Pre-Basic Rider Course

Students get A-1 tips for motorcycle riding

Pre-Basic Rider Course

Is a 4 1/2 hour introduction to the Basic Rider Course (BRC). This course is highly recommended for the true beginner or first time Rider. This course is recommend as an option before taking the license waiver (BRC) Basic Rider Course. Prior to taking the license waiver BRC course this class will give you a head start on familiarity with the motorcycle’s controls, basic motorcycle operation and riding skills. To build your confidence the course is run in a low stress environment with individual hands on training from our experienced motorcycle safety instructors. The course will begin with an hour of classroom with open discussions on motorcycle risks, the motorcycle controls and basic operation, and basic riding skills. You will then transition to a secured off street paved riding area for about three (3) hours of on-motorcycle experience and training. This is where the student will learn how to control the speed of the motorcycle using the clutch (friction zone), how to shift gears, starting and stopping the motorcycle smoothly, and riding in a straight line at slow speeds. We provide the motorcycle or scooter for the training course. (Scooter is available upon request at our Totem Lake location only). Recent experience on a 2-wheel bicycle will be valuable.

All students MUST bring to the range:

  • DOT-approved  helmet (ESC provides helmets at all its sites.  However, students are encouraged to bring their own if they own a DOT approved helmet)
  • Eye protection (eyeglasses, sunglasses, face shield, or goggles)
  • Sturdy over-the-ankle footwear that provides ankle support and protection from heat and moving parts. Most work type boots and hiking boots work well, but canvas high-tops or slip-on-boots with elastic (only) ankle covering ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE
  • Full-fingered leather gloves with a sturdy palm of leather or leather like material
  • Long sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Long STURDY denim pants or jeans with NO holes or tears that allow any skin to be exposed
  • Rain gear if necessary (class will continue during rain)
  • Sun block, as needed
  • Snacks and/or lunch, and non-alcoholic beverages
This course is not a license waiver course, it is an introductory course recommended as a pre-curser to taking the license waiver BRC course. True beginner and first time riders will gain confidence and a better understanding to build on when they do attend the license waiver Basic Rider Course (BRC).

Terms and Conditions

Students must:
  • Recent experience on a 2-wheel bicycle will be valuable – you must be able to ride a two-wheel bicycle. (Students must have this experience and balance to be able to take this class)
  • Provide proper riding gear
  • Be on time. Students arriving late to class will not be allowed to participate and will not be refunded or rescheduled

Course locations:

Totem Lake, Kent, Renton, Kirkland, and West Seattle

Course fee:


$25 off a BRC class upon completion of the Introduction to BRC class

Cancellation/Refunds/Transfers Policy

  • To cancel and receive a refund or transfer, students must notify ESC at least 6 business days before the start of the class
  • If class is cancelled by ESC, a full refund will be issued or the class will be rescheduled (classes are held rain or shine)