The Latest News

Big Apple Motorcycle School to give seminars at Americade

Monday, May 29, 2017
The Big Apple Motorcycle School is proud to announce that we are again giving seminars at Americade in Lake George, New York! Two “Best of Motorcycling Tips, Tricks and Techniques” seminars will be given on Tuesday, June 6, and Thursday, June 8, at 1 PM at the Fort William Henry Conference Center in Lake George. Please see our Americade website for more information.


New MSF training location at Heckscher State Park in Great River

Friday, January 20, 2017
The Big Apple Motorcycle School is proud to announce our new MSF training location at Heckscher State Park in Great River! Spring 2017 classes will begin on March 31, 2017. The riding portion of all Basic RiderCourses will be given at Heckscher. Classroom training will be given at a nearby offsite location as yet to be determined. Please see our class schedule to register.


The Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists Funds Ten (10) New & Experienced Rider Scholarships to Big Apple Motorcycle School

Thursday, December 22, 2016
Cycle Gear Inc. and the Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists is dedicated to doubling the number of female riders by 2020. In pursuit of this goal, Cycle Gear Inc. has donated $10,000 to help fund WCM scholarships to women in need. To implement their gracious donation WCM has partnered with Big Apple Motorcycle School Inc. Founder and President Diane Ortiz to establish a scholarship program for 6 basic rider and 4 experienced rider scholarships, 10 in total to promising female motorcyclists to attend The Big Apple Motorcycle School instructed by certified motorcycle trainers. Held in Long Island, New York, the focus is to build confidence in individuals who want to grow as riders.
The scholarship award will cover: Six MSF Basic Rider Course (BRC) scholarships valued at $350 per rider. Each includes: a 3-hour E-course, 5-hours of instruction, and 10-hours of on-motorcycle training; bike rental, helmet and gloves; as well as a waived NYS motorcycle road test if course is successfully passed. In addition, four MSF Rider Course Skills Practice (BRC2SP) scholarships valued at $125 per rider which includes: in-depth riding techniques and procedures for experienced riders. Bike, gloves and helmet is not included. For more information and to apply go to: Application.
Note: You must be a member of WCM to apply WCM Memberships.
Submission deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017 by 11:59pm


Dowling College closing and its effects on Big Apple Motorcycle School

Friday, September 16, 2016
October classes now available! Dowling College is allowing the Big Apple Motorcycle School to continue to run classes at the college in October! Please see our class schedule to register.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
We got a reprieve! Dowling College is allowing the Big Apple Motorcycle School to continue to run classes at the college in September! Please see our class schedule to register. It is also possible that October and other fall classes may also be held there. Please check back here in late September for more information if you are interested.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Dowling College is closing its doors for good and the Big Apple Motorcycle School will no longer be able to run classes at the college after August 31. As a result, no MSF Basic RiderCourses have been scheduled after August 31. We are currently in search of a new location and will post our schedule for September and other Fall dates after a new site has been obtained and approved. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause and hope to be able to offer these courses again soon. Please check back here for further news shortly.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
The status of Dowling College has been in flux in recent days. Big Apple Motorcycle School has been running the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic RiderCourse (BRC) and Basic RiderCourse 2 with License Waiver (BRC2-LW) using the Student Parking Lot at Dowling. As of right now, our use of the parking lot is unchanged for these courses and future courses will continue as schedule. If anything changes, any students currently enrolled will be notified.


Current and former military can be reimbursed for their riding course

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
ATTENTION CURRENT AND FORMER U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL! Harley-Davidson wants to you learn to ride and has a special offer that will reimburse you with a H-D Gift Card for the cost of an MSF Basic RiderCourse (see “alternative course offer”). The motorcycle rider course (MSF Basic RiderCourse) at the Big Apple Motorcycle School qualifies for this offer. Sign up now at Big Apple Motorcycle School. This offer is only good until September 13, 2015. See details for more information.


NEW! 8 hour license waiver course for experienced riders

Starts Spring 2015
Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic RiderCourse 2 with License Waiver (BRC2-LW) is an 8-hour course that contains a unique on-line classroom segment as a pre-requisite and also offers a variety of practice riding exercises designed to further develop your riding skills on your own motorcycle. The riding exercises conclude with a skills test. In order for a participant to earn their NYSMSP BRC2-LW License Waiver Completion Card they must successfully complete the eCourse (on-line) and the skills evaluation on the range. It is designed for individuals that have had some street riding experience and have held a valid New York State Motorcycle Permit for at least 1 calendar year, and possess some street riding skills. You’ll practice these critical riding skills on your own motorcycle in our secure riding setting. Successful completion of a BRC2-LW qualifies you for a motorcycle license road test-waiver with the New York State DMV. See: Class Schedule for more information about BRC2-LW and to register.


Changes to Learner’s permit requirements

Motorcycle permit still needed to obtain endorsement
Effective immediately, motorists who would like to take the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program (NYSMSP) / Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course (BRC) no longer need to obtain a motorcycle learner permit before taking the course. They will need a learner’s permit to use their waiver. Please check our changes to learners permit requirement for more information.


AMA Go Ride Safely! week stresses rider training and protective gear

The American Motorcyclist Association represents motorcycle riders nationwide
The final phase of AMA Go Ride! Month begins today and the weeklong theme is “Go Ride Safely!” Sponsored by the American Motorcyclist Association, AMA Go Ride Safely! week promotes rider training and the use of appropriate riding gear to help ensure that every ride is enjoyable and every rider is prepared for the unexpected.

“When it comes to riding responsibly and reducing risk, the AMA strongly encourages its members and all motorcyclists to take rider training and wear protective gear,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “In addition, we advocate nationally for driver awareness programs to alert other roadway users to our presence in traffic.”