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Motorcycle Rider Safety Course

Overview

Basic Rider (2-wheel) and Trike (3-wheel)

The Basic Rider course provides classroom and actual motorcycle operator training in a controlled environment. This course is not eligible for financial aid. This course CANNOT be audited. Participants under 19 years of age should contact the DMV for information on obtaining a motorcycle learner's permit and operator's license.

The 2-Wheel Rider course is a 1-credit course. A class M-2 license endorsement is issued on site upon successful completion of the course. Trainer motorcycles and helmets are provided.

The 3-Wheel Rider course is a 1-credit course. A class M-3 license endorsement is issued on site upon successful completion of the course. Students may use their own motorcycles or have the option of using one provided.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation certifies our Instructors/Rider Coaches. A valid automobile license or a motorcycle learner's permit is required to participate in this class. No previous riding experience is necessary; however a good sense of balance is required.

Trainer motorcycles and helmets are provided. Students taking the 3-wheel course may choose to ride their own bikes. 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. The instructor has the final authority in determining if a student shall be permitted to participate in the riding portion of the course.

Students will learn:

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

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

  • 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.

Click here for more information about the 2 and 3 Wheel Rider courses. (PDF)

Experienced Rider and One-on-One Tutoring

The Experienced Rider course is a non-credit course. Have you recently completed a beginner course or need a refresher? Hone your skills to a higher level in a one-day class designed to increase your awareness and confidence on the road. Students may use their own motorcycles or have the option of using one provided.

The One-On-One Tutoring is a non-credit course. It is designed for the rider who is unsure if they are ready for a full beginner course and for the rider who has experienced a beginner course, but needs a little more time to feel more comfortable and safer.

Click here for more information about the Experienced and One-on-One Rider courses. (PDF)

2016 Spring Schedule

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

Friday: 6:00 - 9:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday (Single Session): 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday (Dual Session): 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM or 1:00 - 6:00 PM

Instructors determine the ride times for individuals in dual session classes; therefore students in dual session classes should be available ALL day on Saturday & Sunday of their scheduled course. 

*All times are approximate and are subject to change by VWCC due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

2-Wheel Rider

Seminar Section(s) Date(s)
*RVH 130 11 March 11-13
*RVH 130 12 March 18-20
*RVH 130 13 April 1-3
RVH 130 14 & 15 April 8-10
RVH 130 16 & 17 April 15-17
RVH 130 18 & 19 April 22-24
RVH 130 20 & 21 April 29 - May 1

*Denotes single session classes

3-Wheel (Trike) Rider

Date Time
Friday, March 4 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Saturday, March 5 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, March 6 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Experienced Rider Course

May 7: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

One-on-One Tutoring

Meeting date and time are a collaboration between instructor and student and are offered in 3 hour segments.

Registration & Tuition

2 and 3 Wheel Rider Course

This course is not eligible for financial aid.

Virginia Resident: $157.09*
Non-Virginia Resident: $351.69*

*Current tuition for 2015-2016 academic year; subject to change.

To enroll for these classes, you can Apply, Register and Pay online.

For additional information or assistance with the registration process, contact the Enrollment Center at 857-7231. If you need additional information about this course, call Tammy Meador at 857-6402.

Experienced Rider Course

Cost: $60.00

To apply and enroll for these courses, contact Workforce Development at 540-857-6675.

One-on-One Tutoring

Cost: $80.00

To set up a tutoring session, contact Tammy Meador at 857-6402.

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