Fast-Track Program (Business, Technology & Trades)

Motorcycle Rider Safety Courses

Virginia Western Community College offers opportunities for being licensed to ride 2-wheel motorcycles through the Basic Rider sessions as well as opportunities for licensed riders to hone skills through Experienced Rider sessions. One-on-one tutoring is also available for beginners who wish an introduction or training on a motorcycle before attempting a class. Read below for the class that best suits your interest and needs.

Basic Rider 2-Wheel Course (1 credit each)

The Basic Rider 2-wheel course (RVH 130) is offered for one credit. The course provides classroom and actual motorcycle operator training in a controlled environment. This course is not eligible for financial aid and CANNOT be audited. Participants under 18 years of age should contact the DMV for information on obtaining a motorcycle learner’s permit and operator’s license.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation certifies our Instructors/Rider Coaches. A valid automobile license or learner’s permit is required to participate in these courses. No previous riding experience is necessary for the Basic Rider Courses; however, a good sense of balance is required.

Trainer motorcycles are provided for the basic rider 2-wheel course. Bikes may include, but are not limited to: Suzuki tu25Oxl9, Kawasaki z125pro, BMW g31or, Yamaha tw200, Yamaha vStar250, & Yamaha xt250.

Students are assigned motorcycles for the best fit possible for riding safety. There is a knowledge and a riding skills test at the end of the course. Passing these two tests earns the student a 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. Students will not be permitted to ride without this protective gear.

  • Helmet (The minimum coverage helmet required by the State of Virginia DMV is a DOT certified “three-quarter” helmet. Essentially, an open face helmet with hard shell material covering the ears fully. Even though DOT approved, “Half” or “Shorty” helmets do not meet the minimum coverage requirement and are not allowed use in the class.)
  • 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
  • Eye protection – sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses are acceptable

Class Times & Cost

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 – 4:00 PM
*Saturday & Sunday (Dual Session): 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

*On weekends when dual sessions are scheduled, students are assigned either morning or afternoon ride times. Instructors determine the ride times for students and there can be no guarantee of an assignment for morning or afternoon times. Therefore, students should be available from 7:30 AM until 6 PM on Saturday and Sunday in order to allow attendance at either session as identified by the instructor. 

Cost: VA Resident $170.09; Out-of-State: $370.19

Class Dates

Multiple sections of the Basic Rider 2-wheel (RVH 130) course are scheduled each semester. You can view the semester credit sections by accessing the online Class Schedule. For the “subject”, select Recreation and Motorcycle Safety.

Traditionally, semester classes are scheduled as follows:

  • Spring sections meet between mid-March through end of April
  • Summer sections meet May through July
  • Fall sections meet August through first week of November

Register and Pay

To enroll for these classes, you can applyregister and pay online.

For additional information or assistance with the registration process, call 24/7 Student Support at 855-874-6690. If you need additional information about these courses, call Tammy Meador at 857-6402.

Experienced Rider 2-Wheel Course (non-credit)

Have you recently completed a beginner 2-wheel course or need a refresher? Hone your skills to a higher level in a one-day non-credit class designed to increase your awareness and confidence on the road. For the Experienced Rider 2-Wheel course, students are encouraged to use their own motorcycle or have the option of using one provided.

Class Times & Cost

Saturday: 1:00 – 6:00 PM

Cost: $75.00

Click here to find available classes.

Register and Pay

Searching for a course, enrolling and paying is a simple online process. First, go to

To enroll, you should first complete a profile by selecting SIGN IN from the left-hand menu (directly under COURSES), then select CREATE NEW PROFILE and answer all the questions to establish your account. If you are an existing student, you may log in to begin the enrollment process below.

Once you are signed in, search for the class by clicking on COURSES, then selecting SPECIAL INTEREST under Personal Enrichment to locate the listing for MOTORCYCLE EXPERIENCED RIDER. Click ADD TO CART. Proceed to payment by clicking VIEW CART. You will see your enrollment in the class. Select CHECKOUT at the bottom of the page, select CREDIT CARD and follow the instructions to finalize your payment.

You may call Workforce Solutions at 857-6675 for assistance with the enrollment/payment process. Questions concerning the course content may be referred to the School of Business, Technology & Trades at 857-6402.

One-on-One Course (non-credit)

This course is scheduled by student request and designed for the rider who is unsure if they are ready for the Basic Rider 2-wheel course or the rider who has experienced the beginner course but who needs additional time to achieve the comfort and safety level needed. Motorcycle is provided. Call Tammy Meador at 540-857-6402 for more information or to arrange a session.

Class Times & Cost

Day and time is a collaboration of the student and instructor.

Cost: $80.00

Register and Pay

To schedule a tutoring session, contact Tammy Meador at 857-6402. Once the session is available, you will register through as explained in the Experienced Rider section above.

Additional Resources


 Webber Hall W305
Fax: 540-857-7086

Mailing address:
School of Business, Technology & Trades
3098 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015