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M2 Licensing Classes
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Harrisonburg/Broadway VA
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(Weekdays $329/ Weekends $349)

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Jan 8 @ 8:30 am – Jan 9 @ 5:30 pm
Schedule: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm both days (no late arrivals) Basic RiderCourse: Successful completion of this course waives the Virginia DMV knowledge and road skills tests for a 2-wheel motorcycle (M2) license. See FAQs for more info. This nationally...Read more

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(Weekdays $329/ Weekends $349)

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Q: “When is your next available course?”

See Calendar. Hover over a date and click “REGISTER” to sign up today.

Q: “I have never ridden a motorcycle in my life. Is the Basic RiderCourse for me?”

Yes! The Basic RiderCourse (BRC) is meant for a wide range of skill levels, from beginners to those with experience wanting to fine-tune skills and learn additional strategies for safety. We just ask that you be able to balance a two-wheeled bicycle before taking this course. That said, if you have zero experience using a clutch or riding a motorcycle, ask us about our optional but valuable 2-hour Introductory Motorcycle Experience (IME) to get practice before taking the BRC. The IME is typically held Friday afternoons once or twice a month from March — October.

Q: “I want my 2-wheel motorcycle license. Where do I start?”

The Basic RiderCourse is the best place to start once you’ve made the decision to ride. Again, if you have zero experience using a clutch or riding a motorcycle, consider our optional but valuable 2-hour Introductory Motorcycle Experience (IME) to get a taste of motorcycling before taking the BRC.

Q: “Can I take the class if I am age 18 or under?”

Absolutely! Any person with a valid Virginia driver’s license or driver’s permit may take the class, as young as age 15 1/2. (See next question for info on motorcycle learner’s permits for those age 18 or under).

Q: “Do I need a motorcycle learner’s permit to take your class?”

A motorcycle learner’s permit is not required to take the class, no matter what your age. Upon successful completion of the Basic RiderCourse, you will be issued the M2 (2-wheel motorcycle) license on site. However, please note: if you are age 18 or under, the Virginia DMV does require you to obtain a learner’s permit before you may ride on your M2 license. See for more information on how long a person age 18 or under must hold their permit.

Q: “Will I get my motorcycle license if I complete the class?”

Upon successful completion of the Basic RiderCourse (which means you attended all sessions and passed both the knowledge and skills exam), you will be issued a temporary 30-day M2 (2-wheel motorcycle) license on site, valid when carried with your VA driver’s license. You must show this paperwork to the DMV, and DMV will add the “M2” endorsement to your driver’s license. You have 1 year from your class date to show paperwork to the DMV before it expires.

Q: “My driver’s license is from out of state. Will I get my M2 license if I pass your class?”

Our class is certified by the national Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and we do occasionally get students from out of state who earn their M2 through our class. It is however the student’s responsibility to check with his/her state’s DMV to ask if they will accept our training program or “the nationally taught Basic RiderCourse held in Virginia.”

Q: “Do you offer 3-wheel (M3) motorcycle classes?”

We do not offer 3-wheel motorcycle classes at this time. We hope to in the future.

Q: “What happens if I do not pass the class?”

The student must successfully pass both the knowledge and skills exam in order to receive the M2 license. If a student fails either of these exams, the DMV requires the student to retake the entire class. Riders In Motion allows each of our students to retake the class at half-price. Contact us for instructions on how to get the half-price discount.

Q: “I’ve enrolled in the class! What do I need to bring?”

Bring a highlighter for classroom. For range, students are required to wear:

  1. Sturdy, over-the-ankle shoes/boots (non-canvas); ankle bone must be covered
  2. Long pants (something durable for your protection, i.e. not thin leggings; jeans are acceptable)
  3. Long sleeve shirt
  4. Full-finger gloves (motorcycle or leather gloves preferred)
  5. Eye protection (your helmet face shield is a great option; or shatter-proof eye glasses or sunglasses if your helmet doesn’t have a face shield)
  6. Full or 3/4 face DOT-approved helmet (no half shells)

You will also want to bring snacks and PLENTY of water. Motorcycles will be provided for the course.

Q: “What types of motorcycles do you provide for the class?”

All our motorcycles have engines 500cc or less (generally 250cc); we find students are more successful on bikes with these smaller engines. The types vary, but our fleet generally includes cruisers and/or sport tour bikes.

Q: “Where are you located?”

Meet first at our classroom, located at Blue Ridge Powersports (20 Heritage Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801). Our motorcycle range is located north in Broadway (399 East Lee Street, Broadway, VA 22815).

Q: “Is class still held in rain/ snow?”

We hold class rain or shine! Realistically, motorcyclists must learn to ride in many types of weather. Bring a rain jacket if rain is in the forecast. We also hold winter training – however if snow/ice requires us to reschedule the class, we will notify you and reschedule without penalty.

Q: “How much does The Basic RiderCourse cost?”

The Basic RiderCourse costs $349 for weekends and $329 for weekdays, and includes the motorcycle for the class.

