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Classroom Location:
The Riding Academy of NJ
2 Shady Street
Paterson, NJ 07524
P (973) 742-2300
F (973) 742-7800

Riding Range Location:
K-Mart parking lot
180 Broadway (Rt 4)
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407



The Riding Academy of NJ is now under NEW & BETTER MANAGEMENT. A management change in 2009 has enabled us to bring the school to a new and higher level, and offer more benefits to our students.

The practice riding range is still located at K-Mart, 180 Broadway (Route 4) in Elmwood Park, NJ

Classes offered on weekdays and weekends.

Beginning RiderCourse and Private Lessons

The Riding Academy of NJ is proud to offer the following Motorcycle Safety Foundation Courses;

1) The Basic RiderCourse (BRC1). This 18-hour course is designed for beginning, entry level riders and others who want to get a motorcycle license/endorsement and for Read More (and see below).

2) The Introductory Motorcycle Experience (IME). This 2-hour session is designed for those beginners who have never driven a clutch vehicle and want to get some practice before taking the BRC1. Read More.

3) The Additional Practice Riding Course (ABRC). This 4-hour course is designed for those who want extra practice after taking the BRC1 and for Read More.

4) The Experienced RiderCourse (BRC2). This 1-day course is designed for those who already have a motorcycle license/endorsement and want to further develop their riding skills on their own motorcycle and for Read More.

5) The Advanced RiderCourse-Sportbike Techniques (ARC). This 1-day course is designed for those who already have a motorcycle license/endorsement and want to take their riding skills to a higher level by using certain key sportbike techniques to improve speed, traction and control, and Read More.


Basic RiderCourse Information

If you want to take the Basic RiderCourse (BRC1), all you need now is just a valid NJ Driver License. You no longer need a motorcycle permit to take the course. However, if you intend to ride a motorcycle on the street before taking the BRC1, you still need to get a valid motorcycle permit (take the NJ MVC motorcycle written test and eye test). If a police officer pulls you over, you need to show a valid motorcycle permit. (You are not allowed to ride a motorcycle outside the State of NJ on a NJ motorcycle permit).

As of 1/28/11, anyone under the age of 18 must take a beginner motorcycle safety course approved by the State of NJ in order to get a motorcycle license/endorsement. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic RiderCourse (BRC1) is the beginner motorcycle safety course approved by the State of NJ. (Written parental/guardian permission is required).

If you decide to drop out of the Basic RiderCourse (BRC1) during the first day of the practice riding exercises, $100 of the course fee will be refunded to you. We are the only NJ Motorcycle Provider that offers this unique refund policy. If riding a motorcycle is not for you, we don't want you to lose all your money. Other Providers will not refund any of your money.

If you don't pass the BRC1 Skill Evaluation (which you need to do in order to get your motorcycle endorsement/license), you can retest 3 ways at The Riding Academy of NJ;

  1. If you take the BRC1 with us, you can retake the entire Skill Evaluation with us for free. (Other providers charge a fee for a retest or don't offer a retest).
  2. If you need additional practice, you can take the Additional Practice Riding Course (ABRC) for only $150 and retest after the course.
  3. If you didn't pass the course with another Provider, you can take the Additional Practice Riding Course (ABRC) with us for only $150 and retest after the course or retake the entire BRC1 with us at a discounted rate of $200.

Standby for Basic RiderCourse (BRC1) classes: If a BRC1 class you want to get into is full, you can try getting into that class as a Standby. Come to the classroom, which is located on the 2nd floor inside the Big Boyz Toy Box building at 2 Shady St in the renowned & historic Bunker Hill section of Paterson, on the first night of the class by 5:30 PM if you want to get into the "A" or "D3" class, or on the first morning of the class by 7:30 AM if you want to get into the "B" or "D2" class. If we have a no-show for that class, you can get in the class. You will need to bring your valid NJ Driver License (or valid NJ motorcycle permit if you don't have a valid NJ Driver License) and payment with you.

Military Service Men and Women: Active military personnel can take the MSF courses for free at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Lakehurst, NJ. Call (732) 323-2525 for details. If you are a NJ resident and took the Basic RiderCourse (BRC1) at a military installation within the past 180 days, you can get the NJ MVC road test waiver by going to any NJ MVC Testing Center with your BRC1 Completion Card and military documents.

For more information about the Basic RiderCourse (BRC1), Click Here _______________________________________________________________

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) courses we offer are conducted on weekends and weekdays, rain or shine, except in severe weather conditions like heavy rain, lightning, snow and ice. Some of the MSF courses we offer are only conducted on weekdays. Some are only conducted on weekends. (We reserve the right to cancel a class at any time due to weather, low enrollment or unforeseen circumstances). We regularly conduct classes every week from mid-March to the end of November, weather permitting.

To learn why taking a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) RiderCourse is an important part of getting the most out of your motorcycle experience, listen to Robert Gladden, MSF Vice President, explain why. Click Here.

Our award-winning instructors are highly trained to teach the Motorcycle Safety Foundation courses. They are certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the State of NJ. To see who they are and to read about their credentials, Click Here.

Be sure to read the page/tab for the course you are interested in along with our Cancellation Policies and FAQ's before registering for one of our courses.

To see when the courses are offered and to register for one, go to our Course Schedule.

The Riding Academy of NJ has been approved by the Chief Adminstrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission to offer the New Jersey Motorcycle Safety Education Course.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® is the internationally recognized developer of the comprehensive, research-based, Rider Education and Training System curricula that promotes lifelong-learning for motorcyclists and continuous professional development for certified RiderCoaches and other trainers. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation also actively participates in government relations, safety research, public awareness campaigns and the provision of technical assistance to state training and licensing programs. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organization sponsored by BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha. To visit the MSF website, Click Here.

The Riding Academy of N.J. Inc., is a Not-for-Profit NJ Motorcycle Safety Provider. We accept donations of any kind; money, helmets, motorcycle riding gear, parts or lubricants for Suzuki GZ 250's. This would help us to help the community by promoting motorcycle safety training. All charitable contributions are tax deductible.

The Riding Academy of N.J. Inc., shall admit students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to all students at the school. It will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies.

Successfully completing a Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCourse is not a guarantee that you will be safe on the road. Only you can choose the level of safety you wish to maintain. The courses will provide you with the opportunities and experiences to acquire the basic knowledge and skill that enable you to continue to practice and develop your safe riding habits. Safe riding is also a matter of attitude, and only you can provide that.

*Provided you have a valid NJ Driver License.

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