Whether you ride on the weekends to free yourself from the stresses of the grind or you use your motorcycle to commute daily, you owe it to yourself and your family to be aware and take the extra precautions to make sure you make it home safe every time you ride.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) offers novice and advanced level Rider Education Courses. The Motorcycle Safety FoundationÂ® is the internationally recognized developer of the comprehensive, research-based, Rider Education and Training System (MSF RETS). RETS curricula promotes lifelong-learning for motorcyclists and continuous professional development for certified RiderCoaches and other trainers. MSF also actively participates in government relations, safety research, public awareness campaigns and the provision of technical assistance to state training and licensing programs. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organization sponsored by BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory, and Yamaha.
These courses are usually held over the weekend, and consist of one evening session of classroom education followed by two days of hands on training and practice in a controlled environment.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a non profit group funded through donations from within the powersports industry as well as from private individuals. Student fees are very reasonable.
The mission of the MSF is to make motorcycling safer and more enjoyable by ensuring access to lifelong quality education and training for current and prospective riders, and by advocating a safer riding environment.
The course will provide you with all of the necessary skills to safely and legally ride your motorcycle on the street, even if you have never ridden before.
Aside from the basic safety gear, they provide all the training materials and the motorcycles. While most participants bring their own, helmets are usually available. You do not have to own a motorcycle to take the course.
By the end of the second day of hands on training, your instructors will put you through the paces and in most states, their certification of passing the class is all you need. If you take the class, you donâ€™t have to schedule a separate appointment with your licensing agency to take the test.
The courses are taught by riders that are dedicated to helping others enjoy riding a motorcycle as much as they do. RiderCourse Instructors are trained and certified through the RiderCoach Preparation Coach.
Whether you own a big v-twin touring bike and have been riding for decades, or are a novice considering a scooter for your errands, I suggest the Basic RiderCourse. I took the class through a local community college a few years ago. One of our instructors was a big burly biker, and the other was a motorcycle cop. Both were very knowledgeable, warm hearted, and made taking the class in sub freezing temperatures fun.
Getting pulled over for riding a motorcycle without a license is bad news. You could be looking at a license suspension, hefty fines, and maybe even having your bike hauled off to the impound yard. You donâ€™t want to know how they treat bikes in the impound yards around here.
Riding a motorcycle is a privilege, not a right.