Riding a motorcycle or a scooter is an exhilarating experience.
But it also requires training and knowledge that may make the
difference between many years of riding enjoyment and a lifetime of
tragedy for you or your loved ones. Approximately 100 motorcyclists
are killed and more than 2,500 injured each year in Wisconsin
traffic crashes. And most of these deaths and injuries could have
been prevented. Riding a motorcycle or scooter takes more physical
skill and mental concentration than driving a typical motor vehicle.
Training and experience are critical to your safety.
lives and prevent injuries, the Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program
is striving to improve rider training and education as well as
motivate motorists to share the road. For a small fee, trained,
professional instructors guide riders through classroom and
on-the-bike instruction. Completion of the Basic Rider
Course (for motorcycles) qualifies students for their Wisconsin
Class M motorcycle license without additional skill testing.
Advanced training improves riders’ skills and keeps them sharp.
Courses are provided throughout Wisconsin during the riding season.
Well-trained and responsible riders along with motorists who
share the road will help reach the goal of reducing the number of
preventable traffic deaths to “Zero In Wisconsin.”
The Scooter Basic RiderCourse (SBRC) These
courses are the best place for new motorcycle or scooter riders to
start once they have made the decision to ride. The courses include
approximately six hours of classroom and 10 hours of
motorcycle/scooter riding exercises.
The 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse (3WBRC) This the
best place for new riders to start once they have made the decision to
ride a three-wheel motorcycle. This course includes approximately five
hours of classroom and eight hours of on-cycle riding exercises.
The Basic RiderCourse 2 (BRC 2) This course is
for riders who already possess basic riding skills and are either
returning to riding or are seeking a refresher course to practice and
renew basic riding skills. The course includes approximately three
hours of classroom and five hours of on-cycle riding exercises.
Improving Riding Skills
The Street RiderCourse 2 (SRC 2)
This course is for riders who wish to enhance their basic skills
and strategies to develop a deeper understanding of perceptual street
riding strategies. A brief classroom session is provided for
administrative activities and the Street Smart-Rider Perception
Program with the balance of the four- to five-hour course conducted on
various routes throughout the surrounding area.
The Ultimate Bike-Bonding RiderCourse (UBBRC)
This course is for experienced or seasoned riders and is designed
to improve a rider’s overall riding performance through smooth and
precise control operation as well as body positioning on the
motorcycle. Short classroom segments are woven into a full day (total
of eight hours) of a wide variety of riding exercises.
The Advanced RiderCourse (ARC)
This course is for experienced or seasoned riders who wish to
enhance their personal risk management, sharpen their perception and
hazard awareness, and improve their cornering, braking, and crash
avoidance skills. The course consists of approximately three-plus
hours of classroom and four-plus hours of on-cycle riding in a
The Introductory Motorcycling Experience (IME)
This is a “first-touch” experience/familiarization with a
motorcycle and is not intended to teach an individual to ride a
motorcycle. This experiential course is approximately 90 minutes in
length and helps potential riders make the decision about whether
motorcycling is for them.
The Safe Motorcyclist Awareness and Reaction Trainer (SMARTrainer)
The SMARTrainer teaches basic motorcycle controls, enhances hazard
awareness, and helps riders respond quickly to roadway and
environmental factors in a safe and controlled motorcycle-trainer
For more information contact: Greg Patzer,
Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program manager, Wisconsin Department of
Transportation (608) 266-7855;