wheeled motorcycles (trikes or Spyders) training?

Total Rider doesn’t currently offer 3-Wheel classes at this time.  You may want to check out the Can-Am site for more info and where classes may be offered.

Note, if you are trained on a 3WMC your license will be restricted to only a 3WMC.  A 2-wheel “M” endorsement covers all 2 and 3-wheeled motorcycles.  Students are required to use three-wheeled vehicles during the riding portion of the class.

Do you offer the Advanced Rider Course (ARC)?

No, Total Rider does not currently offer the ARC/MSRC.  The Advanced RiderCourse is designed for experienced motorcyclists and includes advanced riding techniques on a full-size range.

Attn Army: The Department of the Army POV Task Force has affirmed that the ARC will substitute for the Military Sport Bike Course for sport bike riders, and will be the equivalent of the BRC2 for Non-Sport bikes.

What is a Basic Rider Course (BRC)?

The best place to start once you’ve made the decision to ride. Covers the basics of operating a motorcycle and safety-oriented mental strategies. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for your use. Successful completion of this course, consisting of five hours of formal classroom activities and ten hours of riding instruction conducted over two or three sessions, including the Basic Riders Course Segment 1: E-course, will waive the license test unless you are a minor. The course may also earn you an insurance discount.