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NRCC to offer motorcycle safety courses

By AMANDA ALLEN

NRCC Public Relations

Six weekend motorcycle safety courses will be held at New River Community College in September and October.

Basic Rider Course (BRC) sessions will be held Fridays, 6-9:30 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday hours are 7 a.m. to noon. No prior knowledge of motorcycling is required to enroll in this course.

BRC classes are offered the weekends of Sept. 12 and 19 and Oct. 2, 10, 17 and 24. All classes are held at NRCC’s Dublin campus.

The one-credit basic rider course includes classroom instruction and on-motorcycle training under controlled range conditions for ages 16 and older.

Riders will learn basic skills of motorcycle operation, effective braking and obstacle avoidance, as well as safe riding strategies. They will be taught skills normally learned only after several years of trial and error riding.

Completion of the basic rider course prepares riders for state licensing with an exemption in the skills portion of the DMV test and may qualify them for discounts with some motor vehicle insurance companies.

The BRC program provides motorcycles (no larger than 500 cc), helmets and textbooks for each rider. In-state tuition for the course is $138.55 and out-of-state tuition is $333.15.

More information is available from the Office of Workforce Development at 674-3613 or by visiting www.nr.edu/motorcycle/.

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