This online course is a key component of the full hands-on Basic RiderCourse, but can also be completed as a stand-alone program without enrolling in a hands-on course. Graphics and videos illustrate the lessons to help you understand principles of motorcycling and determine whether motorcycling is right for you. The Basic eCourse alone is NOT accepted as a license waiver by any state's DMV, or as a motorcycle license or learner's permit. With Spanish language option.
The best place to start once you've made the decision to ride. Covers the basics of operating a motorcycle and safety-oriented mental strategies. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for your use. Successful completion of this course (consisting of a three-hour eCourse, five hours of formal classroom activities, and ten hours of riding instruction conducted over two or three sessions, plus its knowledge and skill tests) may waive the license test in your state. The course may also earn you an insurance discount.
Street Strategies eCourse
The Street Strategies eCourse is for riders who already have some experience and focuses on street/traffic strategies. It is similar 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. This eCourse alone is NOT 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. Both eCourses include selectable Spanish text and audio.
Basic RiderCourse 2 - License Waiver
For riders who already have basic skills. Similar to the BRC except speeds are higher and you should be on your own motorcycle. An excellent refresher course for practicing and renewing riding skills. Includes an informal classroom component for discussing safety concepts based on past riding experiences and current knowledge. If you do not need the license waiver component (no classroom activities and no knowledge or skill test), there is a "Skills Practice" offering.
Basic RiderCourse - Small Group
This Basic RiderCourse option consists of a smaller class size (fewer than 12 riders on the range during the riding portion of the course). Opportunities for specialized, rider-specific coaching are increased. Just as with the regular BRC, successful completion of this course (a three-hour eCourse, five hours of formal classroom activities, and ten hours of riding instruction conducted over two or three sessions, plus knowledge and skill tests) may waive the license test in your state. The course may also earn you an insurance discount.
Basic RiderCourse - Skill Practice
Basic RiderCourse – Skill Practice is a half-day on-cycle program consisting of BRC riding exercises. It is designed for riders to practice their basic skills, whether or not they were successful in the regular BRC. There is no formal classroom instruction. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for your use. Completion of this course does not earn you a license test waiver, and will not qualify you for an insurance discount.
Basic RiderCourse - Returning Rider
This program combines elements of the BRC and BRC2, and includes knowledge and skill tests. It is designed for riders who already possess basic skill but have not ridden for several years. Even if you were a good rider back in the day, traffic patterns have changed and motorcycles have evolved. For example, technology has bestowed better handling, less weight, and more power within each engine displacement category.
Basic RiderCourse - 3-Wheel
The best place to start once you've made the decision to ride a 3-wheel motorcycle, whether the two wheels are in the back or the front. Successful completion of this course, consisting of five hours of classroom activities and ten hours of on-cycle riding exercises, plus knowledge and skill tests, may waive the license test in your state. The course may also earn you an insurance discount. You may bring your own 3-wheel motorcycle, or one may be provided.
Basic RiderCourse - Scooter
The best place to start once you've made the decision to ride a scooter. Covers mental strategies and basic operating techniques. Scooters and helmets are provided for your use. Successful completion, consisting of five hours of classroom activities and ten hours of riding conducted over two or three sessions, plus knowledge and skill tests, may waive the license test in your state. The course may also earn you an insurance discount.
Basic RiderCourse 2 Skill Practice
Basic RiderCourse 2 – Skill Practice is similar to the BRC2 – License Waiver RiderCourse and is designed for riders who have a permit and possess basic skills. It consists of only riding exercises and does not include the three-hour eCourse. It is a perfect way for you to reinforce basic skill on your own motorcycle. A skill test is an option and may be provided as a self-assessment opportunity.
Street RiderCourse 1
For newly licensed riders. It is designed to be your ideal first street riding experience by venturing out under the supervision and guidance of a RiderCoach, who will be narrating the ride and giving real-time instruction to participants. This half-day program includes classroom activities to assess and improve your perceptual skills, practice time on basic riding skills, and a couple of hours of actual street riding in a local area.
Basic Bike-Bonding RiderCourse
The BBBRC is an approximately five-hour riding course designed to help you develop basic riding skills. Exercises focus on a variety of cornering skills and limited-space maneuvers. By the end of the course, you should be able to handle a motorcycle well enough to negotiate normal street and traffic situations. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for your use. You must have a valid motorcycle permit or license endorsement.
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. For riders who wish to delve deeper into the perceptual strategies and maneuvering finesse of street riding. As in SRC1, the RiderCoach will be narrating the ride and giving real-time instruction to participants. It is best if you use your own street motorcycle, but a training bike may be available.
Advanced RiderCourse (ARC)
A one-day course that complements your basic skills and helps with personal risk assessment. It includes a fast-paced classroom segment with several fun interactive activities to improve perception and hazard awareness. Range exercises enhance both basic operating skills and crash-avoidance skills. Improving your braking and cornering finesse is emphasized. The course is beneficial for riders on any type of street motorcycle.
Advanced RiderCourse Skill Practice
Advanced RiderCourse – Skill Practice is a partial-day course consisting only of riding exercises. Riders enrolling in this course should have completed the regular Advanced RiderCourse. Range exercises will go deeper into crash-avoidance skills. Improving your braking and cornering finesse is emphasized. The course is beneficial for riders on any type of street motorcycle. You must bring your own motorcycle.
