How to be a NEW Training Provider
Perhaps you have a bike shop, driving school, educational facility or just someone who wants to help people. Here is a great way to allow both new and old riders a way to enjoy the motorcycling world, in a safer manner than many of us learned how to do it in the past. Crash a few times and learn that it does not work that way. If this sounds like you, here is what you need to get started to begin hosting classes and teaching folks a safer way to ride. At any point please feel free to contact the Program Administrator Jay Huber at email@example.com or 502-564-1568 at any time in this process to help answer any questions.
Determine the need in your area. The Program Administrator can help with this. You can also talk with the County Clerks in your area and ask about the number of registered motorcycles in the county. You will also want to talk with the Circuit Clerk's licensing division and develop a working relationship there. Ask about how many motorcycle licenses they process and if they feel a safety program would be helpful in the area. Both of these places are key to a successful program. The folks who need the program the most, NEW RIDERS, are taking their written test at the courthouse and will have the greatest interest in the program typically.
Access to a large enough parking lot. This is typically one of the biggest hurdles. Finding an area large enough and free of obstacles such as light poles, islands, storm drains etc… can be tough. Especially since many local planning and zoning boards, mandate many of those obstacles for greenspace and safety purposes. The preferred size of the range is 160' x 260', which includes the runoff areas. There are exceptions for smaller areas but this is the preferred size. If you are using a range owned by someone else such as a school, business, etc., ask if they will allow you to add some markings to their pavement. Typically, the lines for the course are painted on the surface and some locations may not wish to have additional lines painted on their lot. Please have that discussion with the facility owner prior to moving forward.
Do you have a good business plan in place and enough working capital? To offer the basic classes the providers supply the motorcycles for students to use. These are under 500cc size motorcycles and on average can costs around $1000 - $3000 each. If working on a full sized range at full capacity it is recommended to have at least 14 bikes. Twelve (12) are used on the course at any given time, plus having a couple of backups for maintenance reasons. While 12, is the full amount of bikes allowed on the range, a location may start/run with fewer. Smaller range configurations will limit the number of bikes that can be out on the range at any given time. There are also insurance requirements, rent/lease payments, advertising and maintenance costs of the motorcycles to consider as well.
Having a good group of instructors is what to look at next. The state program will provide the training needed for the new instructors and update trainings for existing instructors. We do ask the providers to help identify and recruit those individuals who they believe will make good instructors. Great instructors are vital to making a great experience for your students.
While this is not everything required of the providers, it does give a quick snapshot of the major items. If this sounds like something you can accomplish, then the next step would be to fill out the application and submit it to the Program Administrator with the required documents. See the link below. Please feel free to contact the Program Administrator at any point along this process to help answer questions which may arise and discuss the finer details or the program. We are always looking to grow the program and want to work with all groups, businesses and individuals with the desire to make motorcycling safe and enjoyable to as many folks as possible.