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The MSF Basic RiderCourse is designed for beginning riders of all ages. More than 7 million motorcyclists nationwide have graduated from a RiderCourse since 1974. Eight to ten hours of classroom-style instruction – including the Basic eCourse that you complete at home before attending your first formal classroom session – prepares you for ten hours of hands-on riding exercises in a controlled, off-street environment. In the classroom, you’ll learn about the different types of motorcycles, layout and operation of the basic controls, and how to become a safer, more responsible rider. You’ll then move to the riding range where your MSF-certified RiderCoach will guide you through the basic skills of straight-line riding, stopping, shifting, and turning, gradually progressing to swerving and emergency braking.
The Basic RiderCourse teaches the basic mental and physical skills needed for riding. This course provides a waiver certificate for the written and riding licensing tests for the Secretary of State if passed.
• Able to balance and ride a bicycle
• Possess either a driver's license or motorcycle learner's permit
2. WHAT TO EXPECT
• 15-hours of instruction (5 hours classroom/10 hours riding)
• Range exercises include low-speed maneuvers and basic skills such as shifting, accelerating, braking, cornering, U-turn, lane change
• You’ll be with the same group for the duration of your training
• You’ll receive individual RiderCoach feedback while learning to ride
• Types and/or models of motorcycles available vary. Ask your RiderCoach which training bike is best for you based on your height, weight or preferred riding style
• If you have difficulty maneuvering your bike during low-speed exercises, ask your RiderCoach if you can switch to a different kind of motorcycle
3. WHAT TO BRING
• Food/beverages for breaks and lunch
• Your own riding gear
• Pen/pencil for classroom sessions
4. WHAT YOU MUST WEAR:
• Long-sleeve shirt or jacket
• Long pants (heavy denim or riding pants recommended)
• Over-the-ankle boots (sturdy, not canvas)
• Eye protection
• Full-finger gloves
• Full-face or ¾-face helmet
• Rain Gear
The course concludes with a classroom knowledge test and hands-on a riding skill evaluation. Once your RiderCoach hands you the course-completion card, you'll be happy knowing that you’ve gone the extra mile to develop your own safe riding techniques.
There are benefits to taking a RiderCourse besides learning important skills and strategies: Most states waive the riding portion of your motorcycle endorsement test if you’ve successfully completed the Basic RiderCourse, and your insurance company might provide a discount on your insurance. Be sure to ask your agent.