Motorcycle Rider Course | Northcentral Technical College

Motorcycle Classes

Whether you are interested in learning how to ride or you are a seasoned rider interested in sharpening your skills, NTC has the motorcycle classes you need to feel safe and comfortable on the road. Motorcycle classes are offered at NTC campuses in Antigo, Medford, Phillips, Spencer, and Wausau.

2017 Season Registration

Registration for the 2017 season will be available on November 7. Classes are typically offered beginning mid-April and run through mid-October.

Types of Classes Offered

NTC offers three types of motorcycle classes depending on your level of comfort and familiarity with riding.

Basic Rider Course (Learn to Ride)

The 16-hour Basic Motorcycle Rider course is designed for beginning riders and was developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). Instructors are certified by the MSF and Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). It is taught off-street, out of traffic, and motorcycles and helmets are provided. The course consists of 6 hours of classroom and 10 hours of on-cycle instruction. The Basic Rider Course covers preparing to ride, turning, shifting and braking, street strategies, special situations, increasing riding skills, maintenance and insurance.

Almost all motorcycling groups recommend that you begin riding your motorcycle by taking a basic rider course. As an added advantage, successful completion of the basic course will qualify you for the class M (motorcycle) operators license without an additional Motorcycle in Traffic skill test. Trainees are provided with a helmet and a motorcycle for use during the course.



Basic Rider Course 2 (Refresher)

This course is for riders who already possess basic riding skills and are either returning to riding or are seeking a refresher course to practice and renew basic riding skills. The course includes approximately three hours of classroom and five hours of on-cycle riding exercises. Students must use their own motorcycle. Student must provide proof of insurance and be named on the policy. Motorcycle must pass T-CLOCS inspection and be signed off by a Rider Coach. Successful completion of this course will result in a Skills Test Waiver for the Wisconsin Motorcycle License, if needed.

You are responsible for providing your own:

  • Motorcycle
  • Helmet (3/4 or full face DOT or Snell approved)
  • High top shoes/boots
  • Long Sleeved Shirt or Jacket
  • Leather Gloves
  • Eye Protection



Advanced Rider Course (Sharpen Your Skills)

This course is for experienced or seasoned riders who wish to enhance their personal risk management, sharpen their perception and hazard awareness and improve their cornering, braking and crash avoidance skills. The course consists of approximately three-plus hours of classroom instruction and five-plus hours of on-cycle riding in a controlled environment.



Check out our FAQ or contact Michelle Shepherd at or 715.803.1632 for more information.


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