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Motorcycle Rider Safety Course


The Basic Rider Course (BRC) 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.

Download Fall 2015 Brochure (PDF)

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.

2015 Fall Schedule

Seminar Section(s) Date(s)
RVH 130 11 July 31, August 1-2
RVH 130 12 August 7-9
RVH 130 13 August 14-16
RVH 130 14 August 21-23
RVH 130 15 August 28-30
RVH 130 16 September 12-14
RVH 130 17 September 18-20
RVH 130 18 October 2-4
RVH 130 19 October 9-11
RVH 130 20 October 16-18
RVH 130 21 October 23-25
RVH 130 22 October 30-31, November 1
RVH 130 23 November 6-8

3-Wheel (Trike) Classes
A class M-3 license endorsement is issued on site upon successful completion of the course.
RVH 195-TR1 – September 25, 26, 27

Experienced Rider Course
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 are encouraged to use their own motorcycle and have the option of using one provided.
TRNS 2301-AS1 - September 12 - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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

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 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Dual Session Classes 7:00 AM - 1:00 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. This course is not eligible for financial aid.

Virginia Resident: $157.09 per credit hour
Non-Virginia Resident: $351.69 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 Tammy Meador at 857-6402.

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 Business Science building, M245. Parking provided in Lot 15. (Campus Map)

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