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Training programs in motorcycle repair aren't currently offered in New Jersey, but safety courses for motorcycle riders are offered at three schools within the state. Courses are available for both beginning and experienced motorcyclists and include classroom and hands-on work.
Admissions requirements will vary depending on the applicants' level of experience; however, all students will need a permit or driver's license, as well as the proper clothing. Some courses require a motorcycle license, but some prepare students to earn their license. Helmets and motorcycles are provided during the course, and some schools may have day and evening schedules. Below are descriptive overviews of available programs followed by a comparison table that includes program costs.
Brookdale Community College
Brookdale Community College, located in Lincroft, serves about 15,000 students annually. The college offers several motorcycle safety courses, options of which include both basic and advanced instruction. The motorcycle rider's education courses at Brookdale Community College are offered in conjunction with Rider Education of New Jersey (RENJ).
The Basic RiderCourse provides a basic overview of proper motorcycle practices. Instruction focuses on observing safety procedures, including proper braking techniques, turning and prevention of accidents by avoiding obstacles. Those that enroll in this course are provided with both helmets and motorcycles.
The Experienced RiderCourse is for riders with a higher level of experience. Emphasizing accuracy and precision, instruction focuses on teaching responsive handling when encountering unpredictable road and traffic conditions. This intermediate course requires riders to provide their own motorcycle, helmet and riding gear.
The Advanced RiderCourse focuses on enhancing basic riding skills and developing awareness of risks and potential hazards when on the road. Instruction includes activities that will help riders sharpen their perceptive abilities, which are needed for awareness of personal risk to avoid accidents. Braking techniques and cornering methods are highlights of the 1-day training session.
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) has campuses in Teaneck and Madison, New Jersey, but the Motorcycle Safety Education Program is hosted at the school's Teaneck campus. FDU's Motorcycle Safety Education Program was founded in 1997, and it features some of the most experienced motorcycle riding coaches in Bergen County.
Motorcycle safety courses are scheduled and regularly offered from March to November, dependent upon weather conditions. This program is designed to increase students' riding skills and confidence, making motorcycling more safe and enjoyable. Training takes place on the Riding Range, which offers students a safe, controlled area for instruction and practice.
The Introductory Motorcycle Experience (I.M.E.) may be a good option for riders that are exploring and considering motorcycle riding for the first time. Instruction focuses on teaching students about motorcycles, their parts and how they work, as well as how to develop an awareness of proper safety procedures and practices when riding.
The Basic RiderCourse offers 2-day and 2 1/2 day schedule options for students and includes about 16-20 hours of classroom instruction and riding practice. Students learn the fundamental skills of proper motorcycle operation, accident prevention, motorcycle maneuvering and preventative techniques to avoid accidents. Students are provided with motorcycles and helmets.
The MSF Advanced RiderCourse provides experienced riders with the opportunity to learn new skills and sharpen their perceptive abilities. During the 1-day session, training focuses on proper methods for braking, swerving and cornering. Instruction includes classroom learning, as well as onsite Riding Range training exercises.
The Basic RiderCourse 2-Skills Plus option is for experienced riders interested in enhancing their skills and learning safety survival techniques. Training includes 1 1/2 hours of classroom instruction, a written knowledge examination and a 4-hour riding session on the student's own motorcycle.
Refresher courses are also offered for more experienced motorcyclists, which include riding practice alone or in combination with classroom study. Additional riding practice sessions and private or semi-private courses are also offered. The curriculum is based on recommendations by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and focuses on how to prevent accidents and defensive motorcycle riding skills.
Sussex County Community College
Situated on a 167-acre campus setting within Newton, Sussex County Community College offers certificate, associate's degree and career training programs to more than 3,400 full-time and part-time students. The community college offers the Beginner Rider Course (BRC) as part of the school's Rider's Education - Motorcycle Safety program. The safety course is administered in conjunction with RENJ at Sussex County Community College.
Designed as an introduction for beginning motorcyclists, the class focuses on basic riding skills and techniques for safe motorcycling. Instruction includes 15-20 hours of classroom learning, as well as direct, practice sessions at the school's riding range. The course is offered from April through October and is generally scheduled to take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with varying hours depending on weather conditions. RENJ will provide students with motorcycles and helmets. This course has received recognized approval by the New Jersey Department of Highway Traffic Safety and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Motorcycle Training Programs Offered||Course Tuition (2015)|
|Brookdale Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Basic RiderCourse,
| Basic RiderCourse: $300*
Basic RiderCourse 2: $125*
Advanced RiderCourse: $150*
|Fairleigh Dickinson University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Introductory Motorcycle Experience (I.M.E.),
MSF Advanced RiderCourse,
Basic RiderCourse 2-Skills Plus
| I.M.E. Course: $75**
Basic RiderCourse: $315**
MSF Advanced RiderCourse: $150**
Basic RiderCourse 2-Skills Plus: $125**
|Sussex County Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Beginner Rider Course||$295***|
Sources: *Rider Education of New Jersey, **Fairleigh Dickinson University, ***Sussex County Community College