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Course Title
Weekday Motorcycle: Basic Rider Course


This weekday course is specifically designed for those with no motorcycle riding experience, yet advanced enough to increase knowledge and riding skills of more experienced riders. Course consists of class work and riding exercises on motorcycles provided by the college.  Upon satisfactory completion of this course you will receive a waiver for the skills portion of the N.C. DMV license test.  Must be at least 16 years old. Please note that if you are under 18, a parental waiver must be signed. 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.


  • 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


  1. Introduction to Motorcycling
    • Understanding the challenge of motorcycling and rider responsibilities
    • Understand overall course objective
    • Understand course completion requirements and schedule
  2.  Motorcycle controls
    • Primary controls
    • Proper use of handlebars, brakes and clutch
  3.  Preparing to Ride
    • Preparing yourself to ride
    • Selecting protective riding gear
    • How to perform a pre-ride check of the motorcycle 
  4. Basic Riding Skills
    • Mounting the motorcycle and starting the engine
    • Using the Friction Zone correctly
    • Turning, shifting, braking and riding with correct riding posture
  5. Street Strategies
    • Visibility
    • Lane positioning
    • Applying street strategies
  6. Advanced Turning and Braking
    • Turning and maximum braking
    • Stopping in a curve
    • Swerving
  7. 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
  • Must be able to ride a bicycle and balance
  • Have a positive attitude

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