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Basic Rider Courses

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic RiderCourse is aimed at beginning riders of all ages. You'll learn how to operate a motorcycle safely, with a lot of emphasis on the special skills and mental attitude necessary for dealing with traffic.

You'll learn about motorcycles controls and how they operate. You'll start off with straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping. You'll gradually progress to cornering, swerving and emergency braking. The RiderCoaches will advise you on what to wear for comfort and protection. You'll find out how alcohol and other drugs affect your ability to ride safely. In a very important segment of the course  you'll learn to create your own strategy for riding in traffic and dealing with critical situations.

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Advanced Rider Courses

Even if you've been riding for some time, there's always something new to learn. Increasing numbers of seasoned riders are flocking to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Experienced RiderCourse to hone their skills and fine-tune the mental skills needed for survival in traffic.

You'll discuss with your peers how to balance the mental and physical aspects of safe riding, manage risk, increase visibility and optimize your lane position. The Experienced RiderCourse also covers protective gear, rider responsibility, motorcycle inspection and care, and the effects of alcohol and other drugs on riding. You'll put into practice the techniques of managing traction, stopping quickly, cornering and swerving.

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Manufacturer Incentives

Many rider organizations, especially factory sponsored groups, offer some form of reimbursement for completing a rider training program. Check with your rider club to learn about the details, if available. Likewise, many insurance companies offer a discount for completion of a rider training program. Check with your insurance carrier for specifics

Track Days

Road race tracks across the country often hold Track Days for motorcyclists. While conducted on the track, these sessions are not necessarily racing schools. You can learn valuable handling, cornering and braking skills that enhance your street riding abilities. Check at a track near you.