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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 through 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  the class must be completed on schedule.

The Basic Rider Course employs a learner-centered approach to 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 strive to provide a safe, effective and efficient learning 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 may have varying levels of experience.  Each will be treated fairly and with respect.