1. Is this the course I need to take in order to get a Motorcycle License in the state of Texas?
Yes, as of September 2009 it is necessary to successfully complete a Motorcycle Training Course in order to obtain a License in the State of Texas. The MSF Basic RiderCourse is one of the 2 approved courses for Texas Motorcycle Licensing. Please see our licensing requirements for more detailed information on obtaining a Motorcycle License in the State of Texas.
2. Do I need to take this course if I will be riding a scooter?
Yes. Any time you are on a motorized 2 or 3 wheeled vehicle on the public streets of Texas you are required to have a Motorcycle License. This requirement also applies to scooters.
3. I have never ridden a motorcycle before! Will I be able to take this course?
Absolutely! No previous riding experience is necessary. However a good sense of balance is required, so you should know how to ride a bicycle. If you haven't ridden a bicycle in a while, it is a good idea to practice your balance on a bicycle for at least a week before class.
4. I have been riding for years, but I don't have a motorcycle license. Do I need to take the Basic RiderCourse in order to get my Motorcycle License?
You need to take a motorcycle safety course in order to get your motorcycle license. If you are an experienced rider without a motorcycle license you can take either the Basic RiderCourse, or our new, 1 day Total Control Intermediate Riding Clinic in order to obtain your Texas motorcycle license.
5. I already have a motorcycle license, but I haven't ridden for a while. Can I take the course again?
Of course! A lot of licensed motorcycle riders choose to take the course on a regular basis in order to keep perfecting the skills they learn. If you haven't ridden for a while, the Basic RiderCourse is a great refresher. And since you can use the completion card to lower your motorcycle insurance, this is a great reason to come and join us again!
6. What do I need to bring to class? Do I need to bring my motorcycle or scooter?
Here at Go Motorcycle Training School, we provide the Motorcycle or Scooter, Helmet and Gloves. You are required to bring a long sleeve shirt, and long, sturdy pants, shoes or boots that cover your ankle, and eye protection such as eye glasses, sunglasses or goggles. For the Basic RiderCourse you use our motorcycles, so leave yours at home. However, if you own a scooter and prefer to use yours call us to find out more information.
7. Can I use my own Helmet and gloves?
As long as your helmet is DOT approved you can use it during the class. If you have full-fingered gloves, bring them! We are sure you will be more comfortable wearing your own gloves.
8. How old do I have to be to take the course?
You need to be at least 15 years on the first day of class in order to take the course. There are additional requirements you need to meet if you are between the ages of 15-17, so visit our Requirements for Minors section for more information.
9. How long is the class?
The Basic RiderCourse is approximately 15 hours, scheduled over 2 consecutive days.
10. How many students are in each class?
Usually there are no more than 8 students in each class.
11. I need to take the Basic RiderCourse, but I have a very busy schedule. What are my options?
For those with busy schedules, private classes are available. We can arrange a class around your schedule. See our Private Lessons section for more information.
12. I have a group of friends and we want to take the class together, but our schedule differs from the one you have posted. Do we have any options?
Group classes are a perfect option for you and your friends! Give us a call and we will be happy to find a solution for your group.
13. What happens if it rains?
Since our training represents real riding conditions, we ride, rain or shine, so be prepared; if the forecast includes rain, bring rain gear.
14. What is your refund/cancellation policy?
We know sometimes things just happen. If you need to reschedule, we ask that you give us 72 hours advance notice in order for us to allow another student to sign up and take your place. If you give us less than 72 hours, we will charge a $50.00 rescheduling fee. If you fail to show up for class and give us no advance notice, then you forfeit your tuition, since we have prepared and saved that spot for you. We can process refunds for emergency situations as long as we are notified 72 hours before class starts.
15. Is there a possibility of me failing the course? What happens next?
Although we have a high success rate, there are occasions when a student will be counseled out, or end up failing the course. The on-motorcycle instruction uses building exercises in a group setting in order to acquire the skills necessary for riding. Since the exercises get progressively complicated, if you have trouble meeting the objective of the exercise in the allotted timeframe, or if at any time the RiderCoach feels you are unsafe to yourself and others, you will not be able to continue in the course. But, don't despair! Just like learning how to drive, sometimes more training is needed for some. In this case, additional tutoring, or private lessons, available at an additional charge, may be a good option for you.
More questions? Give us a call, send us an e-mail, chat with us...we will be happy to assist you in any way!