A basic rider course for motorcyclists is scheduled for 5:30-10 p.m. June 21, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 23 and 5:30-9 p.m. on June 24 at the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.
The basic rider course offers the most complete motorcycle training available.
Students must complete 14.5 hours of integrated instruction — 4.5 hours in the classroom and 10 hours of practice on a training motorcycle (provided).
The course is divided into two phases:
Level 1 concentrates on motorcycle familiarization, clutch control, throttle control, riding posture and the four basic skills: straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping.
Level 2 includes limited-space maneuvers, counter-steering, cornering and swerving.
While no previous motorcycle riding experience is required, it can be beneficial. Students must be able to ride a bicycle and must possess a valid driver’s license or motor vehicle instruction permit.
Students over age 18 are eligible for the skills test waiver (motorcycle endorsement) if they have a valid motorcycle permit in possession at the start of the course. If you plan to get your motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license, it is in your best interest to obtain your permit in advance of the course.
This course does not issue motorcycle permits — you must obtain one from the Driver and Vehicle Services. If you have previously tested twice on your motorcycle permit, you do not qualify for the skills waiver and must test at an exam station.
Each student must furnish his or her own protective clothing and DOT-approved helmet and 100 percent attendance is mandatory.
The fee is $160. Payment is required at the time of registration and the deadline is June 14. For information call (800) 933-0346 extension 8142 or (218) 855-8142. Online registration: www.clcmn.augusoft.net and click on “courses.”