Actually, I was pretty surprised to see that Basic Riders Course (BRC) is booked up toughly for a month in advance (almost everywhere!).
What is BRC?
The Basic RiderCourse is a three-day course taught by RiderCoaches certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) using curriculum developed by MSF. Upon successful completion of the Basic RiderCourse, students are given a Certificate of Completion of Motorcycle Training (DL389). The motorcycle riding test given by the DMV may be waived with this certification and graduates may also qualify for insurance premium discounts with some motorcycle insurers.
RiderCoaches will start you off with straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping. You'll gradually progress to cornering, swerving and emergency braking. In the classroom you'll learn about the different types of motorcycles, their characteristics, and how they operate. The RiderCoaches, all experienced motorcyclists, will advise you on what to wear for comfort, visibility and protection. You'll find out how alcohol and other drugs affect your ability to ride safely. A very important segment of the course will show you how to create your own strategy for riding in traffic, and how to deal with critical situations. The course concludes with a knowledge test and skill evaluation.Why do I need it?
I'd like to get a) skills for handling bike safely (helpful), and b) get the rid of DMV behind-the-wheel test. I had one when I was getting my Class C (usual car) driving license, and, damn, I don't want it to happen again.