Well, I just completed (and passed BTW) my local BRC last weekend!
I know there have probably been similar threads in the past, but I just wanted to share my experience and possibly encourage other new riders.
I had logged absolutely zero hours in the saddle before taking the course and was excited to get started. There were still a few "nerves" going on -- you know, thinking "Will I suck at this? Will I lay the bike down?"
First morning out on the range the weather was overcast and rainy. This is a "rain or shine" class, so we got our introduction to motorcycling in some rather adverse conditions. Our gear (helmet, jacket, etc.) helped shed most of the water so we ended up just a little damp around the edges. (That is until the torrential downpour soaked us to the bone and drove us indoors).
We just laughed about the uncooperative weather, made the best of it and figured if we could succeed under conditions we wouldn't normally volunteer to ride in, then we'd be okay in fair weather.
I won't bore everyone with a detailed play-by-play, but here's the point:
I feel that taking the BRC was the best way I could have begun my motorcycling journey. Even if you have zero riding experience, the instructors make it easy to learn and begin gaining confidence with a few new found skills. The time and expense involved was well worth it.
I now have a better understanding of my strengths and weaknesses as a motorcyclist and have gained more insight into my responsibilities as a safe rider.
I'm still very much a beginner -- a single weekend class does not an expert make by any stretch. I will consider myself a beginner for a very long time to come. But now I have a solid foundation from which to build my skills and grow into the rider I am to become.
I highly recommend the BRC and look forward to taking the Experienced Rider Course sometime in the future.
Thanks for reading. Have you taken the course or are thinking about doing it? Please share your thoughts.