Central Lakes College in Brainerd has scheduled a Basic Rider Course for motorcyclists Aug. 2, 4, and 5.
Minnesota law requires motorcyclists younger than age 18 to pass an approved Rider Skills Training course. 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 Basic Rider Course offers the most complete motorcycle training available. The course is divided into two phases:
• Level 1 concentrates on motorcycle familiarization, clutch control, throttle control, riding posture, and the four basic skills, which are 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 older than 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 Department of Transporation-approved helmet, and 100 percent attendance is mandatory.
The fee is $160.
Dates and times for the first training opportunity in the parking lot across from the Brainerd campus are 5:30-10 p.m., Aug. 2, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. or 2-7 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5.