Get your Motorcycle License

The Basic RiderCourse teaches the basic mental and physical skills needed for riding. In Indiana, this course provides a waiver of the written and riding licensing tests.

  1. Pre-requisites:
    • Able to balance and ride a bicycle
    • Possess either a driver's license or motorcycle learner's permit
    • Prerequisites may vary by jurisdiction
  2. What to Expect:
    • 15-hours of instruction (5 hours classroom/10 hours riding)
    • Range exercises include low-speed maneuvers and basic skills such as shifting, accelerating, braking, cornering, U-turn, lane change
    • You’ll be with the same group for the duration of your training
    • You’ll receive individual RiderCoach feedback while learning to ride
    • Motorcycle, helmet and books are provided
    • Types and models of motorcycles available vary. Ask your RiderCoach which training bike is best for you based on your height, weight or preferred riding style
    • If you have difficulty maneuvering your bike during low-speed exercises, ask your RiderCoach if you can switch to a different kind of motorcycle (i.e. standard, sport bike or cruiser)
  3. What to Bring:
    • Food/beverages for breaks and lunch
    • Your own riding gear if you prefer
    • Pen/pencil for classroom sessions
  4. What you MUST Wear:
    • Long-sleeve shirt or jacket
    • Long pants (heavy denim or riding pants recommended)
    • Over-the-ankle boots (sturdy, not canvas)
    • Eye protection (Eye/sun glasses or Helmet with faceshield)
    • Full-finger gloves (bring your own)
    • Full-face or ¾-face helmet (limited number available or bring your own)


Here is a List of the 14 Hands-on Riding Exercises in the 2 Wheel Course:

  1. Motorcycle Familiarization
    • Review T-CLOCS pre-ride inspection
    • Identify location and operation of important controls and major parts
    • Review mounting/dismounting procedures
    • Review elements of good posture
  2. Using the Friction Zone
    • Become skilled in using the clutch friction zone for control
  3. Starting & Stopping Drill
    • Coordinate the friction zone, throttle, and brakes to control the motorcycle
    • Start out and stop with precision and control
  4. Shifting & Stopping
    • Shift gears and stop smoothly
  5. Basic Skill Practice
    • Refine low-speed maneuvering skills
    • Refine throttle use and brake manipulation for corners
  6. Pressing to Initiate and Adjust Lean
    • Understand the maneuvering elements needed for negotiating curves
    • Experience the effects of handgrip pressure and handlebar movement to initiate and adjust lean
  7. Stopping More Quickly & Tight Turns from a Stop
    • Develop a feel for progressive braking pressure to stop more quickly without skidding
    • Practice making a sharp turn from a stop
  8. Stopping Distance Demonstration
    • Observe a demonstration of the reaction/braking parts of total stopping distance
    • To understand effects of speed on braking distance
    • To relate the results to intersection strategies
  9. Limited-Space Maneuvers
    • Refine maneuvering skills to allow turns in limited spaces
    • Learn the counterweighting technique
  10. Stopping in a Curve
    • Learn to maintain control while stopping in a curve
    • Understand traction management
  11. Curve Judgment
    • Improve skills for negotiating multiple curves
    • Understand the "search-setup-smooth" strategy
  12. Multiple Curves & Lane Changes
    • Practice negotiating curves and lane changes
    • Understand safety margins and gap selection
  13. Crossing an Obstacle & Swerving
    • Learn techniques for crossing over obstacles
    • Execute a basic swerve
    • Practice turning from a stop
    • Refine slow-speed weaves
  14. Skill Practice
    • Capstone exercise that combines a variety of maneuvers
  15. Skill Test
    • To assess basic skills using a cone weave, normal stop, turning from a stop, U-turn, quick stop, obstacle swerve, and cornering maneuver.
    • To demonstrate basic motorcycle control skills and ability to avoid an obstacle
    • To demonstrate ability to use the proper technique to negotiate a curve

The course concludes with a classroom knowledge test and hands-on riding skill evaluation. Once your RiderCoach hands you the course-completion card, you'll be happy knowing that you’ve gone the extra mile to develop your own safe riding techniques.

There are benefits to taking a RiderCourse besides learning important skills and strategies: Indiana will waive both the written and the riding portion of your motorcycle endorsement tests if you’ve successfully completed the Basic RiderCourse, and your insurance company might provide a discount on your insurance. Be sure to ask your agent!

Locations offered:

Columbus Airport
4800 Middle Rd.
Columbus, IN 47201

Richmond Site
2153 Williamsburg Pike