eRider® Basic is a course for novice riders that includes 4-6 hours of online classroom instruction and 8 hours of range (on-cycle) instruction. The range riding practice takes place over two days and builds fundamental street-riding skills and strategies. All classroom is done at home on the computer. For individuals with no riding experience who are comfortable using a computer, this is the recommended course. Courses with traditional classroom are also available.
The online classroom is highly interactive, using video and other features to address risk management, riding strategy, roadway management, impairments and special riding situations like carrying passengers and group riding. Participants complete online Chapters 1 and 2 (riding gear and motorcycle controls) before the first riding session. Students who have not completed Chapters 1 and 2 may be dismissed from class.
Practice riding starts with basic skills, such as getting underway, turning, shifting and stopping, then moves on to the more advanced street skills of emergency braking, cornering and swerving. eRider® students will also enjoy smaller class sizes on the range for more individual coaching.
A motorcycle endorsement on your license is not required to take the course; however, you will need a valid driver's license or driver's permit to register. If you are looking to obtain your motorcycle operator endorsement, successful completion of this course will waive ITD's skills test requirement if the endorsement is added within one year of passing the course. Learn more here.
Completion cards are awarded to graduates of eRider® Basic I. To receive a completion card, you must complete all classroom activities (Chapters 1-6) and on-cycle riding sessions, pass the online quizzes and pass an on-cycle skill test. Students have up to 60 days after the riding sessions begin to complete the online classroom.
General eRider® Course Information
We provide motorcycles and helmets for your convenience.
For students who choose to use personally owned motorcycles, be aware you may only use motorcycles/scooters that are 400cc or less. All personally owned motorcycles/scooters must be street legal and in safe operating condition. The Instructor will inspect your vehicle to ensure compliance. A Pre-Ride Inspection Checklist is available to help you prepare for the class. While the Instructor will not check all items, the Pre-Ride Inspection Checklist is an excellent tool to ensure your vehicle is in safe operating condition. Straight pipes or excessively loud bikes are NOT allowed and will be determined appropriate at the discretion of the Instructor.
If a personally owned motorcycle/scooter does not pass inspection or a mechanical failure ensues within ample time of Basic I course completion, the student will have the option of using or continuing on a program motorcycle.
You must bring current proof of insurance and ownership/current registration for the motorcycle/scooter used in training. If the registration and/or insurance are not in your name, you must bring written permission from the owner allowing you to use the vehicle during the class.
Though a motorcycle endorsement (M) on your driver’s license or an instructional permit is not required to take the class, one is required, by law, to ride your motorcycle/scooter to and from class.
Please arrive 15 minutes early. You must be on time for all classes to continue the course. All eRider® courses meet on the riding range. Bring snacks and beverages. Water will be available. Course end times are approximate and may vary due to weather or other circumstances. Please allow extra time when scheduling for childcare, work or other commitments around your course.
You must come prepared to ride with the following riding gear (no exceptions!):
If you are not allowed to continue because you do not have appropriate gear as defined above, your full tuition will be forfeited.
If you are under 18 years of age, a waiver must be signed by your parent or guardian. Your parent or guardian can stop by the Idaho STAR main offices in Boise and sign paperwork before class, OR they may come to the beginning of class to sign the necessary paperwork. Another option is for you to print the waiver and have your parent or guardian take both pages to be notarized prior to the class, then bring the notarized waiver to class with you. You will not be allowed to ride in the course until the Instructor has an acceptable waiver on file. If you are not allowed to continue for this reason, your full tuition will be forfeited.
eRider® Course Availability
eRider® is not offered at every Idaho STAR training location. To view eRider® Basic course dates, times and to register, click here.
If you are unable to find a course that fits your schedule, view nearby sites for more options. And keep checking back: When classes fill, additional classes may be scheduled to meet student demand.
When you register, you will be sent an e-mail confirmation and link to the online classroom from "Info@IdahoSTAR.org" Read this confirmation carefully. It will have the course schedule and start times, what to bring, map to the site, etc. If you do not receive a confirmation, check your junk e-mail folder.
eRider® System Requirements
eRider® students must use a computer that meets basic system requirements. The online classroom requires a modern desktop, laptop or tablet computer; a current operating system and Web browser; high-speed Internet; and headphones, earphones or speakers. Smart phones do not provide adequate screen resolution and are not recommended for use in this class.