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Motorcycle Safety Classes

Check back for Spring 2018 Classes

Registration will begin again in 2018. Check back often for the best registration opportunities. 

Upon successful completion of either the Basic Rider Course (BRC) or the Returning Rider Course (RRC), which includes passing a final written and riding skills test, you will receive a completion card, good for one year that waives the riding skills and written test at the Secretary of State's (SOS) office at the time of license application.

Safety Tip

Riders wearing reflective or fluorescent clothing had a 37% lower risk of a crash and subsequent injury than those who were not wearing such materials. But unlike the study findings regarding regular riding gear, helmet color does make a difference.  Compared with wearing a black helmet, wearing a white helmet was associated with a 24% lower risk of injury.  Red, yellow, and orange helmets showed a 19% lower risk of injury.


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Courses Offered

Basic Rider Course (BRC):

In the Basic Rider Course you will learn:

  • To have more fun by riding your motorcycle safely
  • The basics: What to wear and how to operate your motorcycle
  • Street strategies to avoid trouble and stay safe

Course Description: This class consists of approximately 18 hours of instruction, 3 hours of online preparation to be completed prior to your class start date, at least 5 hours of classroom instruction, and at least 10 hours of hands-on training. Designed for someone who has minimal experience operating a motorcycle, this course focuses on the development of basic riding skills: clutch and throttle coordination, straight-line riding, braking, turning, and shifting. Successful completion of this course and its knowledge and skills tests will result in riding and knowledge test waivers by the Secretary of State. Cost of this class is $50.


  • At least 15 years of age with a Stage 1 or higher valid Michigan Driver's License.
  • Ability to ride a bike.
  • Must be able to balance and support a two-wheeled motorcycle and operate manual hand and food controls for shifting and braking.
  • Must sign a liability waiver. If under 18, a parent or guardian must sign the liability waiver.

Returning Rider Course (RRC)

In the Returning Rider Course you will learn:

  • The refining of basic motorcycle skills.
  • The RRC uses the same principles and procedures as the Basic Rider Course.

Course Description: This one-day course is designed for the rider who has been away from the sport for a time or the experienced rider who needs to become licensed. Many experienced riders use this course as a refresher. Topics include braking, counter-steering, turning, turning speed judgment and other techniques to operate a motorcycle with skill and safety. It is recommended that you provide your own titled and registered motorcycle. Proof of insurance is required, the cycle must be plated and it must pass a cycle safety inspection by an instructor. Motorcycles that are not judged to be in good condition will not be allowed to be ridden in the class. Your riding abilities will be evaluated during the first two range exercises. These skills include clutch/throttle control, stopping, shifting, negotiating roadway turns. You will not be able to continue if you do not demonstrate adequate basic riding skills and no refund will be given. Successful completion of the course waives the Secretary of State riding skills test. Cost of this class is $50.

Returning Rider Course participants are encouraged to bring their own motorcycle for the course.

Prerequistes for RRC:

  • At least 15 years of age with a Stage 1 or higher valid Michigan Driver's License.
  • Ability to ride a bike.
  • Must be able to balance and support a two-wheeled motorcycle and operate manual hand and food controls for shifting and braking.
  • Must sign a liability waiver. If under 18, a parent or guardian must sign the liability waiver.
  • Previous experience riding a motorcycle.

Registration Information


Registration will be ONLINE ONLY.

The cost will be $50 per class. This fee is non-refundable.

On-Campus Location:

Instruction is done in a controlled off-street environment located at LCC's West Campus.

Physical Address:
Greenhouse Building (located behind Main Building)
5708 Cornerstone Drive
Lansing, MI 48917

Motorcycle Safety Training Course Information


Participants must have the ability to ride a bicycle.


Your class will be taught by Rider Coaches who are certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and have years of experience.

What We Supply:

Motorcycles used in the training and classroom materials.

What You Will Need To Bring:

  • DOT approved full helmet with face shield or eye-protection (prescription glasses are NOT considered appropriate eye protection). It is important for the helmet to fit appropriately. If you need help selecting and/or fitting your helmet, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has published a helpful guide on how to select and fit a helmet. More information here
  • Returning Rider Course participants are encouraged to bring their own motorcycle.
  • Riding/leather jacket or long-sleeved shirt
  • Riding chaps or heavy jeans
  • Full fingered riding gloves
  • Over the ankle boots

Important Information:

  • Must understand and agree that you will be dismissed from the course if you present a danger to your safety or the safety of others during any exercise or evaluation in the course.
  • Must have no medical conditions or mental or physical limitations that would affect your learning or your safety or the learning or safety of others.
  • Must have not used, or be under the influence of alcohol, prescription or non-prescription drugs or any other substance that could impair your performance in the course.
  • Sessions will be offered on a first come, first serve basis by registration with Lansing Community College. (We ride rain or shine)


Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the classes held?
Lansing Community College's West Campus, at 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, MI 48917. The classroom is in the Greenhouse Building located behind the Main building. The training course is located in Parking Lot 2 in front of the Main building.

If I complete the Motorcycle Safety Training class, will I still have to take the written test and road test for the Secretary of State?
Once you have successfully completed the MSF course you will be able to bypass the riding and written portion of the test at the Secretary of State.

Can I pay with cash?
No cash payments will be accepted for Motorcycle Safety. Payment must be made at the time of registration. If you are unable to obtain a debit or credit card for payment, consider purchasing a prepaid debit card to use.

Can I sign up the day of class?
There is no walk-in registration.

Can the face-shield of my mask be tinted

I want to sign up for the same course as my friends, can I do that?
Registration is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. We cannot guarantee any seats. Once a section is full it will be closed for registration. Try communicating with your party to make sure you all are registering for the same date.

Does the Returning Rider Course require the eCourse
No, this course does require the eCourse. Requirements for this course can be found under the Returning Rider Course description.

My child is a minor and wants to take the course, are there any special instructions?
If you are able, contact us to be provided with a waiver form prior to the class start date. All participants are given waiver forms, minors will need their legal guardian(s) to sign.

How do I navigate through the eCourse instructions
Click here for instructions.

Do I have to be an LCC student to register for this class?
No. This course is open to all who meet the state of Michigan's requirements for Motorcycle Safety. Visit the Michigan Motorcycle Rider Safety Training Program for more details.

More Frequently Asked Questions

Visit the Secretary of State Motorcycle Safety Program FAQ webpage for additional information.

Becoming a Rider Coach

Interested in Becoming a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Certified RiderCoach?

If you are an experienced rider with good riding and communication skills, you may qualify to become a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) certified RiderCoach. Becoming an MSF RiderCoach is a great way to improve your own abilities while helping others to learn or enhance their riding skills.

To become an MSF certified RiderCoach you must, at a minimum:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have a valid driver's license with a motorcycle (CY) endorsement.
  • Have no more than six points on your driving record for moving violations during the 12 months before applying for approval as a RiderCoach.
  • Be sponsored by a Michigan Department of State approved public or private organization that offers rider safety training courses.
  • Successfully complete a RiderCoach Preparation Course.

If you are interested in becoming a Rider Coach for Lansing Community College send an email of inquiry to Christina Lawrence at explaining your interest and qualifications.

LCC Contact for Motorcycle Safety Training:

For additional information, contact Lansing Community College Community Education Department at (517) 483-1415 or email,

Additional Resources:

For additional information on Motorcycle Safety and course offerings, visit the SOS Motorcycle Safety website or email,

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