To provide a solid foundation in learning how to ride a 2-wheel motorcycle. Students will understand the “SEE” principle and other important riding concepts. Students will become familiar with motorcycle controls and how to ride.
Provides the most information about safety and road skills and includes an online eCourse, in-person discussions and riding. The course includes approximately 16 hours of training.
Students will be required to complete the online eCourse which includes topics on selecting proper riding gear, preparing to ride, motorcycle controls, pre-ride inspection, defensive riding strategies, positioning, and how to handle a variety of riding situations.
During the training the student will discuss various topics including situational awareness, risk reduction, traffic “traps”, driving tendencies, perception, mental processing, visual acuity and reaction time. During the course a student will learn the “SEE” principle which will be helpful when identifying traffic controls / roadway features, highway users, surface conditions and escape paths.
During the in-person riding the student will become familiar with the motorcycle and will start off learning the friction zone, straight-line riding, clutch-throttle control, turning, shifting and stopping. The student will gradually progress to cornering and cornering judgement, swerving, maximum effective braking techniques, obstacle avoidance and maneuvers. Throughout the course the instructors will evaluate and coach each rider’s performance.
The course concludes with a skill test, knowledge test, course evaluation and overall course wrap-up.
Motorcycles are available for use and are included in the course fee. Motorcycles used in the course typically have engine displacements of 250cc.
Riders must have the appropriate riding gear, which includes a DOT certified helmet (PA requires helmet to be open-face / three-quarter or full-face helmet), eye protection, long sleeve shirt or jacket, full-fingered gloves, long pants (no ripped jeans, sweat pants or other soft material) and sturdy over-the-ankle footwear.
There is no guarantee that an individual enrolling in this course will pass, or get their license.