MSF Curriculum Listing and the CORE Concept

The MSF offers an array of hands-on, classroom-only, and online courses as part of the MSF Rider Education and Training System (RETS). RETS is designed to develop a novice rider into an excellent rider, and each course is research-based and develops knowledge, skill, attitudes and habits associated with safe and responsible riding. Our courses are designed to address a variety of riders who have a variety of needs, preferences, and experience levels.

Safe riding depends as much on the mental skills of awareness and judgment as it does on the physical skill of maneuvering the machine. These skills are perishable and need renewal and lifelong commitment.

To support a rider's commitment to safety, MSF offers the CORE Curricula concept – three “core” sets of RiderCourses grouped into Essential, Expanded, and Recommended levels. All CORE levels provide a progression of developmental exercises to help riders achieve finer skills plus increased capabilities for awareness, judgment, and risk-management, preparing them for higher levels of awareness and thinking out on the streets.

The “Essential CORE,” which the MSF recommends as the minimum training for every beginning rider, includes the Basic RiderCourse, which is the “gold standard” in novice rider training; the Basic Bike-Bonding RiderCourse, which features skill drills to help students better handle their own motorcycles; and the Street RiderCourse, which provides licensed riders with a controlled riding experience in the real-world environment of streets and highways.

The “Expanded CORE” adds three courses to the Essential CORE: Street Smart – Rider Perception, a classroom course featuring traffic perception activities relating to real-world situations; the Advanced RiderCourse, a course with activities focusing on rider awareness and risk-management, plus hands-on riding exercises that aim to further develop both technique and judgment; and Street RiderCourse 2, which is a longer, more intensive version of Street RiderCourse 1, focused on improving the perceptual strategies of street riding.

The “Recommended CORE” adds two courses to the Expanded CORE: the Ultimate Bike-Bonding RiderCourse, patterned after police training courses; and the Circuit RiderCourse, a fine-skills course using a much larger riding range, permitting speeds closer to those on public roads.

There is no time or mileage requirement between courses. After successfully completing the Basic RiderCourse, you can take any of our other hands-on courses at any time, in any order. Contact your local training provider for course availability.

MSF Core Board

MSF eCourses

MSF Basic eCourse

The MSF eCourses are highly interactive online programs that provide riders of all skill levels with the basics of motorcycling. NEITHER eCourse alone is accepted as a license waiver by any state's department of motor vehicles, or as a license to ride a motorcycle or as a learner's permit. With integrated graphics, photos and video to help better illustrate the lessons, the $19.99 programs allow you to control the pace of your learning.

The Basic eCourse can help you determine whether motorcycling is for you. Although it's a key component of the full Basic RiderCourse, it can be completed as an introductory stand-alone program without enrolling in a hands-on course.

The Street Strategies eCourse is for riders who already have basic skills and experience and provides the fundamentals of motorcycle rider street strategies. It is similar in nature to the MSF Basic eCourse, but basic learn-to-ride and motorcycle controls content is omitted and overall course time is reduced by nearly half.

Upon completion of an MSF eCourse, you will be able to print a completion certificate that is valid for 30 days. If you are taking an eCourse as a requirement for enrolling in a hands-on training course, the appropriate eCourse must be completed within 30 days prior to the class start date. If you have completed an eCourse more than 30 days before the class start date, you must re-take the eCourse (you can re-take it for free) by logging in and checking the "Start new attempt" checkbox.
Both eCourses include selectable Spanish text and audio.

Basic RiderCourse

Basic RiderCourse

The best place for a new rider to start once they've made the decision to ride. Successful completion of this course and its knowledge and skill tests, which consists of approximately five hours of formal classroom activities and 10 hours of riding instruction (conducted over two or three sessions), may serve as a license test waiver program in some states. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for your use during the course. Also, a course completion card may earn you an insurance discount. (In some states, this course may lead to only a motorcycle permit and require completion of the BRC2 to obtain a full license.)

