MSF Students' Resources

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® is the internationally recognized developer of the comprehensive, research-based, Rider Education and Training System (RETS). RETS curricula promotes lifelong-learning for motorcyclists and continuous professional development for certified RiderCoaches(SM) and other trainers. MSF also actively participates in government relations, safety research, public awareness campaigns and the provision of technical assistance to state training and licensing programs. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organization sponsored by BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Polaris Motorcycles, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha.

Mission & Vision Statement

Mission Statement:

To make motorcycling safer and more enjoyable by ensuring access to lifelong quality education and training for current and prospective riders, and by advocating a safer riding environment.

Vision Statement:

The MSF is an internationally recognized not-for-profit foundation, supported by motorcycle manufacturers, that provides leadership to the motorcycle safety community through its expertise, tools, and partnerships.

Board of Trustees

Chair of the Board
Mr. Russ Brenan
Senior Advisor, Government Relations & Public Affairs
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
Vice Chair
Mr. Joseph Dagley
Division Manager, Motorsports Training
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
Sec/Tresurer
Mr. Steve Piehl
Director, Customer Experience
Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
Trustee
Mr. Robert Alsip
Emissions Compliance Manager
American Suzuki Motor Corp.
Trustee
Mr. Robert Pearce
Director of Customer Service
KTM North America, Inc.
Trustee
Mr. Paul Vitrano
Vice President Global Government Relations
Polaris Industries Inc.
Trustee
Mr. Gary Higgins
Sr. Manager, National Service Operations, Motorcycle Division
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Member
Mr. Arrick Maurice
Marketing Director
Ducati North America, Inc.
Member
Ms. Isabelle Bouchard
Senior Advisor, Public Affairs and Government Relations
BRP
Member
Mr. Sergio Carvajal
Product Manager
BMW of North America, LLC
Member
Phil Read, Jr.
Marketing & Communications Director
Piaggio Group Americas, Inc.
Member
Mr. Matt Sheahan
Vice President of Operations
Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD.

Executive Staff

Mr. Tim Buche
President & CEO
Mr. Robert Gladden
Vice President
Mr. Stuart P. Ross
Legal Counsel
Mr. Erik Pritchard
General Counsel
Mr. Ken Glaser
Director, Special Projects
Mr. Joe DiCorpo
Vice President, Administration
Ms. Kathy Van Kleeck
Senior Vice President, Government Relations

FAQs

Course Enrollment & Licensing

  • Finding/enrolling in an MSF RiderCourse
    To locate a class near you, click here or call the MSF RiderCourse hotline at 1-800-446-9227.
    While the MSF researches and develops the motorcycle safety curriculum used across the United States, each state and military branch is responsible for administering the actual motorcycle safety program. Applicable costs and class schedules are a few of the details that vary from state to state. We commend you for taking the initiative to register for a class and wish you all the best in your future motorcycling endeavors.
  • Lost "Class Completion" Card
    MSF does not have access to all student records. While the MSF researches, develops and distributes the safety/training curriculum, each state and military branch administers the actual Motorcycle Safety Program. For card replacement, you would need to contact the site where you took the course. In order to obtain your training site information, you might try contacting your State Coordinator or Military Coordinator.
  • License Waiver/License Reciprocity
    Upon successful completion of the Basic RiderCourse (BRC), you'll receive a Course Completion Card. Your state might be one of the many states that waive the on-bike riding skills test and/or the written test required to obtain your motorcycle operator's license or endorsement if you have a Course Completion Card from a BRC or BRC 2 in your state. It is our goal that any such state also accept a BRC or BRC 2 completion card from any other state or any branch of the military. Please contact your state's Motorcycle Safety Coordinator if your DMV does not accept an out-of-state completion card.
  • Motorcycle License Requirements
    We have some basic state-by-state license requirements listed in the "CSI Licensing" document available in the Library/Safety Tips section of our website. Please contact your Department of Motor Vehicles to find out exactly what your state requires for you to get a motorcycle license.

