Motorcycle Classes in North Carolina

A motorcycle is not just a two-wheeled car; the difference between driving a car and climbing onto a motorcycle is the difference between watching TV and actually living your life. We spend all our time sealed in boxes and cars are just the rolling boxes that shuffle us from home-box to work-box to store-box and back, the whole time, entombed in stale air, temperature regulated, sound insulated, and smelling of carpets.

On a motorcycle I know I'm alive. When I ride, even the familiar seems strange and glorious. The air has weight and substance as I push through it and its touch is as intimate as water to a swimmer. I feel the cool wells of air that pool under trees and the warm spokes of that fall through them. I can see everything in a sweeping 360 degrees, up, down and around, wider than Pana-Vision and than IMAX and unrestricted by ceiling or dashboard. Sometimes I even hear music. It's like hearing phantom telephones in the shower or false doorbells when vacuuming; the pattern-loving brain, seeking signals in the noise, raises acoustic ghosts out of the wind's roar. But on a motorcycle I hear whole songs: rock 'n roll, dark orchestras, women's voices, all hidden in the air and released by speed. At 30 miles per hour and up, smells become uncannily vivid. All the individual tree- smells and flower- smells and grass-smells flit by like chemical notes in a great plant symphony. Sometimes the smells evoke memories so strongly that it's as though the past hangs invisible in the air around me, wanting only the most casual of rumbling time machines to unlock it. A ride on a summer afternoon can border on the rapturous. The sheer volume and variety of stimuli is like a bath for my nervous system, an electrical massage for my brain, a systems check for my soul. It tears smiles out of me: a minute ago I was dour, depressed, apathetic, numb, but now, on two wheels, big, ragged, windy smiles flap against the side of my face, billowing out of me like air from a decompressing plane.

Transportation is only a secondary function. A motorcycle is a joy machine. It's a machine of wonders, a metal bird, a motorized prosthetic. It's light and dark and shiny and dirty and warm and cold lapping over each other; it's a conduit of grace, it's a catalyst for bonding the gritty and the holy.

Cars lie to us and tell us we're safe, powerful, and in control. The air-conditioning fans murmur empty assurances and whisper, "Sleep, sleep." Motorcycles tell us a more useful truth: we are small and exposed, and probably moving too fast for our own good, but that's no reason not to enjoy every minute of the ride.

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Motorcycle Safety
North Carolina Motorcycle Eductation Foundation

The North Carolina Motorcyclists' Education Foundation has been awarded full nonprofit status by the IRS and the NC State Dept. of Revenue. Thus all gifts are considered Tax-deductible.

It has been almost 20 years since the North Carolina legislature created the North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Education Program (NCMSEP). This program soared and matured over the years into a highly respected state program of impeccable quality. Currently, more that 10,000 people learn to ride each year at one of 32 sites throughout North Carolina. Without the dedicated commitment of over 350 MSF-certified instructors and the North Carolina Community College System, this would not be possible. NCMSEP's growth and success is now straining the financial budget currently available from the state.

A group of dedicated motorcyclists have come together to form the North Carolina Motorcyclist Educational Foundation, Incorporated (NCMEF) to provide additional support to the state program. All state agencies operate under very strict and sometimes stringent rules and regulations NCMSEP is no exception. By forming this non-profit corporation, the foundation is able to provide a great deal of flexibility for the solicitation and distribution of obtained resources for the NCMSEP. Many interactions with the public and business community which would be difficult, if not impossible, for NCMSEP to undertake will be a course of business for the foundation.

All of the officers and board members volunteer and serve without compensation. Corporate office space is donated. This allows operating costs to be kept to a minimum to meet our goal that 85% of all funds raised will go to support the NCMSEP. The other 15% covers the costs of printing, mailing, etc.

The North Carolina Motorcyclists’ Educational Foundation has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and the State of North Carolina as a tax exempt non-profit entity. The IRS has determined that NCMEF is a qualified 509(a)(I) educational foundation.


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