FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

 

 

I would like to get my motorcycle license as a result of passing the course, without taking the RMV Road Test.  How does this work?

If you complete and pass either the Basic or Experienced RiderCourse (including a written knowledge test and riding skills evaluation) and you give us a PHOTOCOPY of your MA Motorcycle Permit, you will get your motorcycle license without the need for the RMV Road Test.  Follow the 3 Steps outlined below:

STEP 1: Register for a Motorcycle Course
Register and Pay for the Basic Rider Course on our web site.
(Note: If you have at least 1,000 miles of recent riding experience and you have your own motorcycle, you can take the Experienced Rider Course rather than the Basic Rider Course)

STEP 2: Get your Permit
Go to the RMV to take the permit test. You need to get 18 out of 25 multiple-choice questions correct to pass.
To study for the permit test, you should read both the Motorcycle Operator's Manual and the Driver's Manual.
Pay close attention to the "Alcohol" and "Junior Operator" sections on pages 59-64 of the Motorcycle Operator's Manual or pages 20-21 and 49-61 of the Driver's Manual.

You do NOT need an appointment. Get there at least 2 hours before closing time.
The fee for the motorcycle permit is $30.
Tell them that you plan to take a Motorcycle Safety class and pre-pay the $15 motorcycle endorsement fee.
By pre-paying, you will receive your license in the mail rather than needing to physically visit the RMV to get your motorcycle license once you pass the motorcycle course.

You should make every effort to get your permit before the first class.  If you have a problem obtaining your permit before your class, we can accept a copy of your permit after class on an exception basis.

STEP 3: Give us a PHOTOCOPY of your motorcycle permit
Bring a PHOTOCOPY of your permit to your Basic or Experienced Rider Course.
When you pass the course, Streetwise Cycle School will notify the RMV on their licensing web site.
If your record on the RMV database is clear (i.e. you don't owe money), they will mail your new Massachusetts Motorcycle License within 14 days of passing the course.

Other notes to help make the RMV License process go smooth:

If you would like to avoid going to a Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) branch location to obtain your motorcycle license, you should:

1.  1. Pre-pay the motorcycle license fee.  The $15 fee (the $15 fee is for adding a motorcycle endorsement to an existing driver's license.  The fees will be higher for a motorcycle-only license if applicant does not have an existing Massachusetts license) can be paid on the RMV web site or by phone:


Here is a link to the payment screen on the RMV Web site
OR
Pay with the RMV's automated phone system:
1. Call 857-368-8000 if your area code is 339/617/781/857 or 800-858-3926 for other area codes
2. Say “Road Test”
3. Say “Pre Pay”
4. Say the Permit Number.  Don’t be concerned when the system says “scheduled Road Test”
5. Say the date of birth.
6. System will tell you the total is $15.00
7. Pay with Credit Card.

2.  All unpaid parking violations, Fast Lane violations, outstanding excises taxes, outstanding court warrants, citations or unfulfilled child support obligations must be resolved before an endorsement can be issued.

3.  If under 18 years of age, you must:           

a.     Have a Driver Education Certificate issued by the RMV.

b.     Have held your Cass D or M permit for a minimum of 6 months.

When pre-paying, make sure that the Registry has your proper mailing address as they will be mailing your license to you.  STREETWISE CYCLE SCHOOL will process your information through the RMV and you will receive either a motorcycle endorsement on your existing license or a motorcycle-only license in the mail.  The process takes approximately 5 - 7 business days.  You must continue to operate under the permit restrictions until you receive your license in the mail.

If there are any issues on your RMV record (i.e. you owe money), you will receive a certificate in the mail within 2 weeks of course completion.  This certificate exempts you from the RMV road test.  You must take the certificate and your completion card to the RMV and pay the fee to obtain your license.

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Do I need a motorcycle permit to take the course?

If you do not want to get your license as a result of passing the course, you do not need a permit.

If you would like to obtain your license by taking (and passing) the course, you should get your permit before the course and bring a photocopy of it with you to the first day of class.

If you would like to reserve your spot in a class ASAP to avoid missing a "sold out" class, you can book your reservation for the course prior to getting your permit.  You should make every effort to get your permit before the first class.  If you have a problem obtaining your permit before your class, we can accept a copy of your permit after class on an exception basis.  More information on obtaining your motorcycle permit and license is provided in the first FAQ above.

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How much does the course cost?

The Basic Rider Course costs $310.

The Refresher Rider Course costs $225.  This is an opportunity for students who have passed the Basic Rider Course to repeat the Basic Rider Course for more practice on our motorcycle.

The Experienced Rider Course costs $175.

The Basic Spyder / Sidecar / Trike Course costs $399.

The Experienced Spyder / Sidecar / Trike Course costs $249.

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Is Streetwise Cycle School approved by the Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP) and the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) ?

Yes, Streetwise Cycle School and its instructors are certified and approved by the Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP) and the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).

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Is Streetwise Cycle School certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) ?

Yes, Streetwise Cycle School and its instructors are certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF).

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Do I need any experience to take the Basic Rider Course?

You should be able to ride and balance a pedal bicycle.  There is no other experience necessary.

The course does require physical coordination and mental concentration.  Please come to class well rested.

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Do I need my own motorcycle or scooter to take the course?

