Frequently Asked Questions





Rider Education FAQ's

Do I Get My Motorcycle Operator License?
Successful completion of either the Basic or Experienced Rider Courses will get you a Course Completion Card which the State of Alaska, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recognizes as sufficient proficiency to place a Motorcycle Endorsement on your license.

What if I'm late for class?
What if you're late for a cruise? The ship sails without you. Your slot will be given away to a standby person at 5:30PM, no ifs, ands or buts. If you are late for ANY scheduled session, you will not be allowed to continue the course.  You will also be charged an additional $25 change fee to be rescheduled.

Is there a "standby list" if a class is full?
, however you may show up at the classroom the first night of class at 5:15PM. You must be pre-registered with homework in hand. We will choose standby names (randomly) at 5:30PM if there are slots available.

How much does it cost?

  • The Basic Rider Course costs $275.00
  • The Experienced Rider Course costs $120.00
    ($100 for current Juneau ABATE members).

When do I pay?
When you sign up.
Paying for the course when you sign up is your commitment to us that you will show up on time and prepared for the class.

Do I need a motorcycle permit?
. You do not need a motorcycle permit for either the Basic Rider Course or the Experienced Rider Course

Do I need a bike for the class?
If you are taking the Basic Rider Course you will not need a motorcycle.  Juneau ABATE provides a variety of motorcycles under 500cc's for you to learn to ride on.

If you are taking the Experienced Rider Course you will need to bring your own motorcycle. For this course we recommend that you be somewhat familiar with your motorcycle.

How long is the Basic Rider Course?
The Basic Rider Course begins with a classroom session on Friday night starting at 5:30 PM and lasting until approximately 9:30 PM. The following morning class begins out on the range at 8:00 AM and goes until approximately 5:00 PM, with an hour break for lunch mid-day.  Sunday class also begins at 8:00 AM and goes until approximately 2:00 PM.

How long is the Experienced Rider Course?
The Experienced Rider Course takes approximately 5-6 hours and it goes from 9:00 AM to approximately 3:00 PM. There is no classroom session for the Experienced Rider Course; it's all done on the range.

Are their tests?
The Basic Rider Course has both a written and a skills test.  The written test is administered on Friday night at the conclusion of the classroom session.  This test covers the information presented in the classroom and provided in the Student Handbook.  Students must successfully pass the written test in order to proceed to the range sessions.  Upon conclusion of the range sessions on Sunday a skills test is administered.  This test evaluates the skills learned during the previous two days and must be successfully completed before a course completion card is awarded.

The Experienced Rider Course has only a skills test.  Upon conclusion of the range sessions a skills test is administered.  This test evaluates the skills learned during that day and must be successfully completed before a course completion card is awarded.

What if I don't pass?
We have an extremely high passing rate. Take it easy and have some fun. In the event that you do not successfully complete the riding evaluation you are allowed one re-test within 30 days. We recommend spending a week or two at home, studying your course handbook and resting, returning refreshed to re-test on one of the following weekends.  You must schedule this re-test in advance though.

What if it rains?
Well, what if it rains? Do you stay at home from work or school when it rains? Do you leave your bike in the garage if it rains? Will you ever get caught in the rain? Rain is something you will face as a rider and we still teach in the rain. Riding in the rain is more fun that you might think, so don't worry about it.  Besides, this is Southeast Alaska.

What do I need to bring?
From head to toe:

  •  Helmet. We have loaner helmets if you don’t have your own.
  • Eye protection. Prescription glasses, safety glasses, or motorcycle goggles.  Sunglasses are permitted if prescription or safety glasses are not available.  We like to see your eyes though.
  •  Long sleeves in the form of a jacket, sweatshirt or a long sleeve t-shirt. Think layers. If it is hot you will want to take your jacket or sweatshirt off, but you will still be required to have a long sleeve shirt on.
  • Gloves. Full-finger leather or riding gloves. Absolutely NO fingerless gloves allowed.
  •  Pants that aren't loose around the ankles. Leave your bell bottoms at home.
  • Over the ankle footwear. You need ankle support when you are riding. Sturdy boots, over the ankles and lace-ups are acceptable. Low heels work best, keep the fashionable boots at home.  Open toed sandals are expressly PROHIBITED.
  • Raingear, just in case. We call it rain insurance.
  •  Water, granola bars, etc. There is a portable toilet but no other facilities. You will be able to leave for lunch (one hour).

Where are classes held?
The classroom sessions are usually held at the Orca Room of the Frontier Suites (next to Dominos Pizza), although other locations may be used.  We will let you know the location when you receive your workbook.  The range sessions are held at the DOT&PF parking lot at 7-mile Glacier Highway (between Wal-Mart and Fred Meyers).  Please call or email us in advance if you are unsure of either class location.