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Barton offers motorcycle safety training
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Barton Community College will offer the Beginner Rider Motorcycle Safety Course Sept. 24-26 in Great Bend. The course is being taught by Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified instructors Dan Myers and Jeff Young, who have taught more than 1,500 students in more than a decade of instruction.

The three-day Beginner Rider Course will be offered from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, and from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26. The class will meet at KansasWorks, 1025 Main, Great Bend. Fee for the course is $215.

Those successfully completing the Beginner Course will receive a Kansas waiver form to obtain a motorcycle license; however, the college is not responsible for waivers that are denied by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Students must have a valid driver’s license (from any state) to enroll in the course. Beginner students must attend all class sessions to obtain the waiver form. The waiver form is valid only for those who have or will be acquiring a Kansas State Driver’s License. The motorcycle classes meet U.S. Military requirements for motorcycle operation.

Motorcycles (125cc Kawasaki Eliminators) and helmets (with snap-on clear visors for students who do not bring eye protection) are provided for the beginner course. Students may bring their own DOT approved helmet or other riding equipment they may wish to use.

Students may bring their own motorcycles for the class as long as they meet the following criteria: it is a street- or dual-purpose motorcycle, no dirt, trials or mini bikes; motorcycle is ridden to the range by a licensed motorcycle operator or transported to the range by some other means (i.e. trailer, truck, towed, etc.); if ridden to class, the motorcycle must be properly registered, licensed, and insured for street use; and motorcycle must be operational and safe.

Proper riding attire is required during the range portion of the class. Proper riding attire includes over-the-ankle boots or shoes (preferably leather); long pants; long-sleeve shirt or jacket; and full-fingered gloves suitable for riding.

Students enrolling in the course are asked to register by Sept. 22. They may enroll on-line at For additional information, they may contact Barton’s Grandview Plaza office, 785-238-8550, or Dan Myers, 785-564-0009; e-mail,