Motorcycle Safety

*For questions or help with registration, contact Lisa Webb at lawebb292@my.pittcc.edu.

160071Basic Rider5/18-5/19Sa,Su8a-6p$145.55GHL 125
160072Basic Rider6/1-6/2Sa,Su8a-6p$145.55GHL 125
160073Basic Rider6/8-6/9Sa,Su8a-6p$145.55GHL 125
160074Basic Rider6/22-6/23Sa,Su8a-6p$145.55GHL 125
160075Basic Rider6/29-6/30Sa,Su8a-6p$145.55GHL 125
160079Basic Rider8/3-8/4Sa,Su8a-6p$145.55GHL 125
160080Basic Rider8/10-8/11Sa,Su8a-6p$145.55GHL 125


Course Description

Motorcycle Safety Foundation: Basic Rider’s Course

This 18-hour course is part of the N.C. Motorcycle Safety Program. You will learn the basics of operating a motorcycle. 100% attendance is mandatory in order to earn credit for the course. You must wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, boots over the ankle, full-fingered gloves, and eye protection (sunglasses or prescription eyewear is permissible). At this time, helmets will not be provided to students. Students must bring their own helmet. Motorcycles are furnished by PCC. You must be 16 years of age, but are not required to hold a driver’s license to participate in the class. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must enclose a high school release from your principal with the registration form. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to forgo the driving portion of the NC DMV test for gaining your motorcycle endorsement. Pre-registration, at least 3 days prior to the beginning of the class is required. For more information, contact Lisa Webb at 252-493-7317 or lwebb@email.pittcc.edu. 18 hours. Cost: $145.55

More information…

This course is designed for new riders who have never ridden a motorcycle, and for re-entry riders who have not ridden in a long time. Even experienced riders who have taken this course have told us afterwards that they learned a lot. Persons interested in attending a BRC must be 16 years of age or older.  Students under the age of 18 must have the written consent of a parent or guardian. You do not need to possess a driver’s license or learners permit to take the course. However, you must be able to ride a bicycle, and you must possess some degree of strength.

THE COURSE IS PHYSICALLY DEMANDING!!  You should be able to support a 300-pound motorcycle while straddling it, and have the ability to push the motorcycle for distances up to 120 feet.  Heat and cold weather conditions can add to the strenuous conditions you’ll encounter while taking the course.

IMPORTANT NOTE!!  Our courses are run through the Self-Supporting division of Continuing Education at Pitt Community College. This means that your tuition fee will not be refunded if you fail to show up for class, or you fail to complete the course. The Basic Rider Course is conducted at a pace that results in successful completion for most novice riders. However, if you experience significant difficulty or become a safety risk to yourself or others, you will not be permitted to continue to ride.

We do provide motorcycles. We recommend you bring your own DOT approved helmet, but we do have a limited supply of loaner helmets in the event you don’t have your own. In addition, you will be required to wear eye protection, a long sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants (preferably denim), over-the-ankle footwear and full fingered gloves (preferably leather). “Acceptable Footwear for Riding Activities includes any over-the-ankle “leather” footwear. Hiking boots and tennis type shoes that cover the ankle and are reinforced with padding and thick canvas or leather are also acceptable.”

To view a video about the BRC, visit the MSF website at www.msf-usa.org.

Successful completion of the BRC will earn you a skills waiver card for the NCDMV. This means the DMV will not require you to take their motorcycle riding test. You will still be required to visit your local DMV office and take their written exam before being issued a motorcycle endorsement.


1. Helmet and Eye Protection: The helmet must fit properly, meet DOT standards, and be full face, 3/4 or 1/2 in design. Helmets with obvious defects such as no lining, a cracked shell, or defective chinstrap will not be used. Helmets can be provided if you do not have one. Sunglasses meet the eye protection requirement.

2. Over the ankle Footwear: Shoes should be predominantly leather in construction and cover the anklebone. High top athletic shoes that meet the above criteria may be worn.

3. Pants: Pant legs should reach the shoe tops and be made preferably of denim or a material of equivalent durability.

4. Long-sleeve shirt or jacket: If the student chooses to wear a long-sleeve shirt, a jacket is not required. A shirt with sleeves to the wrist made of a durable material is preferred. The shirt should cover the rider’s shoulders (no shoulder cutouts allowed).

5. Gloves: Gloves should be full fingered and preferable made of leather. Style and material are the student’s choice.