TMCC motorcycle course teaches basics of riding on two wheels

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Whether you're an experienced motorcycle rider or a beginner without any experience, the Basic Motorcycle Riding Course at TMCC equips riders with the skills necessary to safely operate a motorcycle.

"We've had many people in this class that have been riding for decades and whether they're taking the class to improve their skills, break bad habits or get insurance discounts, it's beneficial for beginning and experienced riders," John Tomascheski, a rider coach, says.

The course is taught over a three-day period. It introduces riders to motorcycle controls, basic maneuvers and traffic skills. To take the course you must be at least 16 years of age and be a licensed driver.

Robert McKown is 17 years old and says that for him, a bike is the only way to go.

"It gives you more freedom," McKown says. "Plus it's a fast and easy way to commute to and from school, rather than a car," he says.

Louis Sunier has been riding a motorcycle for years, but says he realized it was time to finally get his M endorsement.

"It doesn't matter how long you've been riding," Sunier says. "There's something, one or two thing that you should do and I highly recommend coming down here and doing the course."

Linda Bissett is one of just three women who took this course. She says she hopes that more women take advantage of the opportunity to learn how to ride.

"Especially if you're just used to riding on the back," Bissett says. "You don't know if something happens, you may need to get on the front and drive that motorcycle out of there."

Those who successfully complete the course receive a completion card to take to the Nevada DMV to get their motorcycle endorsement.