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Motorcycle Safety

Western Nevada College offers motorcycle courses in Carson City for riders of all skill levels. Classes are offered every weekend from April – October.

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Basic Motorcycle Rider Course

Aimed at beginning riders, this program introduces students to motorcycle controls, motorcycle riding, basic maneuvers, street riding and traffic skills. All levels of experience are welcome. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) completion card to take to Nevada DMV to obtain a class M (motorcycle) endorsement on their current Nevada driver’s license.
A motorcycle and helmet are provided for all students. Classes use 250CC Honda Rebels and Suzuki TU250s.

Course Requirements:

  • Students must be at least 16 years of age with a class C or A license, or proof of completion of a 30-hour driver’s education course.
  • Students under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian sign their class waiver prior to the start of class. Please call the Community Education office at (775) 445-4268 for a copy of the waiver.
  • Students must be able to ride a bicycle.
  • Students must be able to maneuver the motorcycle on their own, including up hills. Students who are shorter than 5’2” or who weigh more than 400 pounds should contact the Community Education office at (775) 445-4268 to arrange for a bike that will meet their needs.
  • Required riding attire includes boots or shoes that cover the ankles, long pants, long sleeve shirt or jacket, full-fingered riding gloves and eye protection.

Class Fee: $150


Range Only Course

This is an on-cycle program consisting of riding exercises from the Basic RiderCourse (see above). It is designed for riders to practice their basic skills, whether or not they were successful in the standard Basic RiderCourse. There is no formal classroom instruction. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for your use. A skills test is an option for those students who did not successfully complete the skills test in their first Basic RiderCourse.

Course Requirements:

  • Students must be at least 15 ½ years of age and possess either a valid driver’s license, a class C instruction permit, or proof of successful completion of a driver education class.
  • Students under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian sign their class waiver prior to the start of class. Please call the Community Education office at (775) 445-4268 for a copy of the waiver.
  • Students must have completed all portions of the Basic RiderCourse. (Students do not need to have passed the range test in the Basic RiderCourse.)
  • Students must be able to maneuver the motorcycle on their own, including up hills. Students who are shorter than 5’2” or who weigh more than 400 pounds should contact the Community Education office at (775) 445-4268 to arrange for a bike that will meet their needs.
  • Required riding attire includes boots or shoes that cover the ankles, long pants, long sleeve shirt or jacket, full-fingered riding gloves and eye protection.

Class Fee: $85


Advanced Rider Course

This course is designed for riders with real road time and mileage on a motorcycle. This course covers self-assessment, risk management, rider behavior, advanced cornering techniques, braking, throttle operation, riding posture, body position, tire traction, swerving, avoiding traps, traffic kill zones, and emergency stops. Working in small groups, students will learn how to create riding strategies with plenty of emphasis on the special skills and mental attitude necessary for dealing with traffic.

Course Requirements:

  • Students must possess a valid motorcycle license and have recent riding experience.
  • Students must provide their own street-legal motorcycle and proof of insurance and registration.
  • Required riding attire includes boots or shoes that cover the ankles, long pants, long sleeve shirt or jacket, full fingered gloves, DOT-approved helmet, and eye protection if there is no face shield on the helmet.

Class Fee: $85


For more information contact

Lauren Slemenda

TitleCommunity Education Coordinator
DepartmentLibrary and Instructional Technology
Phone775-445-4241