ABATE of Iowa, Inc.

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Rider Education 2017

ABATE of Iowa, Inc. is a proud sponsor of Iowa's quality Motorcycle Rider Education (BRC) program administered by the Office of Driver Services of the Department of Transportation.  Iowa's BRC program teaches the "Basic Rider Course" (BRC) of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF).   ABATE of Iowa provides motorcycle rider training at various locations throughout the State of Iowa. Our instructors are Iowa-licensed, MSF-certified and are all experienced motorcyclists.   The BRC is aimed at beginning riders of all ages and utilizes curriculum and materials developed by the MSF.

 

WHY THERE IS A NEED FOR RIDER EDUCATION

A motorcycle rider's judgment is critical.  In single-vehicle crashes, rider error is the most common cause.  Crashes with other vehicles also occur because either one or both operators make errors in judgment.  Many collisions and injuries could have been avoided if the motorcycle rider had known when and how to swerve or brake.
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT BRC

  • Do I need to bring a motorcycle?  No, motorcycles are provided.
  • What is the cost of the course?  $150.00 for Basic Rider, $75.00 for Returning Rider Basic Rider and Basic Rider 2 and $180.00 for Basic Rider - Three Wheel.
  • What type of driver's license do I need to take the course?  You must have either an automobile driver's license or learner's permit; or a motorcycle driver's license or learner's permit.
  • Is there a minimum age for attending?  Yes, you must be 14 years of age or older at the first class meeting.
  • Is the course required to receive a motorcycle driver's license?  Yes, if you are under the age of 18, you are required to successfully complete the BRC to obtain a motorcycle license.  All graduates MAY have the DOT driving test waived for the motorcycle license.
     

MOTORCYCLE RIDER COURSE/RIDING AND STREET SKILLS (BRC)

The BRC course will include approximately fifteen hours of instruction:

  • 10 hours of on-cycle instruction
  • 5 hours of classroom instruction
  • Use of motorcycle (and helmet if needed)
  • Course textbook
     

WHAT THE BRC COURSE WILL DO FOR YOU

To meet the challenge of motorcycling, a rider needs skill and knowledge.  The BRC course will give you the physical skills to make your motorcycle perform like an extension of yourself and the knowledge to apply those skills appropriately.

In the BRC course you will practice and develop the four fundamental riding skills:

  • Straight-line riding
  • Turning
  • Shifting
  • Stopping

Then you will expand these basic skills into street-riding skills:

  • Advanced turning techniques
  • Maximum-braking techniques
  • Swerving

You will also learn and practice the mental skills needed to develop:

  • Street-riding strategies
  • The ability to deal with special situations

Increasing these skills through training and practice will increase your riding enjoyment and decrease your chance of a mishap.

The BRC does have a written test and a riding skills test.  Successful completion of BOTH tests is required to received DOT certificate of completion - with which the DOT MAY waive the riding portion of the motorcycle license testing.

This course is required by Iowa law to obtain a motorcycle operator's license for all residents under the age of 18.  Persons under 18 years of age must have written consent (forms provided) of their parent or guardian at the first class meeting.

You may be eligible to receive a discount on your motorcycle insurance after completing this course.

 

Basic Rider Course (BRC)

The beginning rider and the intermediate rider will both gain from this 15 hour course.  The course is designed for inexperienced riders and riders who would like to improve their riding skills.  Anyone who is at least 14 years old may take the course.  Students under 18 must have parent sign a waiver at class, unless other arrangements ahead of time.

Motorcycles are provided for use during the course.  Students must bring full-finger gloves, long sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants and sturdy over-the-ankle footwear.  Helmets and eye protection must be worn and will be provided for students who do not have their own.  No one will be allowed to ride without this equipment.

Students must complete an eCourse before class.  It will take approximately 3 hours to complete.  The cost is included in the tuition price.

 

Returning Rider Basic Rider Course (RRBRC)

This is an 8 hour class designed for riders who possess basic skills, but haven't been riding in a while, or need to get their license. Successful completion may result in a DOT waiver. This class takes 1 day. Students must be 18 to take this class.

Motorcycles are provided for use during the course. Students must bring full-finger gloves, long sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants and sturdy over-the-ankle footwear. Helmets and eye protection must be worn and will be provided for students who do not have their own. No one will be allowed to ride without this equipment.

Students must complete an eCourse before class. It will take approximately 3 hours to complete. The cost is included in the tuition price.

 

Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2)

For riders who already have basic skills. It is similar to the BRC except the speeds are higher and riders will be riding their own motorcycles. It is an excellent refresher course for practicing and renewing basic riding skills. There is a classroom portion.

Students must bring full-finger gloves, long sleeve shirt or jacket, long pants and sturdy over-the-ankle footwear. Helmets and eye protection must be worn and will be provided for students who do not have their own. No one will be allowed to ride without this equipment.

Students must complete an eCourse before class. It will take approximately 3 hours to complete. The cost is included in the tuition price.

 

Basic Rider Course- 3-Wheel

The best place for a new rider to start once they've made the decision to ride a 3-wheel motorcycle (3WMC). This class will be approximately 14 hours.

Students must bring full-finger gloves, long sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants and sturdy over-the-ankle footwear. Helmets and eye protection must be worn and will be provided for students who do not have their own. No one will be allowed to ride without this equipment.

Students must provide their own 3WMC for this  class. If the student does not own the 3WMC, written permission is required.

A 3WMC must meet the following design requirements:

1. Three-track wheel orientation (leaves three separate tracks during straight line operation)

    Dual wheels may be in the front or the rear

2. Motorcycle-based conversion or design

    Handlebar steering

    Motorcycle-type controls arranged with the standard convention (convenience alterations such as a single brake pedal or lever control, automatic clutch, or automatic transmission are allowed)

   Saddle seating

        -Seating causes rider/passenger to straddle vehicle

        -If designed for a passenger, passenger must be seated behind operator

3. Turning diameter of the vehicle at its widest point must be less than 40'

4. The vehicle must meet all applicable federal/state on-road vehicle standards

 

Vehicles with the following designs will not be allowed in the 3WBRC

   Automotive hybrids or automotive conversions

   Motorcycles with sidecars

   Vehicles with automotive controls or seating

   Vehicles with rear or front mounted engines (engines must be mounted mid-frame below the rider)

   Vehicles with enclosed or semi-enclosed riding compartments

   Any other radical departure from the standard motorcycle design, unless such departures are required to compensate for a physical handicap

 

 

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