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Motorcycle Training FAQ

Q: HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A COURSE?
A: All registrations must be completed online. Payments are required at the time of your reservation and can be made with your credit card. View Course Schedule/Registration

 

Q: HOW DO I CANCEL OR CHANGE MY REGISTRATION?
A: To reschedule or cancel, call the office at 651.846.1800 no later than one week, or five business days before the course date. See Rescheduling, Withdrawal and Refunds for more information.

 

Q: DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE INSTRUCTION?
A: No. If you would like private instruction, contact the Rider Academy at 612.670.7402 or go on the internet at www.rideracademy.com. This is a private company and they are not affiliated with us.

 

Q: CAN SPECIAL TIMES BE RESERVED FOR A GROUP?
A: Yes. Motorcycle clubs and/or groups can reserve an Experienced Rider Course time slot by calling our office at 651.846.1800. This service is not available for the Basic Rider Course. Due to the size of our range, maximum enrollment is limited to 12 riders. If your club or group has less than 12 riders and you do not purchase all available seats, we reserve the right to open up the remaining seats to the public.

 

Q: HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT BEFORE TAKING A COURSE?
A: Basic Rider April, May, June and July courses usually fill up fast. There will be a 2 to 3 month waiting period during this time. Courses beginning in August or later usually slow down and the wait might only be as long as or less than a month. To enroll in an early course, you should register in January or February.

The wait for Moped seats is only a couple of weeks throughout the season but seating is limited. We can take a maximum of four Moped students per week.

 

Q: HOW IS THE BASIC RIDER COURSE STRUCTURED?
A: The Basic Rider Course is a 14.5 hour course that combines classroom discussion and practice riding on a motorcycle. The classroom discussion helps you prepare for the on-cycle riding portions of the course. Classroom topics include protective gear, mind and machine preparation, risk management, rider responsibility, street strategies, special riding situations and alcohol. The ten-hour riding portion of the class covers the basics of straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping and the advanced skills of counter steering, cornering, swerving and emergency braking. Moped students take the classroom only.

 

Q: WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR A MOTORCYCLE LICENSE?
A: Most people taking the basic rider course want to obtain their motorcycle endorsement on their driver's license. Two sets of rules apply and it all depends on your age! If you already have a driver's license, and are over 18 years of age, one set of rules apply. If you are under 18, a different set of rules apply. Read the following carefully:

RULES FOR OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE

In order to get an endorsement, you first must have a driver's license and a motorcycle permit. A permit is not required to take the Basic Rider Course. A permit is required only if you want a motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license and most people fall in this category.

Permits may be obtained at any Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) office that conducts written examinations. As of the date of this document (October, 2010), the permit fee is $21.00. Free study guides are available at their office or at www.motorcyclesafety.state.mn.us

To attend the weekend range exercise, participants must furnish their own protective clothing including eye protection, long sleeves, long pants, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle footwear and DOT approved helmet.

The range exercises consist of very basic skills including mounting the motorcycle, identifying the controls and starting and stopping the engine. In addition, participants learn clutch and throttle control, riding posture and the basic skills of straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping. Finally, advanced skills such as limited-space maneuvers, counter steering, cornering and swerving are practiced.

If you successfully complete the Basic Rider Course, the DVS skills test for your permit will be waived. Simply return to a DVS office, pay an $11 fee and they will endorse your driver's license for motorcycles.

If you do not plan or want a motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license, a permit is not required for the class.

You do not need a Minnesota permit if you are a resident of another state and have a valid driver's license and/or permit from that state and you have no intention of becoming a Minnesota resident.

RULES FOR UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE

Participants under 18 years of age must have a valid driver's license or driver's permit and be at least 15 years of age. This course is required in order to obtain a motorcycle permit or endorsement.

Participants must bring the same protective gear eye protection, long sleeves, long pants, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle footwear and DOT approved helmet.

Students will participate in the same range exercises as the over 18 group.

Upon successful completion, the participant will be given two cards (certificates) to take to a DVS exam station. One certificate will allow the participant to take the state knowledge (permit) test and the other certificate will allow the participant to take the state skill test for the motorcycle endorsement.

 

Q: WHAT ABOUT MOPED PERMITS?
A: A MOPED is defined as having 50cc or less, cannot exceed 2 horsepower and is capable of no more than 30 mph.

Anyone with a driver's license may legally ride a moped on the street. No further action is required although we recommend enrolling in the course to sharpen up your defensive riding strategies, develop good riding skills and reinforce the use of protective riding gear.

If you are at least 15 years of age and without a driver's license, you can earn a moped permit. You must take our Thursday evening course. Upon successful completion of the course, we will then issue you a certificate to take to a DVS exam station where you must then pass a knowledge test and skill test. As of the date of this document, the fee for the moped knowledge test is $6 and the skills test is also $6.

 

Q: DO I HAVE TO SIGN A WAIVER OF LIABILITY?
A: All range participants must sign a Waiver and Release of Liability. Your participation in the course and use of our equipment may result in serious bodily injury; including strains, fractures, partial or total paralysis, other temporary and permanent disabilities and even death.

All students under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian sign the waiver.

 

Q: CAN WISCONSIN RESIDENTS TAKE THE COURSE?
A: The state of Wisconsin recognizes the Minnesota Basic Rider course. Wisconsin residents seeking a Wisconsin motorcycle endorsement may take our class.

