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Motorcycle Rider Safety Course


The Basic Rider Course (BRC) provides classroom and actual motorcycle operator training in a controlled environment.

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In the Basic Rider Course, students will have the opportunity to learn:

  • To have more fun by riding a motorcycle safely.
  • The basics: what to wear, how to start and stop your motorcycle, and motorcycle controls.
  • Street strategies to avoid trouble and stay safe.
  • How to maneuver a motorcycle in tough situations. Swerving, avoiding collisions, special situations, lane changes, passing, and avoiding hazards.

You are taught techniques such as:

  • Basic motorcycle operation
  • Straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping
  • Cornering, braking and swerving

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation certifies our Instructors/RiderCoaches.

A valid automobile license or a motorcycle learner's permit is required to participate in this class.

Trainer motorcycles are provided.

No previous riding experience is necessary; however a good sense of balance is required.

2014 Spring Schedule

Seminar Section(s) Date(s)
RVH 130 11 March 14, 15, 16
RVH 130 12 March 21, 22, 23
RVH 130 13 March 28, 29, 30
RVH 130 14-15 April 4, 5, 6
RVH 130 16-17 April 11, 12, 13
RVH 130 18-19 April 25, 26, 27
RVH 130 20-21 May 2, 3, 4

Class Days/Hours

Students MUST be on time for all class sessions. NO ADMITTANCE for late arrivals.

Friday: 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday: Single Session Classes 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Dual Session Classes 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM or 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

These times are approximate and are subject to changes due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Tuition & Additional Materials


Composite tuition, subject to change

Virginia Resident: $142.59 per credit hour
Non-Virginia Resident: $337.19 per credit hour

Additional Materials

For the riding portion of the course, students must provide protective gear.

The protective gear consists of:

  • Full coverage or three-quarter DOT-approved motorcycle helmet and eye protection
  • Sturdy over-the-ankle footwear
  • Long non-flare denim pants or material of equivalent or better durability
  • Long-sleeved shirt or jacket
  • Full-fingered gloves preferably leather

Students will not be permitted to ride without this protective gear. Helmets are available if needed.

To Register

To enroll for these classes, you can Apply, Register and Pay online.
For additional information or assistance with the registration process, contact the Admissions Office at 857-7231.
If you need additional information about this program, call Carlton Mabe at 857-7375.

The instructor has the final authority in determining if a student shall be permitted to participate in the riding portion of the course.

There is a knowledge and a riding skills test at the end of the course. Passing these two tests earns the student a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Completion Card and a Virginia licensing waiver, subject to VA DMV license requirements.


From I-81
Take Exit 143, Travel South on I-581 to the Colonial Avenue Exit and follow the signs for 7/10 of a mile.

From VA 419
Turn North onto Colonial Avenue and proceed 1.9 miles.

Training will be conducted on the Virginia Western Community College Campus, in Webber Hall, Room W121. Students should park in front of the building between the white lines. (Campus Map)

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