MSF is a developer of comprehensive, research-based rider education and training curricula designed to develop or advance motorcyclists' riding skills. The MSF fosters a "ride safe" attitude, and promotes lifelong learning for motorcyclists. It also participates in government relations, safety research, public awareness campaigns, and technical assistance to state training and licensing programs.
MSF administers courses directly in New Mexico, California, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. However, in most states courses are administered by state agencies or universities that use MSF's curricula. Individual training sites may be public, as through technical colleges, or private organizations. In 48 states, these local training sites are certified by MSF. Idaho and Oregon states use state-developed curricula rather than MSF's. All fifty states have rider training programs.
MSF is recognized by most state departments of transportation in the U.S. Successful completion of MSF's Basic "RiderCourse" usually replaces a state's riding exam, and may also replace the written exam, to receive a motorcycle operator's endorsement or license. Some insurance companies also offer discounts to those who have passed an MSF course. Military installations require graduation from an MSF course to ride a motorcycle on base.
In addition to the Basic "RiderCourse" the MSF has designed an Experienced "RiderCourse" and various other curricula related to subjects of concern to motorcyclists, such as group riding and issues faced by more experienced riders.
The MSF external link provides contact information for local MSF schools.
MSF's courses are taught by instructors, or so-called "RiderCoaches," certified by MSF and who, in turn, are trained by "RiderCoach" Trainers certified by the MSF directly. Experienced motorcyclists who might be interested in becoming "RiderCoaches" should contact their states' Motorcycle Safety Administrators for information on applying for certification.
On May 21, 2008, the MSF lawsuit against Team Oregon was settled
|California||No||Yes||BRC required for riders under 21|
|District of Columbia||No||Yes||BRC may be completed in VA, MD or DC|
|Florida||No||Yes||MSF course is required for all new riders effective 7/1/2008|
|Ohio||No||Yes||BRC required for riders under 18|
|Wisconsin||No||Yes||BRC course required for riders under age 18|