Ride Prerequisites


For one-on-one lessons, you will need a New York State Motorcycle Learner’s Permit in order to take lessons. The Learner’s Permit must be obtained from the NY State Department of Motor Vehicles. Effective September 2014, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles policy that requires a motorist to have a valid NY Motorcycle Learner Permit as a condition of attending the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program’s Basic RiderCourse has been eliminated. However, a permit is still required to be eligible for the road test waiver and become licensed. Students don’t have to have a permit to attend the class, however, students are advised that the BRC does not waive the permit requirement and a valid permit will be required in order to waive the road test and apply for a license at DMV. See: Changes to Learners Permit Requirement for more information. This policy change provides customers the convenience of making a single trip to DMV to get their motorcycle license instead of two trips, and it affords them the opportunity to experience motorcycling before having to commit to a permit. A motorcycle learner’s permit is still a requirement for any one-on-one lessons. A waiver of liability and acceptance of risk must be signed and dated prior to the first on-motorcycle training session. Anyone younger than 18 years-of-age must have this waiver signed by their parent or guardian (and notarized if the parent or guardian signs outside the presence of Big Apple Motorcycle School personnel).


We require all students to wear a helmet designed to meet DOT standards, shatter-resistant eye protection, sturdy over-the-ankle footwear, a long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long non-flare denim pants or equivalent protective material and full-fingered gloves. We are happy to provide helmets and gloves for our student’s use during their training at no additional charge. Students are welcome to use their own – helmets must be DOT-approved and eye protection must be provided; gloves must be full fingered . Important note: Regular sunglasses are not adequate as proper eye protection! If using glasses, they must have foam backs to prevent air and dirt from entering the eyes and be shatter-proof. A helmet with faceshield is also considered proper eye protection.


Riding a motorcycle requires alertness, coordination, balance, grip and fine muscle control of the hands and feet. Certain medical conditions, recent surgery or injury and/or certain prescription or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with safe motorcycle operation. If you have a history of dizzy spells, fainting, seizures, epilepsy, muscular, balance/inner ear or other physical or stress related problems, are recovering from recent injury or surgery and/or are taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, it is imperative that you consult with your doctor or pharmacist before the course to determine if your medical condition, or the drugs that you are taking for it, could interfere with your ability to operate a motorcycle.