Public Safety Training - Motorcycle Safety Training

Motorcycle Safety Training


For upcoming classes and to register and pay on line click here:    Motorcycle Rider Class Schedule

Learn safe motorcycle riding under the direction of Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified instructors. 

Beginning courses are designed for riders with little or no experience. Based on extensive data, research, and field tests, this course combines classroom and on-bike experience to give overall understanding of motorcycling and prepares the student with basic riding skills. Classes are held at Southwestern Community College’s Public Safety Training Center Driving Range in Franklin, North Carolina. Class is physically demanding and all students taking the Basic Rider Course must be able to ride a bicycle.


Notice: Proper riding gear is required at all times including Friday evening.

Students must provide and wear:

  • Helmet and Eye Protection: The helmet must fit properly, meet DOT standards be full face, 3/4 or 1/2 in design. Helmets with obvious defects such as no lining, a cracked shell, or defective chin strap will not be used. Sunglasses meet the eye protection requirement.
  • 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.
  • Pants: Pant legs should reach the shoe tops and be made preferably of denim or a material of equivalent durability.
  • 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).
  • Gloves: Gloves should be full fingered and preferable made of leather. Style and material are the student's choice.

For more information or to pre-register contact: 
     Public Safety Training:
     828-306-7041 or 82-306-7042

Here are the courses offered at Southwestern Community College:

Basic Rider Course:

This course covers the basic fundamentals needed to develop your capabilities to become a safe and responsible motorcyclist. It provides the opportunity for you to learn the physical and mental skills important for operating a motorcycle. In the classroom, you will learn ways to minimize risk and handle special riding situations. During the riding portions, you will be coached to develop the physical skills of basic control that include: straight line riding, stopping, turning, and shifting, and then move one to more advanced skills in stopping quickly, cornering and swerving. 

Students must be able to ride a bicycle before entering class. 

Class is physically demanding.

Must pre-register and submit payment, $195.00. Class filled as payment is received.

Self-supporting, no refunds. Must be 16 years old to enroll.

Experienced Rider Course (BRC-2)

The BRC-2 Course is designed to hone your skills and fine-tune the mental skills needed for survival in traffic.  This course is for students who possess a valid motorcycle license or motorcycle endorsement to their license.  The course consists of a full day of riding on a controlled course, using your own motorcycle to allow you to practice and refine the critical skills from the BRC, managing traction, stopping quickly, cornering and swerving.  Riders are allowed to have passengers in this course.  PASSANGERS WILL HAVE TO PRE-REGISTER AND PRE-PAY ALSO.
Must pre-register and submit payment of $75.
Riders may use a training motorcycle, provided by the College ($10 additional charge).
Classes limited to 12 and is filled as payment is received.
Self-supporting, no refunds.
Must be 18 years old to enroll.
SCC-PSTC -  $75

Advanced Rider Course (ARC)

Based in the Military Sport Bike Rider Course, this one-day course if for experienced riders who desire to learn and practice more in-depth riding techniques. Classroom activities to address personal risk management strategies; to discuss options for cornering, breaking and swerving; and to improve visual perception to identify collision traps. On-cycle range exercises provide practice in cornering, braking and swerving. There is no skill text in this course. Students will need to furnish a street-legal, properly licensed and insured motorcycle of any size. If the motorcycle is not registered in student's name, written permission from the owner to use the motorcycle must be furnished. All motorcycles will be inspected for proper and safe condition with particular attention to tires. Must pre-register and submit payment of $75. Classes limited to 12 and is filled as payment is received. Self-supporting, no refunds. 
SCC, PSTC  $75

Mailing address: Jerry Sutton Public Safety Training Center -  225 Industrial Park Loop, Franklin, NC 28734.
Additional information is available at the Motorcycle Safety Foundations website at