Free Motorcycle Courses

The Cycle Rider Safety Training Program (CRSTP) offers courses for riders of all skill and experience levels. These training courses are FREE to any Illinois resident 16 years of age or older who holds a valid automobile or motorcycle driver’s license or permit. Persons under 18 years of age must have written consent of parent or legal guardian.

Benefits of the CRSTP

  • Teaches all riders how to safely and confidently operate a motorcycle
  • Help riders to manage their risk and increase skills through riding and class room instruction
  • Riders sharpen knowledge and riding skills to become a better, safer motorcycle rider
  • After successfully completing the BRC or IRC, the riding and written portions of the Illinois motorcycle license test are waived to graduates 18 or older.
  • Successfully completing a CRSTP course may qualify you for insurance discounts
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What We Offer

BRC - Beginner Course

Watch this clip of the Basic Rider Course

The BRC is a multimedia training program designed to teach and improve your street riding skills and strategies. The course is scheduled for 20 hours that includes classroom instruction, text materials, hands-on riding practice, and a motorcycle (125 to 250 cc) for each student's use. Included as part of the course are 12 hours of on-cycle instruction and 8 hours of classroom instruction.

Training motorcycles and DOT approved helmets are provided for this course!

*Note: Scooters (maximum 350cc) are welcome to participate in the courses to receive their “L” or “M” license.

IRC - Intermediate Course

The IRC was developed to provide a training experience for riders who already have the basic motorcycle operational skills of straight line riding, shifting, stopping, clutch control and who need, or desire, to improve those skills to demonstrate the minimum competencies required for motorcycle licensing or endorsement purposes.

The IRC consist of 9.5 hours of classroom and hands on instruction. To successfully complete the IRC, you must pass knowledge and skill (riding) evaluation. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a completion card--it is not a license to drive! The Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) will waive the riding and written test requirement upon receipt of this completion card at a SOS Motor Vehicles’ Drivers Licensing Facility.

Training motorcycles and DOT approved helmets are provided for this course!

If it is determined that a rider needs additional skills development before proceeding, the rider shall be referred to the BRC.

 

BRC2 - Basic Rider Course 2

The BRC2 provides critiqued and coached practice for experienced cyclists riding their own motorcycles. The one-day (about 8.5 hours long) course is spent almost entirely on riding instruction. Riders must provide a street legal motorcycle in good mechanical repair as well as possess a valid motorcycle license. Participants of this course must bring a DOT approved helmet, current motorcycle registration or written approval from the owner of the motorcycle the rider is using and valid insurance card.

ARC - Advanced Rider Course

The ARC is designed for experienced riders and is beneficial for any type of street motorcycle. The course is approximately 8.5 hours long. For the purposes of this course, an experienced rider is one who has basic skills and is a current rider. The ARC is designed to complement the skills learned and experienced in the previous courses. Special emphasis is given to self-assessment, risk management, rider behavior, riding strategies and overall skill development, particularly in braking, cornering and swerving procedures and techniques.

Riders must provide a street legal motorcycle in good mechanical repair as well as possess a valid motorcycle license. Participants of this course must bring a DOT approved helmet, current motorcycle registration or written approval from the owner of the motorcycle the rider is using and valid insurance card.

Trike Course

This course is designed for those who have some trike riding experience and have their own trike. This course will aid the rider in increasing their present skill level to avoid crashes and ride safely. Rider must be able to provide proof of insurance and must have a motorcycle license.

Required Gear

  • Long-sleeved shirt or jacket
  • Long pants (heavy material with straight legs)
  • Sturdy over the ankle footwear (not cloth or canvas)
  • Full fingered gloves
  • Eye protection (Glasses, goggles, or face shield)
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