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Motorcycle Rider

Gateway Technical College offers the Basic Motorcycle Rider Course which is supported in part by the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The curriculum is established by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

In addition to the information found on this web site, you may request to have the Basic Rider Course information mailed to you by contacting Jodie Carstens. Classes run from April to October.

You are learning to ride in a group environment.  Instructors will do their best to provide individual coaching and instruction to students to help them succeed.  However, time is limited and they must keep the class on schedule.

The Basic Rider Course takes a learner- centered approach in teaching the skills progression.  Exercises build on both prior experience and the skills, knowledge and confidence acquired in the previous exercises.  If you are unable to consistently achieve exercise objectives, the instructors may counsel you out of the course.

It is natural to be nervous about learning to ride a motorcycle.  While some fear is to be expected, excessive fear can lead to tension and ultimately to mistakes on the riding range.  If the instructors perceive that you have an excessive amount of fear or confusion and are a danger to yourself or the other students, the instructors will counsel you out of the course.

Instructors will strive to provide a safe and orderly environment.  Students behaving in a reckless, disrespectful or unruly manner will be dropped from the class at the instructor’s discretion.

Students in this course have varying levels of experience.  Each will be treated fairly and with respect.  Please understand that it is the instructor's role to instruct others.  Students are not authorized to do so, even though you may have some prior ridding experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do classes start?

Classes will run April-October at the Kenosha campus, 3520 30th Avenue and the Snap On Corporation parking lot, 2801 80th Street.  The schedule reflects a variety of options to choose from including days, evening, and weekends.

How do I enroll into a class?

Registration is completed on a first-come, first-served basis and must be done in person at any of Gateway's Kenosha, Racine, and Elkhorn campuses. Payment is required at the time of registration. 

How do I get added to the mailing list?

Click the above link  “Jodie Carstens” and ask to be added to a mailing list.

What are the advantages to taking the Basic Motorcycle Rider Course?

  • Possible to waive requirement of holding an Instruction Permit
  • Waived road test requirements through the DMV
  • Possible insurance discounts
  • Point reduction on previous motorcycle violations
  • Educational advantages for learning safe driving techniques

Does Gateway provide bikes?

Yes, and it is required that you use Gateway's bikes.

What is the cost per class?

$256.91 for in-state tuition for the summer and fall classes. Out-of-state tuition rates apply to non-Wisconsin residents.

What type of bikes are provided?

Small to midrange bikes. For example, 250cc Honda CB250R.

What are the attendance requirements?

Students must be present on-time and attend each session to successfully pass the course. The attendance policy is strictly upheld.

Do I need an Instruction Permit before taking the class?

No, more information will be available in class.

What are the age requirements to take this class?

  • 15.5: Needs high school principal letter of recommendation
  • 16-Under 18: Needs class to get license and need waiver signed by legal guardian
  • 18+: Need a driver's license

What equipment is required for this class?

  • Long pants
  • Sturdy over-the-ankle, low heel footware
  • Long sleeved jacket
  • Helmets, glasses and gloves are available for your use if you do not have your own

Are refunds available?

A student must drop a class before it begins to qualify for a full refund.  Drops are student-initiated, in person, by submitting a completed drop form to any Gateway registration office.  All refund rates are calculated on the date the drop transaction is completed.  Non-attendance or notifying the instructor that you will not be attending does NOT constitute a drop.

What is the MV3575 Waiver Proof of Enrollment Form, who needs one, and how do I get one?

The MV3575 Waiver Proof of Enrollment Form will be issued upon request only after an individual has registered for a Basic Rider Course by calling 262-564-3904.  This form is required by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as proof of enrollment prior to obtaining a motorcycle instruction permit for the following individuals:

  • All persons under the age of 18 who want to ride a motorcycle must take the Beginning Rider Course.
  • Any person who has been issued three instruction permits from the Department of Transportation must take a Beginning Rider Course.
  • Any person who has failed two motorcycle skills tests must take a Beginning Rider Course.

In all the above cases, if a student fails to show up for class after having been issued a waiver, the Department of Transportation will be notified immediately.

All other students will receive their waiver upon successful completion of the Basic Rider Course.

Registration Information

If you have a Gateway Technical College student ID and PIN, you may use our on-line registration (WebAdvisor).

If you do not have a Gateway Technical College ID, you may request an ID and PIN number by bringing a photo ID to Student Services on any Gateway Technical College campus. The ID and PIN issued may be used to take advantage of our on-line registration. To ensure access to on-line registration, please request your ID and PIN before registration begins.

Registration can be done in person at any Gateway Registration Office - Elkhorn, Kenosha or Racine.  Registration hours are:

  • Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The registration form must be completely filled out in order to be registered. A link to the registration form can be found at the bottom of this page. Since classes fill very quickly, it is recommended that you list your first three choices on the registration form. There are no waiting lists for these courses.

Students will be required to present a Driver's License or State-Issued Identification card at the time of registration. Anyone that fails to present a driver's license or state-issued identification card will not be registered.

It is not required, but if you would like to set up your student record and receive your assigned Gateway student ID #, please visit a Registration Office at the campus nearest you prior to registration - this will save time in the registration process. This does not guarantee you a seat. REMEMBER: Registration will still be first-come, first-served.

Payment

Payment is required in full at the time of registration. Acceptable forms of payment include: checks payable to Gateway Technical College (only if registering in person), MasterCard, VISA, Discover or American Express.

Multiple Registrations (in person)

Individuals may register themselves and one additional person. A copy of the additional registrant's driver's license or state-issued identification card will also be required. A copy of the registration form may be made for one additional registrant.

Class Attendance

You must be present and ON TIME and attend EACH session to pass this course. The attendance policy is strictly upheld. Students missing and/or late will be immediately dropped from the entire course with no refund of course fees.

Refund Policy

A student must drop a class before it begins to qualify for a full refund. Drops are student-initiated, in person, by submitting a completed drop form to any Gateway registration office. All refund rates are calculated on the date the drop transaction is completed. Non-attendance or notifying the instructor that you will not be attending does NOT constitute a drop.

Waiver

The following individuals are required by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to obtain a MV3575 Proof of Enrollment (Motorcycle Skills Test Proof of Enrollment Waiver Authorization) in order to obtain a motorcycle temporary permit:

  • Anyone under the age of 18
  • Anyone that has been issued three temporary permits from the DMV
  • Anyone that has failed two motorcycle skills tests with the DMV

Regardless of where a student registers, or at which Gateway location the student will take the Basic Rider Course, requests for MV3575 Proof of Enrollment Waivers should be made at the Kenosha Campus only or by calling 262-564-3904. Requests should only be made after course enrollment. If a student fails to attend after having been issued a waiver, the Department of Transportation will be notified immediately. All other students will receive their waiver upon successful completion of the Basic Rider Course. Gateway Technical College does not require students to have a temporary permit in order to take the Basic Rider Course.

Students Under the Age of 18

Students under the age of 18 will need a Gateway "Personal Enrichment" form signed by their parent or guardian and it must be presented at the time of in person registration only.

Registration Form

The registration form must be completed in full. It is to your advantage to bring this completed document to the registration office on the date of open registration. It will also be to your advantage to select more than one class option from the schedule in the event that your first choice is full.

Registration Department Locations:

  • Elkhorn Campus - 400 County Road H, Elkhorn
  • Kenosha Campus - 3520 30th Avenue, Kenosha
  • Racine Campus - 1001 Main Street, Racine