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3-Wheel Training Courses

3-Wheel Course Information:

3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse (Novice)

The 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse (3WBRC) is a basic, entry-level, learn-to-ride 3-wheel motorcycle (3WMC) training and education course. It provides fundamental skills similar to the Basic RiderCourse but on a 3-wheel, 3-track motorcycles (not motorcycles with a sidecar or car-based motorcycles).

The course consists of six (6) hours of classroom instruction and eight (8) hours of range exercises. The classroom instruction uses a 3WBRC Rider Handbook, which has both Level I and II content.

We are offering 2 different 3WBRC courses:

  1. BRP CAN-AM Spyder course. The course will be conducted using only the provided CAN-AM Spyders (personally owned vehicles are not allowed). This course is for individuals looking to obtain their 3-wheel endorsement who currently do not own a 3WMC. There is a maximum of 8 participants in this course.
  2. The non BRP CAN-AM Spyder Course. There is a maximum of 12 participants in this course. Participants in this course will provide their own 3WMC that must meet the following requirements.
    • 3-Track wheel orientation (leaves three separate tracks in a straight-line; cannot have four or more wheels).
    • Dual wheels may be front or rear.
    • Motorcycle-based conversion or design
      • Handlebar steering
      • Motorcycle-type controls with standard convention (convenience alterations such as a single brake pedal or level control, automatic clutch, or automatic transmission are allowed.)
      • Saddle seating
      • Seating causes rider/passenger to straddle vehicle
      • If designed for a passenger, passenger seat must be behind the operator.
      • Engines must be mounted mid-frame below the rider.
    • Turning diameter of the vehicle at its widest point must be less than 40 feet.
    • The vehicle must meet all applicable federal/state on-road vehicle standards.
    • Operator must be licensed, insured and registered owner of the 3WMC used in the course.
      • Driver license, insurance and 3WMC registration will be verified by the RiderCoach prior to the start of the class.
      • Failure to have required documentation will prevent you from participating in the course.
    • 3WMC must pass a T-CLOCS safety inspection conducted before the riding portion of the class.

Classroom Instructions Covers:

  • The challenge of motorcycling
  • Motorcycle controls
  • Rider and motorcycle preparation
  • Basic riding skills
  • Street strategies
  • Advanced turning and braking techniques
  • Special riding situations
  • Dangers of impaired riding

Riding Instruction Includes:

  • Straight line riding, turning and stopping
  • Advanced turning and braking techniques
  • Collision avoidance maneuvers

Increasing these skills through training and practice will increase your riding enjoyment and decrease your chance of a mishap.

To Successfully Complete The Course, Students Must:

  • Attend all classrooms and riding sessions
  • Pass both a multiple choice knowledge test and a riding skill evaluation

It is suggested that students dress according to the weather (rain apparel, sunglasses, etc.) Classes are held RAIN or SHINE. Participants arriving after the scheduled start time of the class will not be allowed to attend the course. Also, participants who do not arrive on time for any portion of the class will not be allowed to participate in the course and their registration fee will be forfeited.

Course Registration Information

The registration fee for Delaware residents is $50.00. Out-of-state residents pay $200.00.

Course Schedules

Listed below are all of the locations where courses are offered. The number in parentheses represents how many novice courses are currently scheduled at that location. If you wish to attend a novice course at a location where none are scheduled, please check back at another time.

Receiving Course Information

You can receive course information the following ways:

E-mail your name and address, city, state, zip to This link opens an email client and a brochure and course registration form will be mailed to you. Call 302-832-5163 (New Castle County), 302-744-2658 (Kent County) or 302-853-1030 (Sussex County). Leave the requested information on the voice mail recorder, speaking clearly and slowly. A brochure and course registration form will be mailed to you.

Note: Completely fill out the novice registration form indicating your first, second and third choices for the class, and return it with a check or money order made payable to the Division of Motor Vehicles. Send your request to the address on the registration form, not to a DMV office. Cash or new account checks are not acceptable. No class spaces will be reserved without receipt of payment. Once registered for a class, a student who requests a change of class will incur an additional $15.00 transfer fee. There is a fee for all returned checks. Unless otherwise notified, registrants will receive course confirmation by mail upon receipt of payment. If a student does not receive a confirmation letter within 10 working days of registering, call the Registration Office and leave your name, phone number, best time to call you, and a message to that effect.

Each course is limited to 8 students. If fewer than 4 persons have enrolled for a class, the class will be cancelled and you will have a choice of rescheduling to another class or requesting a refund. Registration fees are non-refundable for any reason except course cancellation or if the student provides at least 72 hours notification of canceling. All student requested refunds will be subject to a $15.00 processing fee.

Proper Riding Gear

A motorcycle rider is physically vulnerable. In an accident, a rider and passenger on a motorcycle are more likely to be injured than an automobile driver and passenger. Wearing protective gear, however, can reduce motorcycle injuries.

All students at a minimum must wear the following personal protective items for all on-cycle instruction:

  • DOT-compliant helmet 3/4 or Full-Face (Loaner helmets available)
  • Eye protection (Glasses or goggles, if not wearing a helmet with a face shield)
  • Low-heel, over-the-ankle footwear (Leather preferred, cloth or canvas shoes are not permitted)
  • Long, non-flare pants made of denim or of equivalent or more durable material (No sweats or exposed skin)
  • Long-sleeved shirt or jacket
  • Full-fingered gloves, made of sturdy material (Preferably leather)

It is suggested that students dress according to the weather (rain apparel, sunglass, etc.) Classes are held rain or shine. Riders who do not arrive on time will not be permitted to participate in the course and their registration fee will be forfeited.

Course Benefits:

  • Get a professional introduction to motorcycling with the beginner rider course!
  • Get your license to ride! Course graduates are exempt from the DMV road test.
  • Save 10% on your motorcycle liability insurance! Course graduates receive an MSF and State of Delaware Student Completion Card, entitling you to a 10% liability insurance discount. This discount begins on the inception date or the first renewal date of your motorcycle policy and terminates at the policy's expiration date subsequent to three years after completion of the course. You must send a copy of this card to your insurance company in order to receive the discount.
  • Your original student completion card cannot be replaced so keep it in a secure place.

Note: The State of Delaware cannot guarantee that other states will accept our course as certification for a motorcycle endorsement, nor can we guarantee the 10% liability insurance discount in other states.

State-Approved Course

This program is administered through the Delaware Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles. Delaware motorcyclists fund this program through licensing, license renewals, and motorcycle registration fees.

Last Updated: Friday, 20-Sep-2019 19:41:37 EDT