2020: ABATE of COLORADO CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF MOTORCYCLE TRAINING!

NOTICE: NEW DOR RULES FOR
OUT OF STATE LICENSE HOLDERS AND PRE-LICENSED TEENS

Students may still take the course with an out-of-state license. The following two memo links will clarify steps to obtain a new Colorado license. These steps must be completed prior to attending class. After obtaining the code, please email to abategeneral@abateofcolo.org or call 303-789-3264

  1. MOST PreRegistration Steps
  2. Steps for Out of State License Holders

MOTORCYCLE TRAINING CLASS UPDATE

19 May 2020 Motorcycle Training update:

We have been given TENTATIVE start dates for some locations, ACTUAL start dates for some and no update for others:

Arapahoe Community College – First class will be held July 11th. Previously registered students will have first option. 
Aurora Public Schools – No update
Red Rocks Community College – First class will be held June 4th. Previously registered students will have first option.
Front Range Larimer – July 6th
Sterling Airport – Open
Rifle Airport – June 6th
Breckenridge CMC – Closed for season
Pueblo Chemical Depot – Anticipated June 6th


REGISTER FOR A CLASS

All classes subject to minimum enrollment. Prices shown below are effective January 1, 2019.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT / DRESS FOR ALL COURSES/SESSIONS: 
You must provide eye protection, over the ankle boots (most work type boots and hiking boots work well, but canvas high-top sneakers will not be accepted), full-fingered canvas or leather gloves, long pants and long sleeves, helmet (loaner helmets are available). Until further notice, all students and instructors must wear masks (not provided). 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. All classes are subject to minimum enrollment. 
  2. Classes may be cancelled due to inclement weather. In the event of a weather cancellation, you will be offered your choice of a free reschedule or a full refund. 
  3. There is no charge for rescheduling or canceling your class if the request is made at least two business days prior to the class start.
  4. Reschedules or cancellations with less than two business day notice will require a fee.
  5. If you do not arrive on time for all class sessions, do not show up for class, arrive unprepared (see required items for class) or leave, or are asked to leave, for any reason, you have forfeited your tuition. There will be a fee to reschedule.
  6. Attendance does not guarantee successful completion.
  7. Students wishing to use a scooter (automatic) MUST notify the office at least one week prior to class. Failure to do so may result in no scooter being available for your class. 
  8. Upon successful completion, which includes passing both the written and riding skills tests when applicable, students will receive a completion card/certificate.
  9. If payment is not made at time of registration, it must be received no later than three (3) business days prior to the beginning of class or your reservation could be cancelled. 

Prerequisites: Valid drivers license or permit. You MUST present your drivers license the first day of class. This course is designed for beginner or new riders who are interested in learning to ride skillfully and safely. A good sense of balance is required (must have recent bicycle experience). Approximately 70% of the course is on-cycle instruction. Motorcycles are supplied for this course and helmets are provided if needed. Half or “shorty” helmets are not recommended as they may put the user at unnecessary additional risk. You will learn everything from mounting to maximum braking and swerving. Upon successful completion of the course the riding and written portion of the Colorado motorcycle license test will be waived. Many insurance companies offer a discount to graduates of this course. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation and Colorado State Patrol certify this course. Refunds may be made to those who withdraw 48 hours prior to the first class session. There will be a $5 processing fee for withdrawals. Rain dates will be announced by the instructor. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early for each class session. Maximum of 12 participants per section. We provide the motorcycle and a helmet if you do not have one.

ATTENTION
OUT OF STATE LICENSE HOLDERS AND PRE-LICENSED TEENS

Students may still take the course with an out-of-state license. The following two memo links will clarify steps to obtain a new Colorado license. These steps must be completed prior to attending class. After obtaining the code, please email to abategeneral@abateofcolo.org or call 303-789-3264

  1. MOST PreRegistration Steps
  2. Steps for Out of State License Holders
BASIC RIDER COURSE$260

Prerequisites: Valid drivers license or permit. Recent and significant riding experience. This approximately 8 hour course is designed for riders who do not as yet possess a motorcycle endorsement on their drivers license. This is not a beginners course. Motorcycles are supplied for this course.  Use of participants personal motorcycle (less than 350cc and street legal) is optional at some locations. (A valid motorcycle learners permit, proof of insurance and registration is required if the course is conducted on participants personal motorcycle.) This course includes both a written test and a riding test. Participants who successfully complete this course will receive a completion certificate which waives further testing with the Colorado DMV for a motorcycle endorsement. We provide the motorcycle and a helmet if you do not have one. The new MSF curriculum for the BRC2LW requires a pre-course online assignment. There is no additional charge for this e-course. When you’ve completed your registration, you will be sent a link to the course. Please pay careful attention to the information that is emailed to you by either ABATE or the MSF registration system.  Failure to follow instructions will result in an automatic failure and a forfeiture of your tuition.

