MCC’s motorcycle training program hits full gear, even with limited class size
MOHAVE COUNTY – Picture yourself on a motorcycle, riding Route 66, with a beautiful Arizona sunset in front of you. One problem – you don’t know how to ride a motorcycle. Mohave Community College has the solution. MCC’s Community Education Motorcycle Training class has been around for 16 years, and is an Arizona Motor Vehicle Division professional driving school and is approved by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
Robert McCain, program director of the motorcycle training program, said those who complete the program through MCC will receive their motorcycle endorsement. Students will learn the basics of riding a motorcycle, equipment and safety procedures.
“There are a lot of reasons to ride a motorcycle, and some may not the best reason like someone else wanting you to do it,” McCain said. “The only reason to get a motorcycle endorsement is because you want to ride a motorcycle.”
McCain makes sure people are aware of the risks and dangers that come with riding a motorcycle prior to them signing up for the class. McCain has taught students from across the states of Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and even Florida. He said benefits of riding a motorcycle, besides riding into the sunset, include economics. “It’s a good investment because on average they (motorcycles) get 35-40 miles per gallon,” he said. Another reason is the camaraderie between bikers and the motorcycle clubs.
Before the pandemic, students took seven hours of in person instruction and 10 hours of range training. Currently, due to the pandemic, students will take a basic online “e-course” to replace the in-person instruction. Class sizes have also been reduced to four students and they are practicing social distancing. McCain has been riding motorcycles since he was 15 years old and owns various types such as sport, dual sport and a chopper.
Classes are Saturday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon. Students are encouraged to bring their own motorcycle, but there are some practice bikes available.
Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation awards the college every month with 12 financial assistance scholarship codes. Prior to signing up for the class, call Robert McCain at (928) 897-1558 for more information. To see when classes are offered at the campus nearest you and to sign up, visit www.ce.mohave.edu.