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Massachusetts has a couple of colleges that offer motorcycle riding training. Each option has extensive practical training, along with classroom learning. Classes are available for novice and experienced riders, and there may be classes to learn how to ride special motorcycles, such as sidecars. A motorcycle permit or license may be required for enrollment, and there may be clothing rules.
Bunker Hill Community College offers a course in conjunction with an outside training program at Ironstone Ventures. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation operates two levels of programs for riders at various locations across the state. These courses can help students meet requirements for a motorcycle license in Massachusetts. For students interested in motorcycle technician training, the Motoring Technical Training Institute offers a diploma program that is approved by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. An overview of the motorcycle training available at these three training options is below.
Bunker Hill Community College
Bunker Hill Community College in Boston offers a non-credit program in basic riding and motorcycle safety through its community education department. Students spend 10 hours on the road learning to turn, shift and avoid hazards through maneuvering skills. The additional five hours are spent in the classroom and cover motorcycle controls, street strategies and multiple riding techniques. Classes take place during the weekends and are conducted through Ironstone Ventures.
Motorcycle Safety Foundation
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation, with various locations through the state, offers a 15-hour course in safety and skills. As of April 2013, 28 training schools in Massachusetts offer the foundation's course. School programs can vary, and some may require additional hours or classes. Depending on the program, the student may be able to obtain a motorcycle license.
The Massachusetts Rider Education Program works to offer Motorcycle Safety Foundation-approved courses to riders across the state. There are two course levels available: one beginning course and one advanced course suite. The basic rider course runs for a total of 15 hours and includes both classroom and road time. Students are provided with bikes, helmets and course materials.
The experienced rider course consists of seven hours and can help riders advance their skills. The course suite consists of three separate classes, including skills practice, license waiver and skills plus. Students can choose which classes they want or need to attend based upon individual skills and goals. Most programs require students to have at least 1,000 miles of experience prior to enrollment. Riders must bring their own insured motorcycle and helmet to the experienced rider courses.
Motoring Technical Training Institute
The Motoring Technical Training Institute in Seekonk is a for-profit school that offers the only motorcycle/power equipment technician diploma in the state. This 918-hour program allows students to learn about principles of operation, basic electricity and engine rebuilds. The curriculum dedicates 60% of the required coursework to hands-on shop experience. Additionally, each student is required to complete an internship at a local motorcycle or small-engine shop.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Motorcycle Programs Offered||Program Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Bunker Hill Community College||2-year; public; large city||Motorcycles: Basic Rider Course and Motorcycle Safety Training Non-Credit Program||$325*|
|Motorcycle Safety Foundation||Less-than-2-year; various locations|| Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic RiderCourse,
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|Motoring Technical Training Institute||Less-than-2-year; private, for-profit; large suburb||Motorcycle/Power Equipment Technician Diploma||$15,750**|
Sources: *Bunker Hill Community College, **National Center for Education Statistics.