Getting Started

The MSF Basic RiderCourse is designed for beginning riders of all ages. Before the on-cycle riding exercises, you will explore basic learn-to-ride topics, including fundamental riding skills, mental perceptual strategies, and behavioral self-assessment activities. These topics will be covered either in a live classroom setting, using one of MSF’s online eCourses, or a combination of the two. If an eCourse is a required component of your course, an enrollment link will be provided by your NYSMSP training agent so you can register at no additional charge. You’ll learn about the different types of motorcycles, the layout and operation of the basic controls, and how to become a safer, more responsible rider. You’ll review the different types of safety gear worn for protection and comfort, along with how alcohol and other drugs impair your ability to ride safely.

Next, you’ll move to the riding range (typically, a paved parking lot) and your RiderCoach (an experienced motorcyclist certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation) will start you off with straight-line riding, stopping, shifting, and turning. You’ll gradually progress to swerving and emergency braking. Click here for a complete description of the curriculum.

The course concludes with a knowledge test and 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. Your introduction to the wonderful world of motorcycling has just begun! Find a RiderCourse near you.