Student rider Eric [no last name given] makes his way down the straight-stretch as he makes another loop in the Basic Rider Training course in the parking lot in front of Building 10 on April 2. This course, which isn’t a class through Lane but offered by Team Oregon, is one of the options offered for a motorcycle license in the state of Oregon. If completed, the $200 class issues a completion card that may be used to waive the on-cycle and knowledge test for DMV registration.

According to team-oregon.org, the Basic Rider Training course is offered in 22 locations around Oregon as a 15 hour course that “takes place over three days and provides seven hours of classroom instruction and eight hours of range [on-cycle] instruction.”

The student riders are asked to bring a DOT-approved helmet, eye protection, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, full-fingered gloves and shoes that cover their ankles for use on the road course. The bikes, which are a collection of 34 scooters and motorbikes stored on campus for the class, are supplied by Team Oregon. However, if an owner wants to bring their own motorcycle, they can if they are willing to meet the Team Oregon prerequisites listed on their website.  

Bob Metzger, one of the instructors for team-oregon, explained that in this class “It’s all about baby steps.” He expressed that the 11 exercises the students perform on the road course portion of the class were designed to build on each other in a “Success builds confidence,” “Confidence builds Trust” and “Trust builds Success” cycle. For more information on how to register for this class and motorcycle safety, visit team-oregon.org.