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Basic Rider Course


Great for Beginning Riders | Excellent Refresher Course

$250 | 2 Days

Basic Rider Course Motorcycle Safety Harley Davidson Crusier Rider

The MSF Basic RiderCourse is designed for beginning riders of all ages. More than 8 million motorcyclists nationwide have graduated from a RiderCourse since 1974.


The NEW three+ Hour Online eCourse Completed by you in the comfort and convenience of your own home prepares you for ten to fifteen hours of hands-on riding exercises in a controlled, off-street environment. Motorcycles and helmets are provided free of charge for your use during the course. In the Online 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. At your Preregistered Weekend you’ll take to the riding range where your MSF-certified RiderCoach will guide you through the basic skills of straight-line riding, stopping, shifting, and turning, gradually progressing to swerving and emergency braking.


Anyone wondering if Riding a Motorcycle is right for them

Anyone who has NEVER rode a Motorcycle or Driven a Clutch in a Car

Anyone who has never taken a Motorcycle Safety Course before

Anyone who already rides and is interested in becoming a better safer rider

Anyone who already rides but needs a Tennessee State Motorcycle License

 Riders seeking to obtain their Basic Rider Course Completion Cards in order to obtain an insurance Discount as mandated by the State of Tennessee

Able to Balance and Ride a 2 wheeled Bicycle

Age 15 or Older*

*If you are under the age of 18, one of your parents or a legal guardian MUST be present with you Saturday morning before class to sign the course waiver with you. If a parent or legal guardian has not signed the Waiver before class begins, you cannot participate and you will lose your money.



This Class takes only 2 In Person Days

Saturday 7:30AM - 6:00PM

Sunday 7:30am - 6:00PM

Please note:  These hours are TENTATIVE and may vary, due to class size,

rate of progression, and weather. *DO NOT BE LATE*

3+ Hours Online eCourse Prior to Your Registered Class

10+ Hours of In Person Riding Instruction

Multiple Choice Written Exam + Riding Skills Evaluation

Breaks throughout the Class + 1 Hour Lunch Each Day
Range Exercises include Low-Speed Maneuvers and Basic Skills such as Shifting, Accelerating, Braking, Cornering, U-Turn, Lane Change
You’ll be with the same group for the duration of your Training. Allowing you to get to know one another and encourage each other along the way
You’ll receive individual RiderCoach feedback while learning to

Ride a Motorcycle. 

Helmets are provided if needed.
Many different Types and/or Models of motorcycles are available to allow the best fit and experience as possible. 

Food/beverages for Breaks and Lunch.

Short Breaks are provided every couple of Exercises and a 1 Hour

Lunch Break is given on both Full Days. 
Required Gear (Listed Below)



We don't expect you to have all the Motorcycle gear needed to Ride before your class and we don't recommend you spending a lot of money just to attend the class. We hope to teach you about proper gear and answer questions you have during your class. Including gear we recommend, fit, styles, and where to buy. Because of this you'll notice the ONLY Motorcycle specific gear we require is a DOT Helmet, and we have plenty for you to borrow if you don't have one yet. The rest is everyday clothing/accessories.

DOT-Compliant Full or 3/4 Face Helmet. 1/2 Shell Helmets are NOT PERMITTED.

Don't have a helmet? You can borrow one of ours during your class.
Eye Protection: Prescription Glasses, Clear Glasses, Sun Glasses, and/or Face Shield
Long-sleeve Shirt or Jacket. If you have a Motorcycle Specific Jacket,

you are welcome to wear it
Long, non-flare Pants made of Denim or Equivalent or more Durable Material. No Yoga Pants and No Rips or Tears.
Over-the-Ankle Boots/Shoes (sturdy, not canvas). Must COVER the Ankle Bone
Full-Finger Gloves without Perforations. Garden, Mechanics, Motorcycle, etc.

Weather Specific Gear. Rain Gear, Warm Layers, Cooling Shirts, etc

Motorcycling is an Outdoor Sport, we ride in almost all Weather Conditions.

Please plan accordingly.


Below are the 14 Hands-on Riding Exercises in the Course:


1. Motorcycle Familiarization

Review T-CLOCS pre-ride inspection

Identify location and operation of important controls and major parts

Review mounting/dismounting procedures

Review elements of good posture


2. Using the Friction Zone

Become skilled in using the clutch friction zone for control


3. Starting & Stopping Drill

Coordinate the friction zone, throttle, and brakes to control the motorcycle

Start out and stop with precision and control


4. Shifting & Stopping

Shift gears and stop smoothly


5. Basic Skill Practice


Refine low-speed maneuvering skills

Refine throttle use and brake manipulation for corners6. Pressing to Initiate and


6. Adjust Lean

Understand the maneuvering elements needed for negotiating curves

Experience the effects of handgrip pressure and handlebar movement to initiate and adjust lean

7. Stopping More Quickly & Tight Turns from a Stop

Develop a feel for progressive braking pressure to stop more quickly without skidding

Practice making a sharp turn from a stop

8. Stopping Distance Demonstration

Observe a demonstration of the reaction/braking parts of total stopping distance

To understand effects of speed on braking distance

To relate the results to intersection strategies


9. Limited-Space Maneuvers

Refine maneuvering skills to allow turns in limited spaces

Learn the counterweighting technique

10. Stopping in a Curve

Learn to maintain control while stopping in a curve

Understand traction management

11. Curve Judgment

Improve skills for negotiating multiple curves

Understand the "search-setup-smooth" strategy

12. Multiple Curves & Lane Changes

Practice negotiating curves and lane changes

Understand safety margins and gap selection

13. Crossing an Obstacle & Swerving

Learn techniques for crossing over obstacles

Execute a basic swerve

Practice turning from a stop

Refine slow-speed weaves

14. Skill Practice

Capstone exercise that combines a variety of maneuvers

15. Skill Test

To assess basic skills using a cone weave, normal stop, turning from a stop, U-turn, quick stop, obstacle swerve, and cornering maneuver.

To demonstrate basic motorcycle control skills and ability to avoid an obstacle

To demonstrate ability to use the proper technique to negotiate a curve

Riding Evaluation

The course concludes with a classroom knowledge test and hands-on 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.

Wanna head start?

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