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Basic RiderCourse (Class No: 24129)
Class Date(s): 8/3 - 8/4
Sat: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm / Sun: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Cost: $349 per student.

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Ron Bennett has been a rider coach since 2001 in Pennsylvania until he and his wife Yolanda moved to Virginia in 2012 where he continues coaching. Ron is a retired officer from the University of Pittsburgh Police Department after 32 years. Duties included plainclothes, investigations, motor officer, SERT, and community relations. Ron received many awards during this time including Officer of the Year, and Medal of Bravery for First Responder of a critical incident. Ron enjoys family events, roller skating (4 wheels), fishing, jazz, and old-school music. Also, a member of "Buffalo Soldiers M/C of Pittsburgh" where he is known as "Zoom".


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Stan started riding while he was in the Navy in 1975. Rode for about 10 years then took a long break. In 2015 he started riding again and enjoys getting out on 2 wheels as often as possible all year long. Stan is enthusiastic about teaching others in the skills and strategies of safely riding in the D.C. area. Stan is an active member and former officer in the Northern Virginia Christian Riders, a chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association. He also spends weekends in the summer supporting the racing community as part of the Mid-Atlantic Road Racing Club (MARRC). He is a Corner Worker helping to keep the motorcycle races moving safely.

Stan has other hobbies to include 30 years as a Sound Designer in some of the Community Theaters of the area, and is the technical lead (sound, lights and, recently added, broadcast video) at his church in Burke. He also is working as a statistician for the Burgundy & Gold (formerly the Redskins) and has done that for the last 20 years.


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This course offers a five hour self-paced online course follow by 11 hours of riding instruction based on the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) curriculum ($349).

Are you not sure if motorcycle riding is for you? Do you want some advance preparation for the Basic Rider Course? Then check out our Headstart course or our Individual Novice Course Level 1 (INC-1).

This course is specifically designed for the novice/beginner rider. Basic Rider Course Students learn about components and controls of a motorcycle, riding gear and preparing for the ride. The risk of riding and managing that risk are studied in depth to better prepare 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 a Motorcycle Safety Foundation completion certificate and a Virginia Class "M2" endorsement (motorcycle license). Here's some more information about obtaining your Class "M2" endorsement in Virginia and Washington, DC.

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

Each Basic RiderCourse student must complete a five-hour on line session. Upon completion of the online portion students must download and print their completin certificate. Students must bring their completion certificate to the first riding session.

Weekday class format is typically (times are approximate):

  • Day one: Riding 8:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Day two: Riding & Testing 8:00 am to 1:30 pm

Weekend classes format is typically (times are approximate):

  • Morning Classes:
    • Day one: Riding 7:30 to 1:00 pm
    • Day two: Riding & Testing 7:30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Afternoon Classes:
    • Day one: Riding 12:00 to 5:30 pm
    • Day two: Riding & Testing 12:00 to 5:30 pm

We conduct three separate classes on weekends. Two in the morning on Saturday and Sunday and one in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday.