The Basic RiderCourse® is aimed at beginning riders 14 years and older. A minimum of five hours classroom instruction prepares the participant for at least ten hours of practical riding in a controlled, off-street environment - typically, a parking lot. You will learn how to operate a motorcycle safely, with particular emphasis on the special skills and mental attitude necessary for dealing with traffic. Your RiderCoaches are certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the State of Tennessee. They will start you off with straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping. You will gradually progress to cornering, swerving and emergency braking. In the classroom, participants will learn about the different types of motorcycles, their controls, and how they operate. The RiderCoaches – all experienced motorcyclists - will advise you on what to wear for protection and comfort. You will find out how alcohol and other drugs affect your ability to ride in traffic, and you will explore how to deal with critical situations.
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Classes are available at Karns High School, Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Walters State Community College, and McMinn County High School. Please see the listing of dates and locations below. Class enrollment is determined by pre-registration and payment of course fee. A maximum of 12 students are enrolled per class. The Knoxville Rider Education Program is owned and directed by Carroll and Pat Bales. For additional information pertaining to registration fees, class schedules and course curriculum, please call (865) 687-2986.
SATURDAY, 7:30a.m.-5:00p.m. and SUNDAY, 7:30 a.m.-5:00p.m.