motorcycle training

The Importance of Motorcycle Training Courses

Florida, “The Sunshine State” is a wonderful place to live and work and if you own or plan to own a motorcycle, whether 2 or 3 wheels, over 50cc’s, you must first obtain proper licensing as required by law. Being properly licensed is the first steps to becoming a safe rider and without the certificate of motorcycle training and the issuance of a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license you would be in violation of law according to Florida Statutes. Florida does recognize all other state motorcycle licensing endorsements and the basic skills course is not required except for Alabama licenses with a motorcycle endorsement included will be reciprocated only if a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course (BRC) has been completed.

New motorcyclists must take and pass the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or Basic RiderCourse updated (BRCu) through a FRTP authorized Sponsor before they can have the motorcycle endorsement added to their license, per Section 322.12(5)(a), Florida Statutes.

No one under 16 years of age may legally operate or be licensed to operate any of the following two or three-wheel motor vehicles on Florida roads, streets or highways: motorcycles, mopeds, motor-driven cycles, motorized scooters or electric helper-motor bicycles as defined in s. 316.003(2) F.S.

Steps to obtain a motorcycle endorsement…according to the State of Florida, Division of Motorist Services

• You must hold at least a valid Class E operator’s driver license.
• Complete the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or Basic RiderCourse updated (BRCu) motorcycle safety course with an authorized Sponsor.
• After you complete the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or Basic RiderCourse updated (BRCu), visit a driver license office or tax collector office that issues driver licenses and inform them that you completed the course. Upon providing proper ID and paying the required endorsement fees, your Class E license will be issued with a motorcycle endorsement.

To obtain a “Motorcycle Only” driver license you must…

• Be at least 16 years old, and if under 18, hold a Learner’s License for one year with no traffic convictions.
• Pass the same knowledge test as for a regular Class E operator’s driver license.
• You must complete the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or the Basic RiderCourse updated (BRCu) with an authorized Sponsor
• After you complete the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or the Basic RiderCourse updated (BRCu), visit a driver license office or tax collector office that issues licenses and inform them that you completed the required course. Upon providing proper ID and paying the required endorsement fees your “Motorcycle Only” license will be issued.
• Your license will be restricted to operating “Motorcycles Only.”

The attached website contains this and additional information required to operate a motorcycle whether you are a first time rider or an experienced motorcyclist. (Learn More)

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has authorized/licensed motorcycle training programs sponsors, (FRTP) Florida Rider Training Programs in most cities in and around Florida. The motorcycle training course is a 2-day course offered with experienced licensed trainers and approximately 5 hours of classroom training, the completion of a multiple choice test required, and 10 hours of intense riding on a closed field course, usually provided on a parking lot with coordinated exercises. There is a final road course exam that participants are required to pass and a copy of its completion is forwarded to the department of motor vehicle and a course completion certificate is issued. All courses are limited in size so reservations are required in most cases. All participates must wear over the ankle shoes, but additional gear such as helmets, gloves and motorcycles are provided in almost all courses.

These motorcycle training cover strategies and techniques on managing the riding experience and environment to safely operate a motorcycle on Florida’s highways.

1. Many techniques are trained to avoid hazardous situations that can arise in the day to day operation of a motorcycle vehicle.
2. The course helps cyclists calculate risk and develop techniques to anticipate and avoid crashes on the road.
3. The courses also offer approximately 10 hours of practice in on-cycle riding sessions to develop street-riding skills.
4. Professional trainers are employed to providing real life experiences and are an essential part of the attendee’s experience.

Florida crash studies have shown that motorcyclists who have attended rider courses are less likely to be involved in accidents and injury and fatality rates of untrained riders are much higher.

Below is a sampling of the motorcycle training courses available in the Pensacola area. The 2-day course price ranges from $180-$250 dollars. Many attendees make their decision based on individual course session offerings, instructor qualifications and the support each FRTP course offers. It is a good idea to review the level of information available on-line to make the right course choice.

Motorcycle Safety Courses, Pensacola, Florida
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Southern Motorcycle Safety Affiliated with Pensacola State College
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Rider Training Pensacola Harley Davidson Florida
Active or former military personnel and active first responders, (law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel) can enjoy a free motorcycle training course sponsored by Pensacola Harley, now thru December 31, 2016.
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BikerTraining.Net – BikerTraining.Net
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Artie Shimek makes no endorsement of any individual motorcycle rider school training but does believe that every licensed motorcyclist would benefit from the current drivers course especially if the training was taken over 10 years ago. There is also an advanced rider course offered by each school for a fraction of the cost of the basic rider program. These courses are for an experienced and advanced rider and the training better equips the cyclists from avoiding accidents and injuries that are occurring on our congested streets and highways.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Pensacola FL we are a very experienced accident law practice that specializes in motorcycle injuries and fatalities. We are currently accepting new clients and there are no fees or costs associated with you case unless we win money for you.


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