Motorcycle Safety Training

The Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center (CTC)is proud to partner with Lawless Harley-Davidson and in coordination with the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program (MMSP) to offer the MSF certified New Rider Course/Basic Rider Course (NRC/BRC) motorcycle safety training. To learn more about the MSF certified Basic Rider Course (BRC):


The New Rider Course/Basic Rider Course (NRC/BRC) is aimed at beginning or re-entry riders. The course consists of a combination of guided classroom instruction and practical riding exercises in a controlled, off-street environment. Motorcycles are provided for you to use during the class and helmets are also available on a first-come/first served, free loan basis, if needed. Motorcycles used in the class are Harley-Davidson training motorcycle (500 cc) street machines.

The course concludes with a knowledge test and skill evaluation. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a course completion card which will assist you in obtaining a motorcycle endorsement on your license. Completion of the class may also qualify the student for reduced insurance premiums on their motorcycle policy (check with your individual insurance provider for details).

Class starts on Friday evening at Lawless Harley-Davidson located at 2100 E. Outer Road, Scott City, MO 63780. Class begins promptly at 5:00 pm on Friday evening with approximately 3 hours of classroom instruction, plus a tour of the dealership. Class resumes on Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. on the campus of the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center (CTC) located at 1080 S. Silver Springs Road, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 with on-bike training exercises and will last until about 5:00 p.m. with a break for lunch.  Class will resume again on Sunday at 8:00 a.m. at the CTC location with a mixture of classroom instruction and on-bike exercises until completion. The minimum age for enrollment is 15-1/2 years of age and students under 18 years of age must have a release form signed by a legal guardian or parent. **Please Note: Stated class end times may vary according by instructor and according to the individual needs and characteristics of each class. Please talk with your instructor if you have any questions. 

NOTICE: Previous motorcycle riding experience is not required to enroll in this course (although it can be very helpful). Students must be able to ride a bicycle, as the skill of balancing is not taught in this course. Your RiderCoaches are well trained professionals and want you to succeed. The NRC/BRC is designed to teach beginning riders the fundamentals of motorcycle operation. However, there are many factors that may affect the ability of some students to be successful in the time allotted for the course. If, in the opinion of the RiderCoach, a student becomes a danger to him/herself or to others, that student will be counseled to leave the class a possibly return at another time. No refunds will be given if you are unable to complete the course for ANY reason.


The cost for the NRC/BRC is $200 (includes class textbook). PAYMENT IN FULL IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN A CLASS. $100 of the total fee is non-refundable, should you choose to withdraw from the class (refer to the CTC course catalogue for the complete refund policy). As stated above, no refunds will be given if you are unable to complete the course for any reason.


In partnership with the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety- Southeast Region, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships are available for those who aren’t able to pay the full tuition. Please contact John R. Davis at 573-334-7716 ext. 6423 to apply for this assistance. 


You can see check the availability of classes and register for them on-line by clicking this link using the search box.  You may also come to the CTC to register and pay in person via personal check, cash or credit card.


Requests to change your class date must be made a minimum of 14 calendar days prior to the start date of your class. For example, if you’re scheduled to take the BRC that starts June 11, 2021 and you want to transfer to another weekend, the last date you can transfer to another weekend is May 28, 2021. 


PAYMENT IN FULL is required to register for the class and $100 of your class fee is nonrefundable. You are eligible to receive a partial ($100) refund, if you contact us to withdraw from a class with 14 or more calendar days’ notice. If a class is cancelled by the CTC, you will receive a full refund. Failure to complete the course for any reason or inability to successfully complete the course, does not entitle you to a refund.


All courses held rain or shine however, class will be paused if lightening or severe weather conditions are present.  If weather prohibits the class from completing we will try to schedule you into the next available class or issue you a refund if a suitable class date is not available. Refunds are processed during regular business hours in the main office at the CTC.


  • Photo ID: Enrolled students MUST bring one of the following forms of I.D. with you to class to present to your RiderCoach: Valid/Current Driver’s License (any state), Valid/Current, International Driver’s License, Current State, Issued Student Driver’s Permit or a State Issued I.D. **Please Note: According to state statutes Military ID’s cannot be used for this purpose.

  • Proper Riding Gear
    1. Sturdy over-the-ankle low-heeled footwear (sturdy boots or high-top hiking type boots – not canvas). What will NOT work: Regular sneakers, (i.e., Converse basketball shoes are not "sturdy"). Basically any shoes that do not fully cover the ankle and/or are not sturdy will NOT work.
    2. Long (non-flared) HEAVY denim pants or riding pants.
    3. Long-sleeved shirt or jacket (remember summer temperatures, light colors are better).
    4. Full-fingered gloves (preferably leather, but any non-slip glove will do).
    5. Eye protection (sunglasses, prescription glasses, goggles, or a helmet with a face shield).
    6. 3/4 or Full Face Motorcycle Helmet:  Due to sanitary concerns with the COVID-19 virus, you must bring your own undamaged (no previous accidents/crashes) D.O.T. approved 3/4 OR full face helmet to participate in the riding exercises of the BRC course.  The open face, or "three-quarters" helmet covers the ears, cheeks, and back of the head, but lacks the lower chin bar of the full face helmet. Full faced helmets cover the jaw and chin, completely enveloping the head of the rider to keep you safe. Click this link & scroll down to see the accepted helmet types:  
    7. Rain Gear: (if there is a chance of rain).
    8. Sunblock/Sunscreen.


Motorcycles are supplied by Lawless Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership. Personal bikes are not allowed to be used in the New Rider Course/Basic Rider Course per MSF guidelines.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) is the internationally recognized developer of the comprehensive, research-based, Rider Education and Training System (MSF RETS). RETS curricula promotes lifelong-learning for motorcyclists and continuous professional development for certified Rider Coaches and other trainers. MSF also actively participates in government relations, safety research, public awareness campaigns and the provision of technical assistance to state training and licensing programs.

FURTHER QUESTIONS? Questions regarding course curriculum, motorcycles or riding ability, please contact John “Buddy” Davis at 573-334-7716 ext. 6423.  Questions regarding enrollment, please call the CTC main office at (573) 334-0826 for assistance.

General Information


1080 S. Silver Springs Road
Cape Girardeau, MO 63705
(573) 334-0826 Ext. 6513

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday


Kathleen Clayton
Program Supervisor
(573) 334-0826 Ext. 6513