Motorcycle Safety

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1616 Cooper St, Durham, NC 27703. Park in Lot H (behind building).

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Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course

students riding motorcycle between cones This course uses the curriculum developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. It is designed for persons with little or no riding experience; however, participants must be able to ride a bicycle.

Supplies needed include eye protection eyeglasses, sunglasses, goggles, or face shield; full-fingered gloves; over-the-ankle boots; long pants; long-sleeved shirt or jacket; and a N.C. Department of Transportation-approved helmet (some are provided). Please bring earbuds, or earphones to plug into the computers for the Friday night class. Motorcycles are provided. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 22 hours. $199.

Please include a current email address when you register, and check your email for important class information around the week the class is scheduled.

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The registration deadline for each class is the Wednesday before the class begins.

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11/17–11/18
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8 a.m.–6 p.m.
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6–10 p.m.
8 a.m.–6 p.m.
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3/23–3/24
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3/30–3/31
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Helpful Hints

On both Saturday & Sunday, arrive at the motorcycles with all of your gear a minimum of 15 minutes prior to riding. Be ready to ride at the appointed time.

Gear (minimum requirements)

  • DOT Approved Helmet – we have helmuts for your use if needed
  • Eye protection - face shield, goggles or glasses
  • Long sleeve shirt; dress in layers if possible
  • Long pants - sturdy denim is good; no flared bottoms or super baggy
  • Over the ankle shoes. MUST COMPLETELY COVER THE ANKLE BONE. (Chunky shoes make shifting difficult)
  • Full fingered gloves (does not have to be motorcycle gloves but cannot be rubber gloves)
  • Sunglasses (optional)

Nice to know:

  • Lunch is on your own - bring it with you or go out
  • No set duration for lunch - varies between 45 minutes and 1 hour
  • Bring water - freeze a bottle or two and they stay cooler on warm days
  • Drink 2 glasses of water each night to help hydrate your body
  • Folding chair - nice for breaks and lunch time
  • Wear sunscreen  - lips too
  • Bring snacks
  • Generally range riding each morning and classroom each afternoon

Need to know:

  • Bring workbook to class with you on Saturday and Sunday
  • Class may run past scheduled time - be flexible
  • To complete the course, you must arrive on time for each session
  • You will be tired and sore - refrain from any late night activities

On the Range Success:

  • HAVE FUN!!!
  • Remember to breathe, relax, and listen
  • Leave your previous ideas about motorcycles at home