Spoiler alert: They’re already here.
Yes, in addition to its standard motorcycle safety courses, Moraine Park Technical College now has a convenient way for scooter riders to get licensed as well.
Now first, you may be wondering if you need a license. The answer is maybe.
“If you own a scooter that is bigger than 50cc and can go faster that 30 mph, it is considered a motorcycle and requires a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license to operate it,” according to our resident motorcycle guru (and instructor), Kim Rudat.
Kim said scooters offer advantages for those who want to ride, but are unsure about or uninterested in riding an actual motorcycle. They’re usually easier to learn, and have automatic transmissions compared to needing to master a clutch and gear shift on motorcycles.
So if you do want to ride a scooter and do need a license … do you want the good news first – or the great news?
OK, first the good news: We can help.
Next, the great news: We can help you NOW.
Moraine Park has new, fully automatic scooters and classes available to help you obtain that license the right way. We added two scooters to its motorcycle fleet this spring, and Moraine Park’s scooters will be integrated into the Motorcycle Safety courses on these upcoming dates:
- Week-long morning classes from June 6 to 9. Morning classes begin at 8 a.m. and run until noon each day.
- For weekends, the College will offer scooter training June 10-12, July 22-24, July 29-31, Aug. 5-7, Aug. 19-21, Aug. 26-28 and Sept. 23-25. The weekend schedule includes class on Friday from 5 to 8:25 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Courses are designed for riders of all levels. Students get actual riding experience and learn basic skills, including straight-line riding, turning, shifting, braking and the mental skills needed for control. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be issued a waiver to take to the Department of Motor Vehicles. This waiver allows students to get a motorcycle license without taking a road test.
All courses are held at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. Motorcycles and scooters, along with helmets, are provided by Moraine Park.
So what are you waiting for?!
For more details and information on registration options, visit morainepark.edu/motorcycle or call 1-800-472-4554 and indicate at sign-up your interest in riding a scooter.