Motorcycle Safety

Program Office

CALL: (608) 246-5257

School of Human and Protective Services

Protective Services Education Building 100
1701 Pearson Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-5400

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Motorcycle Safety

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Motorcycle Safety courses teach real world skills and strategies as a foundation for safe motorcycling.  We will teach you skills and defensive riding tactics that could take years to learn on your own on a closed range.

Classes are offered April - October | Sign up starts February

You must complete the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic eCourse less than 30 days prior to starting your riding class.

Take the MSF Basic eCourse, print your certificate and bring it to class.

  • Basic Rider Course (BRC)

    These classes consist of ten full hours of actual range riding and six hours of classroom instruction from veteran riders trained and certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and approved by the WI Department of Transportation. The riding skills test is given at the end of the range portion of the class. Motorcycles are provided for use during the course.

    Class Schedule


    • eCourse certificate
    • Riding gear
  • Scooter Basic Rider Training (SBRC)

    Scooters are provided for the students which meet the specifications to require a class M license for on road operation.

    Scooters are integrated into the Motorcycle BRC classes. Contact the Motorcycle Office to reserve a scooter for your class.

    Class Schedule


    • eCourse certificate
    • Riding gear
  • Three Wheel Basic Rider Training (3WBRC)

    The 3-Wheel Basic Rider Course (3WBRC) is a basic, entry-level, learn-to-ride 3-wheel motorcycle training and education course. It provides the same fundamental skills as the Motorcycle Basic Rider Course, but on 3-wheel, 3-track motorcycles (excludes sidecars & Polaris Sling-Shot).

    It consists of both classroom and hands-on instruction. There are 9 riding exercises that take about 10 hours, 5 hours of classroom instruction, and a knowledge and skill test. Participants provide their own three-wheel motorcycle.

    Class Schedule


    • Valid motorcycle license OR valid WI Temporary Motorcycle Instruction permit
    • 3-wheel motorcycle (excludes sidecars and Polaris Sling-Shot types)
    • Proof of ownership: vehicle registration or insurance
    • Riding gear
  • Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2)

    The Basic Rider 2 course is designed for current motorcycle owners who have been riding for years but have never obtained a Class M motorcycle license. They build on motorcycle awareness, strategies to reduce risk, and riding skills. It is expected that students have already mastered clutch operation, shifting (if not automatic) and currently ride their motorcycle in traffic on the street. This is a great skills refresher or getting familiar with a new motorcycle. Successful completion results in a Wisconsin Skills Test Waiver, and BRC2 completion card.

    Class Schedule


    • eCourse certificate
    • Valid motorcycle license OR age 18+ with valid WI Temporary Motorcycle Instruction permit
    • Street legal motorcycle
    • Proof of ownership in rider's name: vehicle registration or insurance
    • Riding gear
  • Advanced Rider Training (ARC)

    This course is for experienced or seasoned riders who wish to enhance their personal risk management, improve perception and hazard awareness, and improve cornering, braking, and crash avoidance skills. The course is comprised of approximately three-plus hours of fast-paced classroom activities and five-plus hours of on-cycle riding that emphasizes cornering finesse, body positioning, and braking in a controlled riding environment. Even the most seasoned rider will be challenged by the activities offered in this course.

    Class Schedule


    • Valid motorcycle license
    • Motorcycle
    • Proof of ownership: vehicle registration or insurance
    • Riding gear



Students without proper riding gear are not permitted to ride and fail the course. You must wear a helmet while on the motorcycle.

Your helmet must be full or 3/4 face helmets that are DOT approved. No half helmets are allowed. Helmets are available for use for the Basic Rider and Scooter classes. Learn more about helmet safety from the Motorcycle Industry Council. 

Eye Protection

Eye protection must be in place while on the motorcycle.

Eye protection on the range includes goggles, clear or prescription glasses, sun glasses or a face shield mounted on a helmet. Clear eye protection is required when it gets dark. 


Gloves must be worn while on the motorcycle.

Any good strong glove will do as long as they fit. The gloves must be full fingered with no holes in the fingers. No fingerless gloves are allowed. 

Body Protection

A strong sturdy long sleeve shirt, swearshirt or jacket must be worn while on the motorcycle. 

Wear a heavy shirt, sweat shirt or jacket. No short sleeve shirts are allowed. Dress for the weather. We ride even if it gets cold. Dressing in layers is a good option. 

Long Pants

Long pants must be worn while on the motorcycle.

Sturdy pants like blue jeans, motorcycle pant or chaps are acceptable. No shorts are allowed. 

Foot Protection

Over the ankle foot protection must be worn while on the motorcycle.

You need to have good foot protection to protect your feet and ankles. Foot protection must cover the ankle bone. 

Rain Gear

We ride in the rain. To keep dry and warm you need some type of rain protection. It can be a one piece rain suit or a rain jacket and pants. No ponchos are allowed.

MSF eCourse

All basic motorcycle classes in Wisconsin require the MSF Basic eCourse.

Your class includes a uniqie access code. It will be emailed to you in 4-7 business days. Make sure you have an email associated with your student account.

The MSF Basic eCourse takes 1-4 hours to complete. It focuses on the basic concepts of motorcycling. From identifying a motorcycle’s controls to explaining how they work, the course also details a motorcycle’s basic operation, prepares a student to ride, provides strategies for common riding situations and more. Additionally, the eCourse outlines key safety concepts to promote responsible riding and risk-reducing behavior.