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Weekday Motorcycle: Basic Rider Course


Designed for those with no motorcycle riding experience, yet advanced enough to increase knowledge and riding skills of more experienced riders.  Satisfactory completion of course provides a waiver for the skills portion of the N.C. DMV license test. Must be 16 years old.


  • Be able to locate and operate motorcycle controls
  • Be able to select and use protective riding gear
  • Be able to perform a pre-ride check of the motorcycle
  • Perform basic riding skills such as mounting, starting, riding with correct posture, using friction zone, shifting, turning and stopping
  • Understand and apply street strategies for safe riding
  • Practice evasive maneuvers to avoid incidents
  • Learn how to operate motorcycle in special riding situations- wet roadways, carrying passengers and/or loads and group riding
  • Learn advantages of riding a motorcycle


Required: A valid email address must be on file to receive eCourse instructions for completion before first day of class.  On average, eCourse can be completed in approximately 3 hours.

 Motorcycle Safety Class Requirements

Weekday Basic Rider Course

Introduction to Motorcycling

  • Understanding the challenge of motorcycling and rider responsibilities
  • Understand overall course objective
  • Understand course completion requirements and schedule

 Motorcycle controls

  • Primary controls
  • Proper use of handlebars, brakes and clutch

 Preparing to Ride

  • Preparing yourself to ride
  • Selecting protective riding gear
  • How to perform a pre-ride check of the motorcycle 

Basic Riding Skills

  • Mounting the motorcycle and starting the engine
  • Using the Friction Zone correctly
  • Turning, shifting, braking and riding with correct riding posture

Street Strategies

  • Visibility
  • Lane positioning
  • Applying street strategies

Advanced Turning and Braking

  • Turning and maximum braking
  • Stopping in a curve
  • Swerving

Special Riding Situations

  • Roadway conditions/preparing to handle motorcycle under adverse conditions
  • Carrying passengers/loads
  • Group riding
  • Effects of drugs and alcohol on motorcyclist's ability to ride safely


  • 16 Years of age
  • Registration for anyone under 18 requires a signed a parental waiver.
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Must be able to ride a bicycle and balance

Method of Instruction

  • PowerPoint slides, textbook, lecture, discussion and demonstration


  • Exam:  Yes
  • Demonstration of skills:  Knowledge exam, written, Riding Skills Evaluation
  • Class Participation:  Yes; Attendance required for all sessions

The class is physically demanding and mentally fatiguing. If for any reason a student cannot successfully complete this class, he or she will need to re-register at his or her own expense.