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Basic RiderCourse 1.0

Rider Handbook

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    Welcome to the world of motorcycle riding. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® (MSF) and your course sponsor want you to learn to be the wisest rider possible. We want motorcycling to be seriously fun for you. Serious because there is risk involved. Fun because riding a motorcycle is a joy.

    If you are new to riding, welcome to the challenge. You must be able to balance a two-wheel bicycle before riding a motorcycle in this course. The Basic RiderCourseSM (BRC) will help you learn the physical and mental skills required to enjoy riding to the fullest as well as challenge you to be the best you can be as a lifelong learner.

    If you are a returning rider who has not ridden for some time, welcome back. This course will help you renew skills that can improve your safety and risk management, and make riding more fun.

    If you are an experienced rider here to earn your license or endorsement, you will fine-tune your skills and learn new strategies for the road. Challenge yourself to master the basics. Be a good example for the new riders.

    This is the Basic RiderCourse, so it provides the basics. The classroom activities introduce the mental and perceptual processes needed to be a good rider and show you how to process information and make safe decisions. The riding sessions have you practice basic control that includes clutch and throttle coordination, straight-line riding, stopping, turning, and shifting. Also included are quicker stops, curves, and swerves. It is important not only to be healthy, but to have enough fitness, strength, and coordination to learn well and manage the physical demands of riding a motorcycle.

    BRCHandbook.