Company Intro

RIM is a for-profit business founded by motorcycle enthusiast Steven Courtney in 2011 to promote safe riding practices. Owner and Admin Steven, office manager Anna and digital marketing associate Sarah, along with a team of nationally certified instructors, dedicate their time each week throughout the year to the mission of motorcycle safety. Join us today by taking a course and sharing with others the importance of motorcycle safety awareness.

Learn motorcycle safety from the professionals at Riders In Motion at Blue Ridge Powersports in Harrisonburg, VA and receive your Virginia-required M2 endorsement in as little as two days!  Riders In Motion provides affordable, efficient motorcycle safety courses to help you understand the hazards that affect motorcyclists each day.  The classes at Riders In Motion are developed to not only review the basics of safely handling your motorcycle, but also how to be prepared for split-second decision-making that could help save your life.

Take to the road with the confidence and skills that you need to be a safe motorcyclist.  Learn from the pros through our efficient, knowledgeable instructors at Riders In Motion at Blue Ridge Powersports.  For more information, stop by to see us at 20 Heritage Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Riders In Motion is open year-round.

Policies and What to Expect

Basic RiderCourse: What to Expect
  • You will be paired with a group of up to 9 riders. Divided between two or three days, the course will consist of about 5 hours classwork using a rider course handbook and about 10 hours of range exercises on a motorcycle (handbook & motorcycle provided). Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be issued a temporary, 30-day M2 (two-wheel motorcycle) license to be carried with a valid VA driver’s license; simply show this completion card to the DMV so they can add the M2 designation to your VA driver’s license. Successful completion of this course waives the DMV knowledge and road skills tests. Motorcycles will be provided for the course. Completing the Basic RiderCourse may also reduce your motorcycle insurance premiums! Check with your insurance provider.
  • Basic RiderCourse Practice Quiz: feel free to read the handbook and test your knowledge prior to class!
  • You may want to bring a highlighter to class. Class times will vary so refer to your confirmation email for your class time. Please arrive 15 minutes before class starts to sign paperwork.
  • Break time for lunch: bring your own meal or buy lunch on the way between classroom and the range. There are many quick lunch options along E Market Street in Harrisonburg.
  • The Basic RiderCourse is taught at a pace that results in successful completion for most novice riders, and our coaches will assist you to learn to the best of your ability. That said, if you have significant difficulty or become a risk to yourself or others, as determined by you or your coach, you will not be permitted to continue to ride. If you are concerned you may not be able to keep up, consider our 2-hour Introductory Motorcycle Experience (IME) course to gain familiarity and practice with the clutch before taking the Basic RiderCourse. 
  • To successfully complete the course, you must:
  1. Attend and participate in all sessions.

  2. Achieve a minimum score on a knowledge test covering course materials.

  3. Achieve a passing score on a riding-skill evaluation.

  • Successful completion of the Basic RiderCourse does not guarantee your safety on the road. Only you can choose the level of safety that you wish to maintain. The course will supply you with opportunities to acquire a baseline knowledge and skill set enabling you to continue to practice and develop safe riding habits. Safe riding is also a mindset, and only you can provide that.

Students are REQUIRED to wear:

  • Sturdy, over-the-ankle shoes/boots (non-canvas); ankle bone must be covered
  • Long pants (something durable for your protection, i.e. not thin leggings; jeans are acceptable)
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Full-finger gloves (motorcycle or leather gloves preferred)
  • Eye protection (your helmet face shield is a great option; or shatter-proof eye glasses or sunglasses if your helmet doesn’t have a face shield)
  • Full or 3/4 face DOT-approved helmet (no half shells)

Motorcycles will be provided for the course

We are passionate about student safety: students will NOT be permitted to ride without the above safety gear!

