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Nicolet offers new one-day motorcycle class

June 1, 2018

It’s a common situation. Someone goes out and buys a motorcycle and rides it for months or even years without ever getting the required Class M motorcycle license from the Wisconsin DOT.

Student on training course“It happens all the time,” said Mark England, Traffic and Motorcycle coordinator at Nicolet College. “What many people don’t realize is that riding a motorcycle, especially in traffic, requires a whole different set of skills than driving a car.”

To teach people these skills – and bring riders into compliance with the law – Nicolet is offering a new one-day Basic Rider Course, referred to BRC2.

Everyone who successfully completes the class will receive a waiver that they can take to the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles which will then issue the Class M endorsement.

During the eight-hour class students will learn the best techniques for braking, turning, and shifting as well more nuanced instruction in situational awareness and street strategies to stay safe.

“Riding a motorcycle requires a different mindset than driving a car,” England said. “In a vehicle, you have a ton or two of metal surrounding you to protect you and absorb a lot of the energy that comes with a crash. On a motorcycle you’re exposed and it’s the strategies and proper technique you employ that keep you safe.”

Along with the increased skills also comes an increased sense of confidence, he added.

“That’s when the road really opens up and riding becomes even more fun.”

Nicolet will offer the one-day class six times: June 1 and 30, July 20, Aug. 18, and Sept. 29. All of these classes will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The college will also offer an evening option, which meets twice for four hours each session, on June 18 and 20 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost is $121.55 and all classes will meet on the Nicolet College Campus, located one mile south of Rhinelander just off of Hwy. G.

Prior to each class students will need to complete a three-hour online course. Cost is $19.99.

Students will need to bring their own motorcycle, which must pass a safety inspection, and registration and proof of insurance.

For new riders with little or no experience on a motorcycle, Nicolet also offers a two-day class that goes into more depth to give students a solid understanding of the fundamentals of riding a motorcycle.

Click here to view the complete schedule of both one- and two-day classes.

For more information, or to register for any motorcycle class, call Nicolet at (715) 365-4641, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4641; TTY 1-800-947-3529.