ATTENTION
OUT OF STATE LICENSE HOLDERS AND PRE-LICENSED TEENS

Students may still take the course with an out-of-state license. The following two memo links will clarify steps to obtain a new Colorado license. These steps must be completed prior to attending class. After obtaining the code, please email to abategeneral@abateofcolo.org or call 303-789-3264

  1. MOST PreRegistration Steps
  2. Steps for Out of State License Holders
BASIC RIDER COURSE 2 WITH TESTING$185

This approximately 5-hr course is for experienced riders. There is no formal classroom and the riding exercises focus on limited-space maneuvers, modeled after police training courses. Through progressively challenging exercises, you develop smooth and precise control and learn more about the limits of your abilities and your bike’s capability. You must bring a valid motorcycle permit/license endorsement, and an insured/registered/street-legal motorcycle.

UBBRC$185

Sharpen your slow riding skills and you will greatly improve your overall skills. The ABATE Police Style Riding was developed and is presented by former police motor officer/trainer Don “Top” Gunn and concentrates on the low-speed maneuvers taught to police officers for the purposes of increasing riding proficiency as well as confidence. Learn to operate a motorcycle at its limits with emphasis on turning in the smallest area, use of transmission clutch and brakes for the highest level of control, and practice maximum braking and brake-and-escape maneuvers. Smaller-sized training bikes are used the first day of this two-day course. Students are encouraged to use their own (safe street-legal) bike on the second day. Requirements: A valid drivers license with motorcycle endorsement, your own street legal motorcycle with current registration and proof of insurance. – Course is 2 days

POLICE-STYLE RIDING/MOTORCYCLE SKILLS TRAINING$260

ABATE motorcycle safety classes are certified by the Colorado MOST Program

Directions to Training Locations

Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe, Littleton, CO. Take Santa Fe to Church St. (just south of Bowles). Turn East (left from the North, right from the South) on Church and park in the lot. Report to classroom 1640 in the main hallway of the main building.

Aurora Public Schools Bus Garage at 84 Airport Blvd, Aurora. From Airport Blvd. go East on Centretech to the stop sign and make a right. Go to the warehouse and park. Walk through the gate to the tower. Classroom is in the tower.

Colorado Mountain College, 107 Denison Placer Rd, Breckenridge 80424. CMC is between Continental Court & Highway 9, cross street is Coyne Valley Road.

Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus, 4616 S. Shields St., Ft. Collins, CO 80526 (Near Harmony Road between Shields St and Hwy 287). CLASSROOM: PLEASE SEE CONFIRMATION.

Morgan Community College, 920 Barlow Rd., Fort Morgan, CO. Directions from I-76: Exit 82 toward Fort Morgan. Turn South on Barlow Road and continue to the college. Use the North entrance and park on the North side of the building. Class meets in the Elm Building.

Red Rocks Community College, 13300 W. 6th Ave, Lakewood. Take the Union Ave. exit of off 6th Ave., go south. Turn right at the next street (4th) and then another right on VanGordon. This is the 6th Ave Frontage road which will take you to the main entrance of Red Rocks Community College (Arbutus Street). Turn south at the stoplight and follow Arbutus St. to the roundabout. Go through the roundabout and take the second turn (Campus Loop) to South Forty. (Look for the South Entrance sign). Follow South Forty until the 3-way stop. Make a right and park in the parking lot. Meet at the sheds in the training parking lot.

Sterling Airport. Take Main Street west to the airport. Turn in and park in front of the Terminal building. The classroom is inside the Terminal building.

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DISCOUNT FOR MILITARY, POLICE & FIRST RESPONDERS
Call 303-789-3264 to Register or email abategeneral@abateofcolo.org for a discount code.

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GIVE THE GIFT OF SAFETY TRAINING

Gift Certificates may be purchased for any of our training courses either in person or by calling our office (303-789-3264).

Gift certificates are non-refundable and are valid for one year after purchase.

Why Choose Us

Choosing a training company? Is quality important to you? Ask these questions:

1. What size are the training ranges? Are they large or standard ranges in closed off, secluded parking lots?

A: The curriculum provider sets the standards that are to be followed. We have different size ranges, depending on the location. All are approved by MOST and the curriculum provider.

2. Does the company schedule multiple classes on a single training area on the same days?

A: ABATE tries not to schedule more than one class on the same training range on the same days. Sometimes circumstances require us to make exceptions.

3. What is the maximum number of students assigned to each instructor?

A: The curriculum provider determines the maximum number of students per instructor based on the range. We never exceed these requirements and prefer smaller ratios.

