Motorcycle Safety Foundation
Basic RiderCourse®

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.

Course Benefits:

  • Successful completion of a written exam and demonstration of required basic skills entitles the participant to a Tennessee Certificate of Completion
  • A Motorcycle Safety Foundation completion card
  • Successful completion of the course entitles the participant to a 10% discount on liability insurance
  • Successful completion of the course exempts the participant from the knowledge test and the ability skills test at the driver license station

Course Provides:

  • Certified RiderCoaches
  • Participant Workbook
  • TN Motorcycle Handbook
  • Training Motorcycles (125cc- 350cc Street legal)
  • Helmets if needed

Required Safety Gear:

  • Helmet - DOT approved (furnished by request)
  • Eye protection (face shield or safety glasses)
  • Study Over-the-ankle footwear with low heels
  • Long pants (denim or material of equal or better durability)
  • Long-sleeved shirt or jacket
  • Full-fingered gloves (preferably leather)

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.

We are currently on winter break. Classes will resume in March with specific dates posted as they are confirmed with our host schools. Have a wonderful Holiday Season and we hope to see you next season.
Knoxville, TN
Karns High School
Info 865-687-2986
Fax 865-687-1884
Knoxville, TN
Pellissippi State Technical
Community College
Info 865-539-7166 or 865-539-7167
Fax 865-694-6583
Ranges 1 and 2
Athens, TN
McMinn County High School
Info 865-687-2986
Fax 865-687-1884
Morristown, TN
Walters State
Community College
Info 423-585-6843/585-2675
Fax 423-318-2328

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