  1. Motorcycle Familiarization
    • Review T-CLOCS pre-ride inspection
    • Identify location and operation of important controls and major parts
    • Review mounting/dismounting procedures
    • Review elements of good posture
  2. Using the Friction Zone
    • Become skilled in using the clutch friction zone for control
  3. Starting & Stopping Drill
    • Coordinate the friction zone, throttle, and brakes to control the motorcycle
    • Start out and stop with precision and control
  4. Shifting & Stopping
    • Shift gears and stop smoothly
  5. Basic Skill Practice
    • Refine low-speed maneuvering skills
    • Refine throttle use and brake manipulation for corners
  6. Pressing to Initiate and Adjust Lean
    • Understand the maneuvering elements needed for negotiating curves
    • Experience the effects of handgrip pressure and handlebar movement to initiate and adjust lean
  7. Stopping More Quickly & Tight Turns from a Stop
    • Develop a feel for progressive braking pressure to stop more quickly without skidding
    • Practice making a sharp turn from a stop
  8. Stopping Distance Demonstration
    • Observe a demonstration of the reaction/braking parts of total stopping distance
    • To understand effects of speed on braking distance
    • To relate the results to intersection strategies
  9. Limited-Space Maneuvers
    • Refine maneuvering skills to allow turns in limited spaces
    • Learn the counterweighting technique
  10. Stopping in a Curve
    • Learn to maintain control while stopping in a curve
    • Understand traction management
  11. Curve Judgment
    • Improve skills for negotiating multiple curves
    • Understand the “search-setup-smooth” strategy
  12. Multiple Curves & Lane Changes
    • Practice negotiating curves and lane changes
    • Understand safety margins and gap selection
  13. Crossing an Obstacle & Swerving
    • Learn techniques for crossing over obstacles
    • Execute a basic swerve
    • Practice turning from a stop
    • Refine slow-speed weaves
  14. Skill Practice
    • Capstone exercise that combines a variety of maneuvers
  15. Skill Test
    • To assess basic skills using a cone weave, normal stop, turning from a stop, U-turn, quick stop, obstacle swerve, and cornering maneuver.
    • To demonstrate basic motorcycle control skills and ability to avoid an obstacle
    • To demonstrate ability to use the proper technique to negotiate a curve
  • You may cancel up to 10 days prior to your scheduled course, and a refund minus a $50.00 non-refundable fee will be issued. Within 9 days of your start date no refunds will be offered.
  • You may reschedule up to 10 days prior to your course without penalty. Within 9 – 4 days of your scheduled course, you may reschedule for a $50 fee. With 3 days or less until your start date, you are committed to the course and rescheduling is no longer an option. If you are unable to request a reschedule date at the time of rescheduling, RIM will hold the course tuition for up to a year until you contact us for a reschedule date. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with Riders In Motion for reschedules within a year’s time, otherwise the tuition will be forfeited.
  • Please be on time. Arriving late or tardy to your scheduled session forfeits your place in the class.
  • If you are late, do not show up, fail to cancel within the cancellation period or leave the class for any reason, NO REFUNDS, TRANSFERS, or CREDITS will be issued. If there was unsuccessful completion of the course in which a student did not pass the written and/ or driving exam, the student may register for the class again at half the current course cost within one year from original class date.
  • Please note per policy that at least 5 students must be enrolled in order to hold the class during winter training (December-January). From February-November at least 4 students must be enrolled to hold class. A full refund OR no-cost transfer will be offered if class is canceled at any point by RIM due to low enrollment.

Weather Policy:

  • We ride RAIN or SHINE, please bring rain gear.
  • We will reschedule for snow accumulation.
  • If a student misplaces their temporary license or DMV completion certificate, the student may request a one-time replacement for a $35 fee per card. However, Riders In Motion does NOT replace expired cards or any cards after 1 year following the student’s course completion date.


During the course or after course completion, class photos/video may be taken. By acknowledging these terms, you legally agree to all of the following statements: I grant to Riders in Motion permission to photograph or video me, and publish any media now or later, for promotional or other purpose. I release Riders in Motion from any and all claims connected with the use of photographs or video of me.


Daniel Barnett

If you’re are thinking about reaching out and grasping the joy of motorcycle riding, I’d consider this class a necessity. Our rider coach, Bo, was there every second of both days with instruction, guidance, and personalized riding tips, given in the most professional and friendly manner. I left this class after two days of training, with my license, a smile, and a few new friends. Most importantly though, are the skills, and knowledge instilled in me that it takes to be safe, courteous, and respectful on the dangerous roadways we ride. Thanks again Bo.

Hayley Stroop

I learned so much in only two days… my confidence increased through each exercise and I walked away happy with my M2 endorsement. Wednesday & Thursday classes worked perfectly with my work schedule; I recommend anyone who wants to begin riding to start here! Thanks Doug.

David Stuart

Riders in Motion actually teaches you to ride. I didn’t need it but they offer beginner’s class (if you’ve never ridden before or need to brush up on the basics) to beyond getting your license. They learn your name there. The only certification class I recommend in the Valley.

Rebecca Turner

Enjoyed it! Bo is a great instructor. He showed me after 10 years of not riding that I still could. He shows alot of guidance so you are confident to get your license.

Barbi Cole

Much fun, even in the rain. Bo, our Rider Coach, was very professional, knowledgeable, encouraging, and patient. And, gave helpful advice, when he saw a student having difficulty learning a particular skill. It was obvious he wants his students to succeed. Highly recommend taking the course through R.I.M. rather than any of the others in the area.

Contact Us

Riders In Motion

Stop by and see our partners with Blue Ridge Powersports! Also, ask the team about discounts for our students and how to receive your course tuition back when you purchase a motorcycle!

Now Hiring– Licensed MSF RiderCoaches, $625 paid per class! See the Job Description. Call 540-478-5348 for more information. If you are not already a RiderCoach and would like to become one, please call or email us today! Phone: (540) 478-5348  Email:

Office Hours: Mon – Fri, 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Address: 399 B East Lee St, Broadway, Virginia 22815

Phone: (540) 478-5348


“Committed to helping you feel comfortable and confident on the open road!”