MSF Basic Ridercourse (updated)

The MSF Basic Ridercourse is designed for beginning riders and is the only course that My Turn To Drive offers at this time. It covers the basics of operating a motorcycle and safety-oriented mental strategies. While motorcycles will be provided for your use as part of the course, you must provide your own riding gear.

The course consists of five (5) hours of formal classroom activities and ten (10) hours of hands-on riding exercises in a controlled, off-street parking lot. The hands-on riding exercises cover the basic skills of straight-line riding, stopping, shifting, turning, and gradually progressing to swerving and emergency braking. The instruction is conducted over three days. The course may also earn you an insurance discount. The course concludes with a classroom knowledge test and hands-on riding skill evaluation. The Secretary of State of Michigan waives the Third-party Riding Skill Test if you successfully complete MSF Basic Ridercourse (updated).

Charges for a specific class are based upon the number of persons enrolled in the safety class. You will be informed of that charge when you contact us or call the number above to book the class.

Please note that Motorcycle Safety Classes are limited to 10 persons.

The charge for the MSF Basic Ridercourse (updated) includes the MSF Basic eCourse (see next).

MSF Basic eCourse

Michigan requires that you to take the MSF Basic eCourse before you begin the hands-on riding portion of the MSF Basic Ridercourse. The eCourse must be completed within 30 days prior to the class start date. The MSF eCourse is not accepted as a license waiver by the Michigan Secretary of State, or as a license to ride a motorcycle or as a learner’s permit.

The MSF Basic eCourse is a highly interactive, 3 hour online program that provides riders of all skill levels with the basics of motorcycling. This program, if taken without the MSF Basic Ridercourse (updated), costs $19.99 and includes integrated graphics, photos, and video to illustrate the lessons, and it allows you to control the pace of your learning.

The MSF Basic eCourse serves as an introductory check for anyone interested in riding a motorcycle. It helps you determine whether motorcycling is right for you. Although it is a key component of the MSF Basic Ridercourse (updated) as described above, it can be completed as an introductory stand-alone program without enrolling in the hands-on course. Further, it is a great supplement for those who intend to take a non-MSF hands-on course. Upon completion of an MSF eCourse, you will be able to print a completion certificate that is valid for 30 days.

The MSF Basic eCourse includes 12 of the 16 sections that follow the content in the BRC Rider Handbook:

    1. Course Introduction
    2. Motorcycle Types
    3. Controls, Indicators and Equipment
    4. About Basic Operation
    5. Preparing to Ride
    6. Risk and Riding
    7. Basic Street Strategies
    8. Strategies for Common Riding Situations
    9. Basics for Emergencies
    10. Special Riding Situations
    11. Rider impairments
    12. State & Local Laws*
    13. Key Safety Steps*
    14. Knowledge Test*
    15. Next Steps*
    16. Preparation for Hands-On MSF Basic Ridercourse*

*These topics are covered in the Friday evening classroom activities.