 

Q: WHAT ABOUT OTHER STATES?
A: Many states will accept rider training completion cards from Minnesota. States that have indicated they will accept Minnesota training include Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. If your state is not listed here, assume they will not accept Minnesota Training Completion Cards.

It is the student’s responsibility to contact the motorized vehicle department of their home state and secure the necessary forms, if any, for us to complete.

 

Q: WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?
A: Range exercises for both basic and advanced rider courses will run in all weather conditions. Be prepared for rain, snow, wind, cold or heat. We suggest that you check the forecast for the weekend prior to your arrival at the range. You may wish to dress in layers for warmth during colder periods or bring rain gear. The only time the range will be postponed is if the weather turns severe.

 

Q: CAN I RIDE MY OWN MOTORCYCLE IN THE BASIC RIDER COURSE?
A: Yes, you may bring your own bike as long as it is street legal and you have proof of insurance. The engine displacement must be 500cc or less with an unladen weight of 400 pounds or less.

 

Q: HOW HARD IS THE CLASS?
A: Do most people pass the Basic Rider Course? Yes, but not all. The Basic Rider Course is designed for those who have never ridden a motorcycle. Most people pass but it is not uncommon for some people to repeat the class.

 

Q: HOW MANY TIMES CAN I TAKE THE CLASS?
A: Students can take the class as many times as they wish; however, riders who have already failed a state and/or MMSC skill test twice previously are not eligible for the State Skill Test Waiver. All subsequent skill tests for a motorcycle endorsement must be taken at a DVS examining station.

 

Q: HOW MANY TIMES CAN I TEST WITH MY MOTORCYCLE PERMIT?
A: Twice. We can NEVER give a student a third skills test. If the student has taken the skills test at a DVS station or MMSC partner college and failed, we can only test them one additional time. If the student has previously taken the skills test twice at a DVS station or MMSC partner college, we cannot test them. The student can still take the course and earn their MSF course completion card but they would not be eligible for the skills test waiver.

 

Q: DO YOU KEEP WAITING LISTS FOR A PARTICULAR CLASS?
A: We do not maintain wait lists for any course. All registrations are received on a first-come first-served basis.

 

Q: WHAT IF I CAN'T ATTEND ALL OF THE SESSIONS OR I AM LATE FOR CLASS?
A: Curriculum standards require 100% attendance at both the Classroom and the Range. Coach/instructors will dismiss anyone who is late or misses any part of the entire course. There is no refund should this happen.

 

Q. CAN I SPLIT THE CLASSROOM AND RANGE EXERCISES OVER SEVERAL WEEKS?
A: No. The program is designed for a one weekend experience. You cannot take the classroom one week and the range another week.

 

Q: WHERE ARE THE CLASSES HELD?
A: Classroom sessions are held at Saint Paul College - Customized Training & Continuing Education, Drake Bank Building, 60 East Plato Blvd, Suite 150, St. Pau, MN. We are conveniently located just east of downtown St. Paul. You will receive a map with your confirmation email or you can visit our directions & parking page.

Directions for the weekend range sessions will be distributed at the Thursday evening classroom session. Weekend range exercises are held in one of the parking lots behind our main campus building at 235 Marshall Aenue.

 

Q: WHAT ABOUT COURSE FEES AND PAYMENT REQUIREMENTS?
A: Registrations and payments can be made in one of three ways:

1) the preferred method is to pay online with a credit card.  Go to Course Registration/Pay Online.

2) You can come to our office at 60 East Plato Blvd, Suite 150, register and make your credit card payment online with one of our registration computers.

3) If you choose not to pay with a credit card, you may stop by our office, fill out a registration form and make your payment with a check.

No reservations can be accepted without payment.

The 2011 fees are as follows:

Basic Rider Course $160
Moped Course $25
Experienced Rider Course $55
Scooter Basic Rider Course $160
Scooter Experienced Rider Course $55
Introduction to a Motorcycle $55
Late cancel or rescheduling charges $30

 

Q: WHAT ABOUT REFUNDS?
A. Please read the following policy which should answer your questions:

RESCHEDULING, WITHDRAWAL, AND REFUNDS

Rescheduling: Students are allowed one rescheduling change per season. Rescheduling request must be made no later than 5 business days (one calendar week) prior to the start of the class in order to give us an opportunity to resell your seat to someone else.

Withdrawals and refunds: If you wish to withdraw and receive a refund, you must let us know no later than 5 business days (one calendar week) prior to the start of the class. If you withdraw from the class five days or less, you will not receive a refund, but we will move your registration to another class only. Any refund at this point would require an authorized emergency hardship form, and is decided by the college on an individual basis.

In no case will a refund of any amount be issued on or after the day the class is scheduled to begin. For example:

If you miss a class (no show), there will be no refund.

If you show up for class without having obtained a permit, there will be no refund.

If you have skills tested twice at DVS or elsewhere and failed both times, there will be no refund. We cannot endorse a third skills test attempt regardless if you pass or fail.

If you are dismissed from class for behavior issues, there will be no refund.

If you are dismissed from class because you didn't bring the required protective gear to the range (eye protection, long sleeves, long pants, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle footwear and DOT approved helmet) there will be no refund.

If you are dismissed from class because you didn't bring the required protective gear to the range (eye protection, long sleeves, long pants, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle footwear and DOT approved helmet) there will be no refund.

If you drop the course or are dropped for ANY reason on or after the scheduled start day of the course, there will be no refund. Anyone wishing to attend another class session must pay the regular rate for that seat.