Note: Many states will not accept an MSF RiderCourse Completion Card issued from another state or from the Military.

Basic RiderCourse 2 - License Waiver

Basic RiderCourse 2 License Waiver

For riders who already have basic skills. It is similar to the BRC except the speeds are higher and riders should be riding their own motorcycle. It is an excellent refresher course for practicing and renewing basic riding skills. There is an informal classroom component that discusses safety concepts based on past riding experiences and current knowledge. For a BRC2 minus the license waiver component (no classroom activities and no knowledge or skill test), there is a skills practice offering.

Basic RiderCourse 2 - Skills Practice

Basic RiderCourse 2 - Skills Practice

Similar to BRC2 - License Waiver RiderCourse, but consists of only the riding exercises. It is a perfect way to reinforce basic skills on one's personal motorcycle. Passengers are permitted with a licensed operator on a personal motorcycle.

Basic RiderCourse - Returning Rider

Basic RiderCourse - Returning Rider

Program combining elements of the BRC and BRC2 and includes a knowledge test and skill tests. It is designed for riders who have a permit and possess basic skills, but who have not been riding for several years. May lead to license waiver.

Basic RiderCourse - 3-Wheel

Basic RiderCourse - 3-Wheel

The best place for a new rider to start once they've made the decision to ride a 3-wheel motorcycle. This course includes four hours of classroom activities and up to eight hours of on-cycle riding exercises. Successful completion may lead to an insurance discount. A person must pass a knowledge and skill test for successful completion. May lead to license waiver.

Basic RiderCourse - Scooter

Basic RiderCourse - Scooter

Best place for a new rider to start once they've made the decision to ride a scooter. This course includes five hours of classroom activities and up to 10 hours of on-scooter riding exercises. Successful completion may lead to an insurance discount. A person must pass a knowledge and skill test for successful completion. May lead to license waiver.

Basic Bike-Bonding RiderCourse

Basic Bike-Bonding RiderCourse

A 4- to 5-hour riding course that provides practice in basic maneuvering skills.

Street RiderCourse 1

Street RiderCourse

For newly licensed riders. It is designed to be the first street riding experience under the supervision and guidance of a RiderCoach. SRC1 is a partial day program that includes classroom activities to improve perception, has practice time on basic riding skills, and includes several miles of actual street riding in a local area.

Advanced RiderCourse (ARC)

Advanced RiderCourse

A one-day course that complements a rider's basic skills and helps with personal risk assessment. It includes a fast-paced classroom segment with several interactive activities to improve perception and hazard awareness. Range exercises enhance both basic skills and crash avoidance skills. Improving braking and cornering finesse is emphasized. The course is beneficial for riders on any type of street motorcycle.

Street RiderCourse 2

Street RiderCourse 2

A program that enhances the basic skills and strategies that are provided in SRC1 and adds time and mileage to the on-cycle experiences in a local area. This program is for riders who wish to delve deeper into the perceptual strategies of street riding.



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It combines a personal computer, an advanced safety-training program and a video monitor, plus a handlebar, seat, footrests and all the standard controls found on a real motorcycle.

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Introductory Motorcycle Experience (IME)

Introductory Motorcycle Experience

A two-hour, first-touch experience with a motorcycle and not designed to teach a person to ride. As a familiarization program that points out the primary parts and controls of a typical motorcycle, it helps a potential rider determine whether motorcycling is a good personal choice. A person is given the option to manipulate the controls while astride a motorcycle, and is led into a BRC as a formal way to learn to ride. Also embedded in the experience is a self-assessment component to ensure a person is aware of the risks and requirements for being a good, safe and responsible rider.

Military SportBike RiderCourse (MSRC)

Military SportBike RiderCourse

Nearly identical to the ARC, this course adds specific language for sport bikes, includes military references, and has a video introduction and summary by Nick Ienatsch who is the author of Sport Riding Techniques. Riders receive the MSF booklet: SportBike Survival Guide.

