New River Community College is offering several beginner motorcycle rider safety weekday and weekend courses throughout the fall.
The Basic Rider Course (BRC) multiday classes are held on NRCC’s campus in Dublin. The fall midweek courses are held 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays on Oct. 3-5, Oct. 24-26, and Nov. 14-16.
Weekend fall courses will be held Fridays through Sundays on Sept. 29- Oct. 1, Oct. 20-22, Oct. 27-29, and Nov. 3-5. Course hours are Fridays from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
The one-credit course includes an online portion 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 $161.16 for Virginia residents and $361.26 for out-of-state residents. Students must provide their own DOT approved helmets (nothing less than a ¾ size).
Completion of the BRC prepares riders for state licensing with an exemption of skills and written DMV tests and may qualify for discounts with some motor vehicle insurance companies. The program provides motorcycles (no larger than 500cc) and textbooks for each student.