Getting Started

The MSF Basic RiderCourse is designed for beginning riders of all ages. Three hours online (eCourse) followed by five hours of classroom instruction prepares you for ten hours of practical riding exercises in a controlled, off-street environment—typically, a paved parking lot. Motorcycles are provided free of charge for your use during the course. All of this is included in your tuition. Students must use the eCourse enrollment link provided by their NYSMSP training agent in order to receive the eCourse at no additional charge.

In the eCourse, 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. You’ll review the different types of safety gear worn for protection and comfort. In the classroom you’ll find out how alcohol and other drugs impair your ability to ride safely.

Next, you’ll move to the riding range 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.