DirtBike School - Closed Range Exercises

DirtBike School - Closed Range Exercises

A learn-to-ride course. Though focused on learning to ride a dirt bike, this course is a good way to learn how to physically operate a motorcycle in general. This course is conducted entirely outdoors in an off-highway area. It is not a license waiver course.

DirtBike School - Introduction to Trail Riding

DirtBike School - Introduction to Trail Riding

An extension of the DirtBike School, and for riders who already possess basic riding skills and are ready to ride off-highway trails. Lessons may include riding in sand and mud, through creek crossings and ruts, and over rocks, hills, and whoop-de-doos. A certified Coach supervises all riding activities.

Scooter School

Scooter School

A half-day riding course that familiarizes a person with the operation of a motor scooter. It is not a license waiver program, but rather a learn-to-ride course that prepares a person to operate a scooter. An off-street riding area is used for practice and 10 riding exercises are performed using small motor scooters. There is no knowledge or skill test, and participants are provided with a take-away booklet about safe scooter riding and how to continue to practice. A prerequisite is to be able to ride a bicycle.

Street Smart - Rider Perception Kit

Street Smart Rider Perception

This program is designed to help a rider improve perception. It uses highly interactive individual and group activities, and stresses the ‘Search and Evaluate' parts of the overall Search-Evaluate-Execute (SEE) strategy used in MSF courses. The program's kit contains a Leader's Guide, 12 Participant's Workbooks, a set of oversized playing cards and four floor mats, and a CD with the PowerPoint program. The PowerPoint contains the visual components of the program for classroom presentation and is divided into four parts: (1) Introduction to Perception, (2) Improving Perception, (3) Analysis of Collision Traps, and (4) Road Sign and Collision Trap Practice; the playing cards and floor mats are used so riders can check their perceptual field related to peripheral vision, useful field of view, and focus vision.

Intersection - Motorist Awareness Kit

Intersection - Motorist Awareness

Intersection is MSF's newest approach to enhancing motorist awareness of motorcycles. The program combines personal stories and character development with a dramatic new look at a crash scene that's all too common. The DVD contains three separate 13-minute versions to appeal to teens (via driver education classes), adults (via traffic schools), and commercial drivers (via employee orientation). Includes Leader's Guide, ten Participant's Guides, and 25 Quick Tips brochures.

SeasonedRider - Aging Awareness Kit

Seasoned Rider

In response to the continuing increase in the average age of motorcyclists (now 40 years of age), MSF has developed a fun, activity-based learning module that may be facilitated by RiderCoaches or the general public in local riding clubs or community events.

The kit consists of a new award-winning 13-minute DVD video, Facilitator Guide, and props for several learning activities, all designed to help riders assess and compensate for the effects of aging on their ability to effectively manage risk when operating a motorcycle. A SeasonedRider Module session can last from 45 to 90 minutes. Although the content and activities are generally targeted at riders over the age of 40, the sessions are appropriate for any age and any type of vehicle operator.

Riding Straight - Alcohol Awareness Kit

A stand-alone kit that can be used by RiderCoaches and others who have an interest in conducting seminars or events related to motorcycling and impaired riding. Contains a Facilitator's Guide, Riding Straight video and interactive Fatal Vision Simulator Goggles. The goggle activities can also be used by anyone willing to be a facilitator for special events, riding club meetings and rallies, and community outreach programs to deliver a message without the formality of a classroom environment. A sample News Release and Event Flyer are included.

Share the Adventure - Group Riding Kit

Group Riding

A group ride training event in a box. The video kit contains enough material for a class of ten students. Learn about ride preparation, standards for organization of the ride, and important knowledge such as proper formations in complex traffic situations. The kit includes one Leader's Guide, 10 student workbooks and a 16-minute DVD that depicts common group riding scenarios.