Motorcycle Training - Basic Rider Course Information
The Basic Rider Course – Classes teach motorcycle riders the basic skills needed to safely ride a motorcycle. Since the 2-day class size is limited to eight, you will receive the attention you need to ride confidently. The tabs below contain information on requirements, what the course covers, and the schedule.
The Basic RiderCourse teaches the basic mental and physical skills needed for riding. In some states, this course provides a waiver of the written and/or riding licensing tests.
Able to balance and ride a bicycle
Possess either a driver’s license or motorcycle learner’s permit
Prerequisites may vary by jurisdiction
What to Expect
15-hours of instruction (5 hour e-course & 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
Motorcycle/scooter, helmet and gloves are provided
Types and/or models of motorcycles available vary by site. 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 (i.e., scooter, standard, sport bike or cruiser)
The Basic Rider Course (BRC)
The MSF Basic RiderCourse is designed for beginning riders of all ages. More than 8 million motorcyclists nationwide have graduated from a RiderCourse since 1974. Classroom-style instruction – prepares you for ten hours of hands-on riding exercises in a controlled, off-street environment.
Online Classroom (approx. 5 hours)
Through this online course, 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.
Riding Range (approx. 10 hours)
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. A full breakdown of the riding portion is covered below.
BRC ON-MOTORCYCLE OVERVIEW
Here is a List of the 14 Hands-on Riding Exercises in the Course:
Review T-CLOCS pre-ride inspection
Identify location and operation of important controls and major parts
Review mounting/dismounting procedures
Review elements of good posture
Using the Friction Zone
Become skilled in using the clutch friction zone for control
Starting & Stopping Drill
Coordinate the friction zone, throttle, and brakes to control the motorcycle
Start out and stop with precision and control
Shifting & Stopping
Shift gears and stop smoothly
Basic Skill Practice
Refine low-speed maneuvering skills
Refine throttle use and brake manipulation for corners
Pressing to Initiate and Adjust Lean
Understand the maneuvering elements needed for negotiating curves
Experience the effects of handgrip pressure and handlebar movement to initiate and adjust lean
Stopping More Quickly & Tight Turns from a Stop
Develop a feel for progressive braking pressure to stop more quickly without skidding
Practice making a sharp turn from a stop
Stopping Distance Demonstration
Observe a demonstration of the reaction/braking parts of total stopping distance
To understand effects of speed on braking distance
To relate the results to intersection strategies
Refine maneuvering skills to allow turns in limited spaces
Learn the counterweighting technique
Stopping in a Curve
Learn to maintain control while stopping in a curve
Understand traction management
Improve skills for negotiating multiple curves
Understand the “search-setup-smooth” strategy
Multiple Curves & Lane Changes
Practice negotiating curves and lane changes
Understand safety margins and gap selection
Crossing an Obstacle & Swerving
Learn techniques for crossing over obstacles
Execute a basic swerve
Practice turning from a stop
Refine slow-speed weaves
Capstone exercise that combines a variety of maneuvers
To assess basic skills using a cone weave, normal stop, turning from a stop, U-turn, quick stop, obstacle swerve, and cornering maneuver
To demonstrate basic motorcycle control skills and ability to avoid an obstacle
To demonstrate ability to use the proper technique to negotiate a curve
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.
Course fees vary depending on where you live. Some motorcycle distributors and brand-sponsored clubs have programs to reimburse you for all or part of the tuition. With more than 2,500 RiderCourse sites across the country, there is probably one near you.
Before the first day of class, student complete the classroom training online.
Day 1 and Day 2. We begin at the range at 35534 FL-54, Zephyrhills, FL.