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Motorcycle Safety: Advanced Rider Course (ARC)

The Advanced Rider Course (ARC) is the civilian version of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation military sport bike course but it can be taken on any stock street legal motorcycle. It is a course designed for experienced riders. For the purposes of this course, an experienced rider is one who has the basic skills and is a current rider with a motorcycle license. The ARC is designed to complement and build on the skills learned and practiced in other rider courses. Special emphasis is given to self-assessment, risk management, rider behavior, riding strategies and overall skill development, particularly in braking, cornering and swerving techniques.

The ARC is taught by Motor Vehicle Administration and Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified Instructors specially trained on the ARC. It is an all-day class consisting of approximately three hours of classroom activities and five hours of riding time.

Participants are expected to use their personal motorcycle. Personal motorcycles must be street legal, must be in good operating condition and must pass a routine pre-ride check given as a part of the course. Riders must assume all liability for the use of their motorcycle in the course. The Program will not be responsible for any damage to a rider’s motorcycle as a result of their participation. Riders are to provide their own riding gear, which includes:

  • Any style DOT (US Department of Transportation) compliant labeled helmet, that is in good condition, and fits the rider properly, may be worn during any MVA approved motorcycle safety course. The course instructor shall be responsible for inspecting the rider’s helmet for DOT compliance, condition, and fit. If a rider’s helmet is determined to be non-compliant, or in unserviceable condition, the training center shall provide a DOT compliant and serviceable helmet for use during the training course. The MVA recommends and encourages all riders to wear at a minimum an open-face, a.k.a. ¾ helmet;
  • Eye protection;
  • Riding jacket, one that is motorcycle-specific is preferred;
  • Full-fingered gloves;
  • Long pants of a durable fabric. Riding jeans are preferred but heavy weight denim is acceptable; and
  • Sturdy footwear, such as riding boots, over-the-ankle. Athletic footwear may NOT be worn.

Because of the high level of traction required, riding activities will NOT be conducted if the riding surface is wet. The classroom activities will be conducted and the riding portion rescheduled for another time.

During the riding activities, each rider will be evaluated by the instructors on their ability to accomplish the objectives of the activity. Riders that cannot demonstrate minimum riding proficiency will not be allowed to continue. Riders who are not allowed to continue will not be eligible for a refund and may have to pay an additional fee to be enrolled in the BRC2.

To complete the course riders must pass a 20-question knowledge test administered at the end of the classroom activities. Riders must also meet the objectives of the riding activities. Riders completing the course will receive a Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Card.

2018 ARC Schedule

Wor-Wic Community College
32000 Campus Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804

Course No.DatesTimes
ZMOT-007-0155 May 19, 2018 Saturday 11:30 am-6:30 pm

(Schedule subject to change. Check back here for updates.)

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Tuition: $119, Fee: $88. Maryland counties other than Wicomico, Worcester or Somerset add $10 per course to the tuition. States other than Maryland add $15 per course to the tuition.

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