Safety Publications & Do-It-Yourself Curriculum

  • Do you have anything I can read about motorcycle safety?
    Visit the Library page and review these three booklets listed under the Safety Tips category:
    • "You and Your Motorcycle: Riding Tips" booklet (many manufacturers include this booklet with their new motorcycles)
    • "Motorcycle Operator Manual" booklet (many states use this booklet as a basis for their DMV reference handbook for motorcycle license applicants)
    • "Sharing The Roadway" booklet for non-motorcyclists
  • I don't want to become a RiderCoach but I'd still like to teach motorcycle riders to be safer.…or…I'd like to teach car drivers to be more aware of motorcyclists
    We are glad to hear of your interest in promoting motorcycle safety. We have several self-contained curriculum products that can be taught by anyone, especially motorcycle enthusiasts and others who are concerned with traffic safety. Whether you're a riding club leader, a schoolteacher, or just someone who enjoys the sport of motorcycling, you'll find it rewarding to present our curricula to your peers, your students, or your community. Visit our online store to purchase the following safety kits:
    • Cars, Motorcycles & A Common Road
      This kit includes an 8-minute video directed at motorists and provides a driver's eye view of the special characteristics of motorcyclists. Also comes with Leader's Guide and ten Student Handbooks. Drivers will learn why a safe motorcyclist will ride in various lane positions, the "two-second" rule for following a motorcyclist, and how to avoid the most common scenarios in which motorists and motorcyclists collide.
    • Group Riding Student Handbook & Video
      This kit is essentially a group ride training event in a box. The video kit contains the MSF Guide to Group Riding video (16 minutes) and handbooks for a class of ten students. You'll learn about ride preparation, standards for organization of the ride, and important knowledge such as proper formations in complex traffic situations.
    • Riding Straight Module
      A stand-alone kit that can be used by RiderCoaches and others who have an interest in conducting seminars or events related to motorcycling and impaired riding. Contains a Facilitator's Guide, 12-minute Riding Straight video that explains how stress, fatigue, alcohol and other drugs impair a motorcyclist's skill and judgment, and interactive Fatal Vision® Simulator Goggles. The goggle activities can also be used by anyone willing to be a facilitator for special events, riding club meetings and rallies, and community outreach programs to deliver a message without the formality of a classroom environment. A sample News Release and Event Flyer are included.
    • Seasoned Rider Module
      A stand-alone kit that can be used for conducting seminars or events related to the effects of aging on a motorcyclist. The kit addresses the need to identify and compensate for factors such as diminished vision, reflexes, and strength in order to manage risk. Contains a Facilitator's Guide, Seasoned Rider video, a core lesson plan, and several optional learning activities

