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SFCC to offer Basic Rider motorcycle courses

April 4, 2013

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Give us a Weekend, We’ll Make You a Biker!” is the theme of State Fair Community College’s Basic Rider motorcycle courses offered this spring and summer.

The course is designed for beginning or re-entry riders who want to learn how to operate a motorcycle safely. Little or no knowledge of motorcycle operation is necessary.

Classes are scheduled May 10-12, May 17-19, June 7-9, and June 21-23.

Classes meet from 6-10 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The course includes a minimum of five hours classroom instruction in Room 609 of the Automotive Technology Building and at least 10 hours of practical riding in a controlled, off-street environment.

Cost is $199; motorcycles are provided for use during class. Students are encouraged to bring their own helmets, but loan helmets are available. All helmets must be DOT certified and in good condition with labeling intact.

Each class is limited to 10 students. Students must enroll early enough to read a study guide and complete a pre-course assignment.

Riders will learn straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping; cornering, swerving and emergency braking; how alcohol and drugs affect the ability to ride safely; how to create a strategy for riding in traffic; and what to wear for protection and comfort.

Instructors are certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program.

Riders who pass the class will receive a Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program completion card, which can be used to waive the skill portion of the Missouri State Highway Patrol motorcycle license exam.

For more information or to register, call (660) 530-5822, e-mail ejagels@sfccmo.edu or go to www.sfccmo.edu/lifelonglearning. The course is sponsored by SFCC’s office of Lifelong Learning.

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