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Basic RiderCourse (Class No: 18044)
Class Date(s): 7/7 - 7/8
Sat: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm / Sun: 7:00 am - 4 pm
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Cost: $329 per student.

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Chris Beard has served as a United States Marine for the past 20 years and has served in many diverse billets and assignments. Having the opportunity to train and instruct many different types of learners has given Chris the experience to capture the learning potential of a wide student base. Chris purchased his first motorcycle in 2006 and attended the MSF Basic Rider Course (BRC) two months later. Chris attributes many of his advanced skills to the fundamentals he learned while in the BRC, referring to those skills as the, "building blocks" of rider education. One year later, Chris completed the MSF Experienced Riders Course which further advanced his rider skill set. In April of 2010, Chris was selected to attend the MSF Rider Coach Prep Course and upon completion became a MSF Certified Rider Coach. Chris is an "all season" rider and enjoys the challenges associated with riding in cold and inclement weather. Chris believes riding year round has helped him become a more well-rounded instructor. Chris is starting his second year with MRC and takes great satisfaction from the opportunity to pass on his knowledge to new and experienced riders as well.

Chris also enjoys the outdoors and spending time camping and fishing with his son


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Neal Thompson has had a fond love for anything with wheels since a very early age, riding on his Dad’s gas tank at the early age of three. Neal is extremely passionate about motorcycles of all types and has been riding for over 10 years. Moonlighting early on as the motorcycle mechanic for MRC, as much as this gear head loves to turn wrenches, he wanted to share his knowledge about motorcycles with others as a Coach. In addition to motorcycles, he holds his family, son, and nephew very near and dear to his heart and hopes to inspire others to find their passion for riding as well.


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This course offers over 15 hours of classroom and riding instruction based on the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) curriculum.

This course is specifically designed for the novice rider and beginner rider. Students learn about components and controls of a motorcycle, riding gear and preparing to for the ride. The risk of riding and managing that risk are studied in depth better preparing the student for "real life" riding. Strategies are investigated that will prepare each student for riding on the street in traffic. Whether you want to learn to ride for pleasure or basic low-cost transportation or both, this course is perfect for you.

Many students are returning riders. They rode a motorcycle in their youth, but haven't ridden in years. This is a perfect reintroduction to riding. Experienced riders can break bad habits and gain new skills.

Graduating students receive an Motorcycle Safety Foundation completion certificate and a Virginia Class "M2" endorsement (motorcycle license).

We offer both weekday and weekend classes throughout the year. Class sizes are typically 10 - 12 students facilitated by two professional RiderCoaches.