ACTC Offers KMA Motorcycle Riding Class

ACTC is offering a Basic Motorcycle Rider 1 Course this fall for non-riders, new riders, or someone wanting a refresher course. No prior motorcycle experience is required.

The twenty-hour course meets on Friday from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Class dates are August 10-12, August 24-26, September 14-16, September 28-30, October 12-14 and October 26-28.

Those who pass the course will get a waiver for the motorcycle license skills tests and may be eligible for reduced insurance rates.

All classes must be attended in order to complete course requirements. Kentucky circuit court clerks will accept only KMA course completion cards as a waiver for the license skills test. Ohio and West Virginia also recognize the KMA course completion cards.

The weekend course is part of Kentuckys Motorcycle Rider Education Program (KMA), which uses standards established by the national Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Classes are taught by certified Rider Coaches.

Participants will learn to maneuver and operate a motorcycle in a course that includes about five hours of classroom instruction and 15 hours of riding exercises in a controlled environment.

The first night of classroom work includes information about riding gear, controls, braking procedures and street strategies for road safety. Saturday and Sunday class sessions focus on riding skills. Participants get experience in using the controls, straight line riding, braking, shifting and turning, cornering and U-turns, with pointers about braking on curves, swerving, running over obstacles and other situations.

On the riding skills days, students must bring eye protection and wear over-the-ankle boots or shoes, long sturdy slacks, long sleeve shirt or jacket, and full fingered gloves with a vinyl or leather palm. Helmets and motorcycles are provided, though students may choose to bring their own DOT approved helmet to the class.

The Friday evening class will meet at the Roberts Drive Campus, Room 220D. Saturday and Sunday classes will be in the back parking lot of the KYOVA Mall on U.S. RT 60.

The Basic Rider I fee is $100 for KY residents and $185 for OH or WV residents. Pre-registration is required, and fees must be paid when registering. To register or for more information, contact ACTC Lifelong Learning, 606-326-2072, 800-928-4256 ext. 62072 or email: as_LLL@kctcs.edu.