motorcycle (Class M) driver's license. Each student must provide his or her own motorcycle that
meets the requirements of §31.7 of this title (relating to Motorcycle Requirements).
Q. What do I need?
Per the state of Texas: long sleeves/jacket, over-the-ankle footwear, full-fingered gloves, eye protection (sunglasses okay), a positive attitude and a willingness to learn and try new things. If you are under 18 years of age, you will need to have a parent or legal guardian come with you to sign waivers and release forms.
Q. Anything else?
You must be able to ride and balance a bicycle. If you haven't done so in a long time get out and ride for awhile to get used to being on 2 wheels and leaning into turns again. It helps a lot!
Q. What if I miss my class or am late?
Class sizes are limited by Motorcycle Safety Foundation and Texas Department of Public Safety regulations. You purchase a particular seat in a particular class, and that seat is yours whether you use it or not, just like an airplane ticket for a particular flight. Showing up late is the same as not attending, as once the class is started, we cannot back up and hold up everyone else who came on time. If you miss your class or show up late, there will be no rescheduling or refund. After all, your seat was held for you.
Q. Does everybody pass the class?
Not always, no. The national average for passing is about 82-85% the first time through.
Q. What must be done to pass?
Successful completion requires passing a multiple choice knowledge test and an on-the-bike skills test. No surprises or tricks....just things you've gone over and practiced. Failing either of these tests means not passing.
The class is conducted on a building-block approach. Students MUST successfully achieve the objective of each exercise to advance to the next one. We will do our best to help every student succeed but if a student fails to achieve an objective in the reasonable time allowed such failure will result in dismissal from the class. Remember, we're here to assist learning. We can't guarantee it or put it to use.
Students who are disruptive combative, abusive or dangerous to themselves and/or others will be dismissed from the class. Students late to any session will be dismissed from the class. There are no free re-dos or refunds for anyone who is dismissed from or doesn't pass a class.
Q. What if it rains?
Classes run rain or shine. In the event of unsafe conditions, such as severe lightning high winds hail downpours etc., we will move the class indoors. Once the dangerous conditions have subsided we will resume riding. It's always a good idea to bring some rain gear and/or a change of clothes!
Q. What bikes do we ride?
Our locations feature different types, brands and sizes of bikes. Depending on where you train, you may ride a cruiser, dual-sport or standard motorcycle ranging in size from 125cc to 250cc. Brands include Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Hyosung. All bikes are well-maintained for your safety.
Q. Can I use my own bike?
Sure, but be sure to check with your insurance company first to make sure it's covered in the event of a mishap. You will need to sign a waiver and agree to accept responsibility for damages to your bike as a result of training, and you will need to bring proof of insurance with you to the class. You're usually better off enjoying one of our bikes!
Q. What about scooters?
We do not have scooters for use, but you may ride your own scooter in class. For specific information about this, please contact us.
Q. After I graduate, how do I get my motorcycle endorsement?
Everyone who successfully passes the Basic RiderCourse receives the Texas DPS MSB-8 form in duplicate. If you are 18 and over and have an unrestricted Class A,B or C license, take the MSB-8 to a DPS office, pass the short knowledge quiz they offer and an eye test, and you're done! You have joined the ranks of licensed riders in Texas! Graduates 15-17 years of age will need to turn in their completion MSB-8, pass the knowledge test, and pass an on-the-road skills test at the DPS. The graduate will need to provide a motorcycle for that test.
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