4. Who are the instructors?

A: All ABATE’s instructors are experienced motorcyclists. They have a desire to share and pass on their knowledge and love of riding to others.

5. What training are instructors required to have?

A. All instructors are required to complete a curriculum specific instructor prep course and pass a test. They are then certified to teach specific courses by both the curriculum provider and MOST. Additionally, instructors must meet certain requirements to continue to be certified. ABATE also requires our instructors to attend annual updates to continue teaching for our company.

6. What motorcycles are used for training?

A: Colorado has rules governing the esize of motorcycles that can be used in training. ABATE owns and maintains a fleet of approximately 150 motorcycles of various brands, configurations and sizes so we can accomodate the majority of students that take the class.

FAQ

Q. I see the time classes start but not the end time. How late do these classes go?

A: The end time is approximate and we can’t tell you exactly what time you will be released for the day. Various factors can dictate what time the class ends on any given day: weather, class progression, etc. You should plan to be there all day, at least until 5:30 PM. Not all classes run this late, but some will run even later.

Q. I have an appointment and may need to leave the class early.

A. The class exercises must be completed in a certain order before the student can progress to the next exercise. There are no exceptions. If you can’t attend the entire class, you should consider rescheduling your class. Leaving the class early is an automatic failure and will result in a tuition forfeiture.

Q. What kind/size bikes do you use?

A. We have a fleet of training bikes that average about 250cc and are from various manufacturers.

Q. What if I want to ride a scooter? Do you have scooter classes?

A. We do not have scooter-only classes but we do have a limited number of scooters at most of our locations which can be reserved for those who wish to ride a scooter. Scooters must be reserved, so although we try to get you into a class on your first choice of dates, we ask you to be flexible.

Q. Can I use my own bike in the class?

A. In the BRC or BRC2LW, you generally cannot use your own bike. Exceptions may be made in certain circumstances, i.e. for medical reasons or to use a scooter. Restrictions do apply in these instances so be sure to call for details.

Q. If I register online and enter my credit card information, when will my account be charged?

A. The website is in real time and clicking on validate card will result in an immediate transaction.

Q. It’s going to be hot. Do I really have to wear long sleeves, boots and all that?

A. Yes. That’s why we say required. Failure to have the required gear is grounds for dismissal from class and your tuition is forfeited.

Q. What footwear is acceptable?

A. The state rules, the curriculum and the insurance all require your ankle bone be covered while riding the training bikes. Any sturdy boot, including hiking boots, are acceptable as long as they cover your ankle. Dress boots (those with a high heel or platform, or those with dangling ornamentation) can interfere with successful operation of the motorcycle.

Q. What eye protection is acceptable?

A. For the purposes of the class, which is conducted on a closed course, glasses or sunglasses are acceptable. A helmet face shield also works but it must remain down at all times while on the range.

Q. Does everyone pass the Beginners’ Course?

A. No. This is a pass/fail course. Certain objectives must be met before a student can progress to testing and must then pass the test. We do have a very high success rate but not everyone passes the first time.

Q. What happens if I do fail the Beginners’ Course?

A. People fail for different reasons, therefore there is no set answer to this question. Your instructor will make a recommendation as to what he/she feels you need to successfully complete the course. We will then handle your particular case individually.

Q. If I fail the course can I get a refund?

A. No. As stated elsewhere, this is a Pass/Fail course. There is no money-back guarantee.

Q. What happens in the event of inclement weather?

A. If you do not receive a phone call prior to class, plan to be there. Parts of the class is indoors so is not affected by weather. If your class is unable to complete the riding portion due to weather, your instructor will give you the make-up date and you will be able to complete only that part that was not completed. If your schedule does not allow for the instructor’s make-up date, you will need to call the office and be slotted into another class. In that event, you may have to repeat a few exercises as it is difficult to determine the exact time a new class will be at the place you left off.

Q. I took the written test at the DMV and have my permit. Will I still have to take the written test in class?

A. Yes. Our written test is a part of the curriculum and is not the same as the Colorado DMV test. The DMV accepts our written test upon successful completion of the class for purposes of licensing but that test does not replace the curriculum test. You have to pass both the written and riding tests to successfully complete this course.

Q. I have my own helmet but am not sure it’s appropriate for class. Can I bring it?

A. Sure. If you’re not sure whether your helmet is appropriate, the instructor will check it for you. If it’s not appropriate, you can borrow one of ours.

Q. I want to give a training course as a gift. Do you have gift certificates?

A. Yes, but you must purchase them either in person or over the phone (303-789-3264). Gift Certificates are non-refundable, although in some cases, they may be transferred.