What to Expect at PowerRide University
Motorcycle Education Course
Thank you for your interest in a PowerRide University (PRU) Basic Riding Course (BRC), Motorcycle training course in virginia, Motorcycle safety course in Maryland and Motorcycle training classes near me in Virginia. We are committed to providing you with the highest quality of rider education in a safe, positive environment. Please take a moment to review the following information, which will help you to prepare for and complete the course.
How to Succeed in a RiderCourse:
To ensure your course goes smoothly, here are some must-knows and tips!
Complete the MSF eCourse (eP1)
You have enrolled in the BRC eCourse, which requires you to complete 5 hours of self-paced online learning.
You are highly encouraged to complete the MSF eCourse before the range portion of the course. However, a student has up to 5 days after the range instruction to complete the MSF eCourse. The MSF Basic Rider Course card and the Virginia DMV license waiver card will not be issued until proof of completion is provided and the skills test is successfully completed.
The MSF eCourse certificate of completion is NOT accepted as a license waiver by any state DMV or as a license to ride a motorcycle or a learner’s permit. A student must successfully complete both the e-learning and range modules before a valid license waiver will be issued.
Please Note: It is the student's obligation to ensure your state will accept the license waiver card issued at the completion of our courses. Please see the License Info tab on our website.
2. Be on Time
Students who arrive late for the course will forfeit their seats and must re-register and pay for the course again in full. Please be 15 minutes early to avoid this inconvenience. We are unable to offer a grace period.
If you are late, you will not be able to participate in the course.
3. Bring the Right Gear
The required clothing and footwear are:
Sturdy, over-the-ankle boots are required (e.g., hiking boots; steel-toed boots and cowboy boots are not suggested).
Denim or other heavyweight pants are required (yoga pants, jeans with holes, etc. are not acceptable).
A long-sleeved shirt or jacket is required.
Eye protection, like sunglasses or goggles, is required.
A Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant 3/4 or full-face helmet is required.
NOTE: Half-helmets are not permitted.
If you do not have a helmet, you can rent one. However, we require that you reserve a helmet before the course. Students renting a helmet must pay a $25.00 Prep and Cleaning fee. Students renting a helmet will receive a free pair of gloves that they can use for the course and keep.
Click HERE to reserve your helmet and gloves.
Please see our Riding Gear Tab for additional information: Riding Gear
4. Be Wearing Gear at Start Time
It is necessary for students to wear all required gear and be ready to start the course at the scheduled start time.
Failure to wear all required gear at the course start time is equivalent to late arrival. Students who are not ready to start the course at the scheduled start time will forfeit their seats and will have to re-register and pay for the course again in full.
5. Complete all Documents Required to Participate
Prior to arriving at the range, you MUST complete our course waiver. Click Here Now
You must provide the MSF eCourse certificate of completion within 5 days of range completion.
You must bring one of the following:
A valid Driver’s License
Motorcycle Permit or a Driver’s License Permit
Under 18: You will also need a parent or legal guardian present to sign your waiver form. Once they do that, they are free to leave, and you'll be good to go!
6. Come Rested and Bring Sufficient Food and Water
Make sure you've had adequate rest and food before the course. You will have a couple of short breaks for water and snacks. We suggest you bring enough water and snacks based on your personal needs for 5.5 hours.
7. Ride a Bicycle
If you aren’t already able to ride a motorcycle, and you haven’t been on a bicycle in years, we suggest you dust off your old bike and ride around a few times. Practicing your balance and coordination with a bicycle will help you to get ready for the course.
Cancellation / Reschedule / Transfer Policy
You may cancel or reschedule your registration without penalty 7 days or more prior to your course start date. Within 4-6 days prior to your course start date, you may reschedule to a later date for a $75 rescheduling fee. With 3 days or less to the start of your course, no refund or rescheduling is offered.
Refunds will be issued in the same form as the original payment; if a credit card was used, that card will be credited. All refunds will be processed within 5 business days. If you cannot or do not attend your scheduled course, you forfeit your registration and your registration fee.
Course seats are non-transferable. Only the original purchaser will be added to the course roster and be allowed to attend the course.
If you No Show on either day or for the entirety of the course, your seat will be forfeited.
2. MSF eCourse
Your MSF eCourse completion certificate is valid for 30 days. Your range course must be scheduled within those 30 days. If you have completed an eCourse greater than 30 days before the course start date, you must retake the eCourse (you can re-take it for free) by logging in and checking the “Start new attempt” checkbox.
3. Riding Skills Evaluation
You may accumulate no more than 10 points in Part A or 15 points total in both Part A & B to pass the Riding Skills Evaluation. You cannot drop the motorcycle and still pass. Students who do not pass the Riding Skills Evaluation will not be given the opportunity to retake the test due to Virginia policy. You may be given an opportunity to retake the course at a discounted rate of $200.00.
4. Being Counseled Out
Not everyone develops the necessary skills for riding at the same pace, and some individuals may find it impossible to reach an adequate level of skill at the same pace as others. Your RiderCoach wants to see you succeed, but if they feel you have become a danger to yourself or others, they may ask you to return at a later date. You will be given an opportunity to retake the course at a discounted rate of $200.00.
5. Unsuccessful Students
Learning to safely operate a motorcycle is both mentally and physically demanding. Not everyone passes the eCourse Knowledge Test and the Riding Skills Evaluations on their first try - we recognize that everyone learns differently and at their own pace! If you are unsuccessful or counseled out, we will assess the reason and apply the specific policy to assist you in your journey.
6. Health Matters
Please keep us informed if you have unique health issues that may affect your ability to ride safely over a number of hours, outside, and in varying extreme weather conditions. We try to accommodate individual needs allowing most students to successfully complete a course. We will not deviate from the course material or the evaluation criteria as it is the Virginia licensing standard.
If you need to leave the course early or cannot complete it due to illness or a health emergency, you will need to notify your coach. You will need to retake the course in its entirety, and we will do our best to accommodate you with a new course at a discounted rate of $200. If you contact the main office after 3 business days, you will forfeit the discounted rate.
7. Inclement Weather
The course will continue despite inclement weather, including rain, cold, and heat. On the rare occasion that it is deemed appropriate by PRU, we will reschedule the range date for the course. If any such exceptions occur you will be notified via text.
8. Student Conduct
All students are required to maintain a professional and respectful manner during the course. At no time will a student be allowed to create a hostile environment or abuse the equipment provided by PRU. If a student is found to be disruptive, vulgar, or disrespectful to RiderCoaches, Range Aides, or other students, or abuses the equipment provided, that person will be warned of their conduct. A second occurrence will result in the dismissal of the student from the course without a refund for the course and associated fees. Care for the equipment and mutual respect are necessary for learning to occur.
We are confident that if you take a few minutes to review the above information, you will be prepared for the course and have an enjoyable experience.
We'll make every effort to guide you successfully through the BRC. However, please understand that not every student successfully completes the course. If you are unable to meet the objectives of an exercise or if you pose a safety risk to yourself or others, a RiderCoach may counsel you out of the course. There is NO GUARANTEE that you will pass the course.
If you have any questions, please give us a call at 207-573-7433 or review our Terms & Conditions.
We look forward to meeting you and seeing you out on the range!