Ultimate Bike-Bonding RiderCourse
The 5-hr UBBRC is for experienced riders. There is no formal classroom and the riding exercises focus on limited-space maneuvers, modeled after police training courses. Through progressively challenging exercises, you develop smooth and precise control and learn more about the limits of your abilities and your bike's capability. You must bring a valid motorcycle permit/license endorsement, and an insured/registered/street-legal motorcycle.
This is a one-day high-performance course developed in conjunction with the Kevin Schwantz School and the Champions Riding School. A large riding area allows speeds more aligned with actual street speeds. Includes visual awareness training and hands-on practice in handling advanced braking and cornering maneuvers. You need a motorcycle permit or license, a safe, street-legal motorcycle, and are encouraged to wear full leathers/full-face helmet.
Circuit RiderCourse Skill Practice
The Circuit RiderCourse Skill Practice is the range-only portion of the MSF Circuit RiderCourse. Riders enrolling in this course should have completed the regular Circuit RiderCourse. Emphasis is placed on hands-on practice in handling a variety of higher-speed braking and cornering maneuvers. You need a motorcycle permit or license, a safe, street-legal motorcycle, and are encouraged to wear full leathers/full-face helmet.
Street RiderCourse 3
This on-street course provides the strategies and tactics for riding in a group. It includes "road captain" materials. A short classroom segment is followed by on-street experiences using various group riding formations and strategies on different types of streets and situations. As in SRC1, the RiderCoach will be narrating the ride and giving real-time instruction to participants. You must bring your own motorcycle.
Introductory Motorcycle Experience (IME)
A two-hour, first-touch experience with a motorcycle, not designed to teach actual riding skills. Focused on reviewing a motorcycle's primary parts and controls, it helps you determine whether motorcycling is a good personal choice. You are given the option to manipulate the controls while astride a motorcycle. A self-assessment component ensures you are of aware of the risks and requirements for being a good, safe and responsible rider.
A half-day learn-to-ride course that familiarizes you with the operation of a motor scooter. It is not a license waiver program. An off-street riding area is used for practice and ten 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 the ability to ride a bicycle.
The Military RiderCourse is a multidisciplinary course designed specifically for military personnel, and is not available to the general public. It consists of the Basic RiderCourse, the off-road Trail Riding RiderCourse, and off-road experiences on different types of terrain. This course is geared toward novices, and adds tactical exercises for specific military use. Actual course content varies by military branch.
Military SportBike RiderCourse (MSRC)
Nearly identical to the ARC, this one-day course adds specific language for sport bikes, includes military references, and has a video introduction by Nick Ienatsch, the author of Sport Riding Techniques. It includes a classroom segment with activities to improve perception and hazard awareness. Personal risk assessment is emphasized. Range exercises focus on crash-avoidance skills. Riders receive the MSF booklet: SportBike Survival Guide.
Military SportBike RiderCourse (MSRC) - Skill Practice
This course, in two versions (regular and large), is the range-only portion of the MSRC. It is a partial-day course. Riders enrolling in this course should have completed the full MSRC that includes both classroom activities and riding exercises. You must bring a safe, street-legal motorcycle, and are encouraged to wear full leathers and a full-face helmet. This course will not earn you a license test waiver.
Covers basic operating skills and principles for negotiating the varying terrain that the sport of off-highway riding involves. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for your use. Many street riders begin as dirt riders since the physical operating skills are similar, but the dirt environment is more forgiving than the street. This course is conducted entirely outdoors in an off-highway area. It is not a license waiver course.
Intersection: Motorist Awareness Kit
Intersection is MSF's approach to enhancing motorist awareness of motorcycles. The program combines personal stories and character development with a dramatic 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 and ten Participant's Guides.
Share the Adventure: Group Riding Kit
A group ride training event in a box. Popular among riding clubs and for motorcycle dealership events. 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.
Street Smart: Rider Perception
This fun program demonstrates the "Search" and "Evaluate" components of the "SEE" strategy used in MSF courses to help improve perception. Leader's Guide, 12 Workbooks, oversized playing cards, floor mats, and CD with PowerPoint program in four parts: Introduction to Perception, Improving Perception, Analysis of Collision Traps, Road Sign & Collision Trap Practice; activities help riders assess their peripheral vision and useful field of view.
Riding Straight: Alcohol Awareness
A kit for conducting seminars/events related to making wise choices regarding drinking and riding. Contains Facilitator's Guide, Riding Straight video and interactive Fatal Vision® Simulator Goggles. The goggle activities allow the participant to experience effects of alcohol impairment with a sober mind – and no hangover. Delivers a powerful message in a fun and crowd-pleasing manner. Sample News Release and Event Flyer are included.
Riding Straight: Marijuana Awareness
Addresses that hazards of mixing motorcycling and marijuana via an artificially created experience of impairment. The Kit allows facilitators to develop the best activities to meet the needs of a variety of audiences in venues including riding clubs, high schools and motorcycle events. Contains Leader Guide, Fatal Vision® Marijuana Simulation Experience Goggle, 6 Activity Balls, 4 Maze Pads, and Floor Mat with 12 Blinking Activity Lights.
SeasonedRider: Aging Awareness
With the average age of motorcyclists increasing (now 47), MSF developed a kit for use in riding clubs or community events. Consists of a 13-minute DVD, Facilitator Guide, props for learning activities designed to help motorcyclists assess and compensate for the effects of aging on their ability to manage risk. Although targeted at riders over the age of 40, the program is appropriate for any age, any type of vehicle operator.
These are personal stories from the students who have taken any of the offered courses, or from the RiderCoaches℠ who teach the courses.