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For individuals who want to learn how to ride a motorcycle or improve their current riding skills and knowledge, courses are offered throughout the state through the Indiana Motorcycle Operator Safety Education Program. The program is administered through the BMV and courses are conducted through ABATE of Indiana, Inc. A standard curriculum is taught at all training sites by rider coaches who are nationally certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), and who meet the additional requirements of the state program.

Why Take a Motorcycle Rider Education Course?

  • Motorcycles are specialized vehicles and require unique knowledge and skill to properly and safely operate them.
  • The motorcycle rider education courses offered in Indiana are designed to present critical information and skills through curricula developed by the MSF.
  • All rider coaches are trained according to the MSF standards, are certified by the MSF, and must meet all additional criteria required by the Indiana BMV.
  • Nationally, more than six million people have completed a rider education course since the first MSF curriculum was introduced in 1974. Since Indiana’s legislated rider education program started in 1987, over 100,000 Hoosiers have completed a rider education course.
  • Since the current program in Indiana started in 1987, motorcycle accidents and injuries have dropped dramatically and have remained significantly lower than before the program started.
  • Successfully completing a rider education course in Indiana waives the requirement for a state skills test to receive your motorcycle endorsement.

Course Availability

ABATE of Indiana, Inc. offers courses throughout the state – including Crown Point, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, Muncie, Richmond, South Bend, Terre Haute, and Washington. For additional information or to register for a course in your area contact:

http://www.abateonline.org/

800-232-2283
317-422-8474

Course Descriptions

Basic Rider Course (BRC)
The BRC is designed for the beginning rider, but is not limited to only new riders. Riders with experience also find the BRC to be an excellent course. Riders with more experience may consider the Basic Rider Course 2.
 
Courses can take anywhere from 15 to 20 hours to complete depending on weather, overall class progression and other factors. The BRC consists of classroom and on-cycle training, and can be completed in one weekend or four to five weekday evenings. Schedules, cost and locations are subject to change.

Cost
Indiana residents: $75
Out-of-state residents: $185

  • Training motorcycles provided.
  • Course materials provided.

Eligibility

  • Those under 18-years-old require parental consent.
  • No permit or license is required.
  • Successful completion of the course will waive the state skills test for licensing.

Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC 2)
The BRC 2 is designed for experienced riders who want to increase their knowledge of motorcycle dynamics and street riding strategies, practice advanced street riding skills on their own motorcycle in a controlled environment, and obtain his or her motorcycle endorsement if still riding on a permit.

Courses consist of five to six hours of on-cycle training with discussion sessions conducted between riding sessions. Schedules, cost and locations are subject to change.

Cost
Indiana residents: $50
Out-of-state residents: $75

Eligibility
All participants must have a currently valid motorcycle permit or endorsement. Motorcycle groups and organizations may arrange to take the course as a group.

All participants must have street riding experience and must ride their motorcycle to the course training site. All participants must provide proof of insurance and their motorcycle must pass an on-site safety inspection.

To continue in the course, all participants must successfully meet the objectives of the first riding exercise (control at low speeds) and all subsequent exercises. To successfully complete the course, participants must pass a riding evaluation. Successful completion will waive the state skills test for permit holders seeking a motorcycle endorsement.

Rider Coach Preparation Workshop (RCPW)
The Indiana Motorcycle Operator Safety Education Program is continuously looking for men and women who are interested in becoming motorcycle rider education coaches. The RCPW is described by rider coaches as one of the most rewarding experiences they have had in their motorcycle careers.

The 65-hour workshop is offered two to three times each year and provides the knowledge and skill needed to teach the BRC.

  • Cost - $25.00 (Participants are responsible for all travel, lodging and meals.)
  • All course materials are provided.

Eligibility

  • Have a motorcycle endorsement and a good driving record.
  • Own and/or operate a motorcycle on a regular basis.
  • Attend all phases of the instructor course and pass the course skills test, written test and student teaching assignments.
  • Must agree to the MSF’s and the Indiana BMV’s rules of professional conduct.
  • Completion of the BRC as a student is required prior to participating in the RCPW and will be arranged for the candidates.

Successful completion earns you national certification to teach the BRC anywhere in the United States and anywhere in the world where MSF curriculum is used. In Indiana, rider coaches are paid for the courses they coach, and are invited to attend state, national and international motorcycle safety conferences.

For an application to become a motorcycle rider education instructor, please contact:
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
100 North Senate Avenue, Room 481
Indianapolis, IN 46204
800-497-9979

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