FAQ

For more detailed information, please visit the course description page on our website.

  • Should I take the Basic RiderCourse or the Basic RiderCourse 2 (formerly the ERC)? if you do not have a motorcycle license, you are only qualified to take the Basic RiderCourse.
  • Do women take the course?  Definitely!
  • Do I need to have any riding experience to take the Basic RiderCourse? No.  We have taught thousands of people to ride that had very little or no experience at all.  Many had never been on a motorcycle in their life, not even as a passenger.  But, this does not mean that we have a 100% passing rate.  Not everyone learns at the same pace.  All students must know how to ride a bicycle before taking a class.
  • How long is the course? The Basic RiderCourse runs approximately 15-18 hours.  Usually running on Friday evening, all day Saturday and most of Sunday, depending on conditions. The primary structure of the BRC consists of three segments. Segment 1 is the MSF Basic e-Course, which is completed on your own, takes about 3-hours to complete and is required to be completed prior to the first class session. Segment 2 is the formal classroom component that usually takes 5-hours to complete. Segment 3 is the on-cycle component that typically takes 10-hours to complete.  The 3WBRC is a 2 day course.  The APRC RiderCourse runs approximately 8 hours. The Advanced and Basic RiderCourse 2 (formally the ERC) are one day classes running approximately 8 hours.  Time is divided up between classroom and range time.
  • Can I split up my Basic RiderCourse?  No. All days must be taken consecutively.  100% attendance is mandatory for your scheduled class.
  • How much does a course cost? The Basic RiderCourse is $325, 3 Wheel Basic RiderCourse is $325, Additional Practice RiderCourse is $125,   Basic RiderCourse 2 (formerly the ERC) is $125, Advanced RiderCourse is $150 and the 2UP RiderCourse is $130.
  • How do I enroll and guarantee myself a spot in the class? In order to enroll in the class, the preferred method of registration is to register online through our website using a credit card or debit card bearing the Visa/MasterCard logo. You can fax an application if you are paying with a credit card/debit card or you can mail an application to our office with a money order. We do not accept personal checks. We take
    Visa/MasterCard/American Express/Discover/debit cards that bear the Visa/MasterCard logo as well as money orders.
  • What do I need to bring to the course? You need to bring full fingered gloves, eye protection, over the ankle boots, long sleeve shirt or jacket and long pants.  Remember to bring your lunch, snacks, confirmation letter, workbook and valid auto license and/or a validated motorcycle permit.
  • Do I need a permit to take the Basic RiderCourse?If you have a valid auto license, then you DO NOT need a permit.  If you DO NOT have an auto license, you will need to obtain a validated motorcycle permit (passing the written and vision test) prior to taking the Basic RiderCourse.  While students from ALL STATES are welcome to participate in RENJ RiderCourses, only students with a valid NJ auto license qualify for the waiver of the written and road tests from NJ MVC if they successfully complete the Basic RiderCourse.
  • I don’t have an Auto License, how do I obtain a valid permit? Go to any Motor Vehicle office and tell them you want to get a motorcycle permit. They will give you a non valid permit.  You need to visit Motor Vehicle’s website and obtain the motorcycle manual and return to Motor Vehicle to take the written and vision test. You must pass both and then MVC will validate your permit. Go early. The test can be tricky and you must wait one week before retesting if you fail.  Since there are questions on drugs and alcohol, be sure to pick up an auto manual to study the drugs and alcohol section.  Permits expire after 90 days from the date of purchase, you can renew it for up to two years. You CANNOT take the course on an expired or invalid permit if you do not hold a valid auto license.
  • Can I get my license by taking the course?  Yes, if you hold a valid NJ auto license and pass the course, you will receive a knowledge test and road test waiver certificate that you take to a Motor Vehicle qualified testing facility to get your license. . *The Motor Vehicle Commission’s (MVC) Motorcycle Safety Education Program, and it’s providers, have agreed that the successful completion of our Basic RiderCourse will make you eligible for a waiver for taking the road test at the MVC.
  • What kinds of bikes are provided?  Do you have helmets? All of the motorcycles that are provided for the course are small training bikes.  They range from 100cc to 250cc.  We have Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha or Kawasaki motorcycles.  RENJ provides the helmets but if you have your own DOT approved helmet you may wear it.
  • Do we go into traffic during the course? No, all classes are held on an enclosed range.
  • How many students will be in the class? Twelve students are the maximum allowed.
  • Do you offer private tutoring? No, we do not offer private tutoring.
  • Do you teach the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Course? Yes, all of our courses are MSF and all of our RiderCoaches are MSF certified.
  • Are you for real about starting so early in the morning? Yes, you will be told to arrive very early in the morning.  There are several things to do before starting. If you are late, you may be dismissed from the class and will forfeit your fees. Try to be a few minutes early to your class.  We also suggest taking a dry run to your course location a few days before your course to make sure you know where you are going.  You cannot be late!
  • What happens if it rains? Since we ride in the rain, bring a rain suit and a change of clothes.  We never cancel on a forecast, so come to class prepared to ride.  If necessary, we will cancel at the site if it has been determined that the conditions are unsafe.
  • Who should take the Additional Practice RiderCourse (APRC)?  You have to meet certain requirements to take the APRC RiderCourse. See course description for APRC.
  • The early dates are booked up, how can I get to a class that is already full?  If you are looking to get into a class earlier than what you are scheduled for, keep an eye on our website.  When a student cancels/reschedules, the dates will pop back open.  If you are registered for a future class, please call our office to reschedule and we will do our best to get you in the earlier spot.  If you are not registered for a future class, and you see something you like, you can register at that time.
  • What is a “stand-by”? A stand-by is a person who may be registered for a later course, but shows up for an earlier one.  If there is a vacancy that person may have a chance to take a space in the class.  There is no guarantee if you attempt a stand-by position, but quite a few people were able to take the course this way over the years.  Pre-registering for the course is still the best way to guarantee a place in a class.