Streetwise Cycle School will provide use of a training motorcycle included as part of the Basic Rider Course tuition.  You do NOT need your own motorcycle to take the Basic Rider Course. For the Experienced Rider Course, you need to use your own motorcycle.

We offer Honda Rebel 250s, Honda Nighthawk 250s, Suzuki DR200SE, Suzuki GZ250s, Kawasaki Eliminator 125s, and Hyosung GT250s:

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How should I dress for the motorcycle riding?

You will need the following gear:

Also, you should dress in layers so that you can add/subtract layers as the temperature changes throughout the day.  If rain is in the forecast, you should bring rain gear.

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What if I do not own a helmet?

If you do not own a helmet, you can borrow one from us.  If you own a D.O.T.  helmet, you can use your own. 

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Can I take the course even though I am under 18 years old?

Yes, you may take the course. You will need to have a waiver form signed by a parent or legal guardian.  Please print out this online waiver form, have it signed by your parent or legal guardian, and bring it to class with you.

Waiver Form Printing Instructions

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I noticed that your registration form asks if my leg inseam is less than 26 inches.  Can I still take the course if my inseam is less than 26 inches?

If your leg inseam is less than 26 inches, call us at 781-974-2474.  We will make arrangements for you to come down to our training site and sit on our motorcycles to ensure they will fit your needs.  This should be done prior to registering for the course.

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Will the course run if it rains?

The course runs rain or shine.  Please come prepared with rain gear. 

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How many hours long is the course?  How many days does it take?

The Basic RiderCourse is a total of 15 hours.  5 hours of the course involves classroom instruction.  10 hours are spent on the riding range with on-cycle instruction.

The Experienced RiderCourse is 6 hours.

Check out the online schedule or call us at 781-974-2474 to understand the schedule.

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How do I enroll?

To enroll, click on the "Register" on the left side of the web page and follow the 4-step process:

1. Review the terms

2. Look at the schedule and decide what class you would like.

3. Complete the online registration form to select a class and provide your contact information.

4. Pay by clicking on the "Buy Now" button.

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How will I know if I am scheduled for the date that I selected?

We will send a confirmation letter either by email or U.S. mail.  The confirmation letter will contain your confirmation number, class code, a detailed schedule of the class dates and times, directions to the site, and a list of things that you should bring to the classroom and riding sessions.  If you do not receive the confirmation letter within a few days, call us at 781-974-2474 to make sure that your registration was received.

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When are classes held?

Check the online schedule on this web site or call us at 781-974-2474.

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Where are the classes held?

At MOM South Motorcycle Dealership on Route 1 in Foxboro, MA.  The address is 1000 Washington St, Foxboro, MA 02035

OR

At the former Raynham / Taunton Greyhound Dog Race Track.  The address 1958 Broadway, Raynham, MA 02767

 

Classes are no longer held at the former Stop & Shop Distribution Center at 100 Meadow Rd. Boston, MA 02136 (in the Readville section of Hyde Park).

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What should I do if I need to reschedule or cancel my class?

If you need to cancel or reschedule a class, follow the instructions below.

Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, a request must be sent in writing (US Mail, e-mail - see our "Contact Us" link) and received by Streetwise Cycle School more than 10 days prior to the start of the course. All cancellations that are made more than 10 days prior to the start of the course will be charged a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made to students who cancel with less than 10 days written notice, are late to class, dismissed, voluntarily leave, do not pass a written or riding evaluation, have previously rescheduled, or miss a segment of either course.

Below is an outline of fees for canceling based on how much notice you give us:

Amount of notice:

Cancellation Fee:

More than 10 days

$50

Less than 10 days

No cancellations allowed with less than 10 days notice.  You can re-schedule to another date in the same calendar year (subject to space availability).  Refer to the reschedule fees below.

Reschedule Policy: Students may reschedule to another class within the calendar year one time, space permitting. All reschedule requests must be sent to Streetwise Cycle School in writing (US Mail, e-mail - see our "Contact Us" link).  All reschedule requests that are received more than 7 days prior to the start of the course will be charged a $25 reschedule fee. All reschedule requests that are received between 7 and 2 days prior to the start of the course will be charged a $100 reschedule fee.  There will be no rescheduling of a class within 48 hours of the start of the course.

Below is an outline of fees for rescheduling based on how much notice you give us:

Amount of notice:

Reschedule Fee:

More than 7 days

$25

Less than 7 days, but more than 2 days

$100 if you reschedule

within 48 hours of the start of the course This is considered a cancellation.  No refund is available.  Full tuition is forfeited. 

If we experience severe weather (i.e. extremely high winds, lightning, snow, or ice), the class may need to be cancelled.  Also, there may be occasions where the site becomes unavailable due to  things such as unexpected repairs.  If a course is cancelled for these types of things, tuition will be fully refunded.

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If I would like to learn on my own prior to the class, are there any resources that I can use?

Review the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle's Motorcycle Operator's Manual.

Review the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s (MSF) Basic RiderCourse Interactive Tour

Test yourself with the MSF's Basic RiderCourse Review.

Try out a set of interactive simulations on the MSF's Motorcycle Challenge.

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In the Experienced RiderCourse, I need to use my own motorcycle.  Are there any special requirements for my motorcycle?

Your motorcycle needs to pass a pre-ride inspection.  It should have current insurance, registration, and a state inspection sticker.  Also, please make sure that the exhaust is legal (No straight pipes, please.  Street legal aftermarket exhausts are OK.)

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