Motorcycle Rider Education Program
The Motorcycle Rider Education Program was established in 1992 to help new riders learn the needed skills on the roadways to be safe, as well as veteran riders to hone and improve their skills. The program is paid for in part by a portion of all motorcycle license and registration fees to help subsidize the costs of providing the classes.
The program is administered though the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and overseen by the Motorcycle Safety Education Commission.
- You must take the written test at the local circuit clerk's office to get your instruction permit even when completing the course.
- You can take the written test either before or after completing the course.
- Motorcycle instruction permits are good for one year and can only be renewed once. After that, one of the skills waiver courses are required to obtain your full endorsement.
- Instruction permit holders are not allowed to carry passengers and MUST wear a helmet on the roadways.
- All riders and passengers under the age of 21 MUST wear a helmet on the roadways.
- To become an instructor, see the site provider nearest you.
BRC (Basic Rider Course)
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. The course consists of five hours of formal classroom activities and ten hours of riding instruction conducted over two or three sessions, plus skill tests. The course may also earn you an insurance discount.
BRC2 (Basic Rider Course 2)
For riders who already have basic skills. Similar to the BRC except speeds are higher, and you should be on your own motorcycle. An excellent refresher course for practicing and renewing riding skills. Includes an informal classroom component for discussing safety concepts based on past riding experiences and current knowledge.
RRBRC (Basic Rider Course Returning Rider)
This program combines elements of BRC and BRC2 and includes knowledge and skill tests. It is designed for riders who already possess basic skills but have not ridden for several years. Even if you were a good rider back in the day, traffic patterns have changed, and motorcycles have evolved. For example, technology has provided better handling, less weight, and more power within each engine displacement category. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for your use.
BRC3W (Basic Rider Course 3 Wheel)
The best place to start once you've made the decision to ride a three-wheel motorcycle, whether the two wheels are in the back or the front. The course consists of four hours of classroom activities and eight hours of on-cycle riding exercises, plus knowledge and skill tests. The course may also earn you an insurance discount. You must bring your own three-wheel motorcycle.
DBS (Dirt Bike School)
Covers basic operating skills and principles for negotiating the varying terrain involved in off-highway riding. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for you use. Many street riders begin as dirt riders since the physical operating skills are similar, but the dirt environment is more forgiving than the street. This course is conducted entirely outdoors in an off-highway area. It is not a license waiver course.
Total Control ARC
No matter what you ride - or where you ride - riding skills are more important than ever for safe, fun motorcycling. Unfortunately for experienced riders, there is a large gap between basic riding courses and the many racetrack schools around the country. Many riders are interested in improving their skills but are unwilling to take on the additional risks associated with a high-speed environment. If you fit into the "I'm interested, but..." group, you're not alone. In fact, if you add up all the attendees of all the race schools together, they only represent a tiny percentage of street riders. This is not to say they are not good school. To the contrary, they have much to offer. But they are not for everyone. Fortunately, Lee Parks' Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic - Total Control Arc - has a solution for those experienced riders "caught in the middle", as well as those track-day junkies and racers who want to be able to further enhance their skills in a controlled environment with expert instruction.
- BRC - Helps to prepare for the written permit test.
- Attain a skills waiver for motorcycle endorsement when taking the BRC, BRC2 or RRBRC.
- Free for students under 18 (must have a guardian signature)
- Insurance discounts (see your insurance agent for details)
- Ride with confidence by learning from professionally-trained instructors.
What you need
For the BRC and RRBRC, motorcycles and helmets are provided for your use. Students taking the BRC2, ARC and BRC3W must bring their motorcycle, license, registration and proof of insurance. You should arrive at all classes with the following items:
- DOT-approved helmet (loaners available)
- Protective eyewear
- Jacket or long-sleeved shirt
- Long pants with no holes, rips or tears
- Sturdy over-the-ankle footwear (must cover the ankle bone)
- Full-fingered gloves
- Rain gear - optional (see local weather forecast)
Site Providers (contact the closes site to schedule a class)
Balance Dynamics Motorcycle Training Center
142 Mullen Drive
Walton, KY 41094
Attn: Bill or Dinah Meister
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Email: Bill Meister or Dinah Meister
Classes offered: BRC, BRC2, RRBRC, Total Control ARC
Bluegrass Harley Davidson
11701 Gateworth Way
Louisville, KY 40299
Attn: Tim Jenne
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Classes Offered: BRC, BRC2
Harley Davidson Bowling Green
251 Cumberland Trace Rd.
Bowling Green, KY 42103
Attn: Randy Deere
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Classes Offered: BRC, BRC2 - 3 wheelers welcome
Derby City Motorcycle Rider's Training School
4157 Park Blvd
Louisville, KY 40209
Attn: Travis Cochran
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Classes Offered: BRC, BRC2, 3WBRC, RRBRC
Kentucky Driving School
3715 Bardstown Road, Suite 410
Louisville, KY 40218
(502) 456-5266 or 451-7230
Training Site Location: 4809 Poplar Level Rd.
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Classes Offered: BRC, BRC2
Man-O-War Harley Davidson
2073 Bryant Road
Lexington, KY 40509
Attn: Josh Bentley or Bruce Young
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Classes Offered BRC, BRC2
750 Sutton Memorial Drive
Leburn, KY 41831
Attn: Tim Cody
Classes Offered: BRC, BRC2, RRBRC, Dirt Bike School, ATC and UTV Training
Wildcat Harley Davidson
575 E. Hal Rogers Parkway
London, KY 40741
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Classes Offered: BRC, BRC2, and coming soon ARC, 3WBRC