New River Community College will offer two motorcycle courses in April and May: a basic rider motorcycle course and a sidecar/trike riding course.

The sidecar/trike riding course is a noncredit course that will be held April 12-14. The class will be held Friday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in 135 Rooker Hall at NRCC in Dublin, and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the motorcycle range, parking lot H, for riding instruction. Tuition for the course is $149.

The program is offered as training for sidecar and trike operation and is designed to teach riders the skills necessary to safely operate a three-wheel vehicle on the street, even if they have never operated any kind of motorcycle. The 16-hour course takes the rider through the basics of motorcycle operation including effective braking, turning skills, obstacle avoidance and other safe riding strategies.

Sidecar units are available for participants to use. However, riders are encouraged to bring their own sidecar or trike for use in the course.

To register, visit www.nr.edu/workforce, Classes & Programs, Non-Credit Course Offerings and search with the class ID #11744.

The Basic Rider Course (BRC) will be offered two different weekends. One session will be held April 26 -28, and the second option is May 3- 5. The class is Friday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in 135 Rooker Hall at NRCC in Dublin. Saturday and Sunday hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the motorcycle range, parking lot H.

This one-credit course includes classroom instruction and on-motorcycle instruction under controlled range conditions. Riders will learn the basic skills of motorcycle operation, effective braking, obstacle avoidance and safe riding strategies. Tuition is $156.55 for Virginia residents.

Completion of the BRC prepares riders for state licensing with an exemption of skills and written DMV test and may qualify for discounts with some motor vehicle insurance companies. The program provides motorcycles (no larger than 500cc), helmets and textbooks for each rider.

To register online, visit https://www.nr.edu/workforce/creditreg.php. For more information, please contact NRCC at 674-3613.

Submitted by Jill Ross

Submitted by Jill Ross

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