Motorcycle Choices & Technology

  • Can MSF recommend which motorcycle I should purchase?
    The MSF cannot make specific recommendations regarding which motorcycle a rider should purchase. Riders may wish to consult with peers and dealership personnel, and may research manufacturer publications (brochures and websites) and enthusiast magazines for reviews and recommendations.
    Traditionally, novice street riders purchase smaller motorcycles on which to gain experience before investing in larger, more powerful motorcycles. Be aware that some manufacturers note in their publications that certain sport-bike models are intended for experienced riders.The MSF strongly recommends that you take a Basic RiderCourse in your area, to decide if motorcycling is right for you, to prepare you for riding in traffic, and to secure a waiver for all or part your state's motorcycle operator's licensing test, if applicable.
  • Are motorcycles safe?…or…I keep hearing scary statistics on motorcycle safety.…or…How can I convince my spouse/parents/etc. that I'd be a safe motorcyclist?
    Pure statistics do not tell the whole story of motorcycle safety. Generally speaking, motorcyclists - as well as bicyclists and pedestrians -- are more vulnerable than other roadway users to injury in traffic collisions since they don't have the advantage of being cocooned within 3,000 pounds of steel. That's why the Motorcycle Safety Foundation strongly encourages motorcyclists to minimize the risk by riding responsibly, wearing protective gear, taking a hands-on rider training course, getting licensed, riding within your personal limits, and riding free of alcohol or other drugs (note that 31 percent of motorcyclists who died in crashes were impaired). In our RiderCourses and in our safety publications, we stress the need to learn and use effective mental strategies such as SEE: Search, Evaluate, Execute. This strategy helps riders manage risk by detecting and avoiding potentially hazardous traffic situations. Some riders also use the strategy of assuming they're invisible to other motorists, because other motorists may not be on the lookout for motorcycles. Wearing brightly colored protective apparel helps increase visibility, and frequent inspection of the motorcycle helps decrease the likelihood of a crash due to mechanical failure. The maneuverability and small size of a motorcycle can be used in some situations to avoid crashes. While there are many steps a motorcyclist can take to reduce risk, it can never be eliminated. More than 9,000,000 American motorcyclists enjoy the sport, and the trend is that more and more people are turning to motorcycles as a practical, efficient and enjoyable form of personal transportation.
    If you haven't ridden before, we suggest that you and your spouse/parent/whoever take our Basic RiderCourse and use that as a basis for discussion of the risks and rewards of motorcycling, before making a decision to purchase a motorcycle.
  • Headlight Modulators
    The MSF has not taken an official position on headlight modulators. We do support methods of increasing conspicuity that are acceptable within state's statutory regulations. Modulators have been shown to be as effective as high-beam headlight use. The MSF cautions that measures to improve conspicuity should not replace a good riding strategy ("SEE" -- Search, Evaluate, Execute) to ensure an adequate time and space safety margin.
  • I have an idea/invention for a new safety device/enhancement for motorcycles. Will MSF help me design/promote/sell it?
    MSF's policy as it relates to the issue of invention submissions and product endorsement is:
    • MSF's mission is to develop and promote motorcycle rider training and education;
    • MSF does not get involved in matters of engineering, manufacture, or design of motorcycles; and,
    • MSF cannot evaluate any submissions of patents, product information disclosures, or other technological ideas that are purported to enhance safety.
    So, we are not authorized to evaluate, endorse or distribute your product. MSF wishes you success in pursuing other avenues to market your product.
  • Web Links/Link Exchange
    You can link to our site (www.msf-usa.org) from your site without permission. You can use the words "Motorcycle Safety Foundation" or the abbreviation "MSF" on your website as a label for your link, but you cannot post our logo on your website as a label for your link or for any other purpose. On the other hand, MSF only links to member company and rider training sponsor websites.
  • Will MSF market my product in its Online Store?
    At this time, we are not seeking any new products to market through our online store.
  • Copying material from this website
    Our permission policy depends on how much you want to reprint. Brief excerpts just require that you attribute the text to Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and you do not need to ask us for permission. Large portions require a license agreement. If you want to use large portions of text, or a complete page of this site, please send us an email (using the link below) describing the section you wish to use and how you intend to use it. However, you are free to copy, host, or distribute the videos posted on our homepage and the Quick Tips sheets posted in our Library.

About MSF

  • What is MSF? Who funds it?
    The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) is a national, not-for-profit organization promoting the safety of motorcyclists with programs in rider training, operator licensing and public information. The MSF is sponsored by the U.S. manufacturers and distributors of BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Polaris Motorcycles, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha.
  • I'm having a problem with my motorcycle/my dealership/the manufacturer/etc. Can MSF get involved and help me?
    The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) is a developer of rider training curricula and public information campaigns for motorcyclists. MSF generally does not get involved in product-related issues between motorcycle purchasers and retail dealerships, insurance companies, or manufacturers.

RiderCoaches

  • How do I become a RiderCoach/RCT?
    You must be a licensed motorcyclist, at least 18 years old, with a good driving record who currently rides on a frequent, routine basis. You should have several years of varied riding experience. As a teacher, you need good communication skills. As a RiderCoach, you'll be called upon to give your time to help teach RiderCourses. Although you may get paid, you won't become rich in this field. A sincere desire to help reduce motorcycle accidents, injuries, and deaths is the prime motivator of RiderCourse RiderCoaches. Please visit the Instructor Certification section via the RiderCoach Info link here.
  • RiderCoach Certification/Re-Activation
    You should receive your re-certification survey three months prior to your anniversary. If you are an active RiderCoach, you must recertify every two years in order to keep your certification. To see when you should recertify, please check the expiration date on your RiderCoach card. You may now recertify online by visiting www.retsorg.org and clicking "Profile" from the toolbar and then "Self Report" on the left of the Profile page. If you are a new RETSORG user, enter your MSF RiderCoach ID in both spaces provided (User Name and Password). You will then be prompted to change your password. Enter your MSF ID as your current password and enter a new password that you will easily remember. Click save and you will get a message that confirms that your password was changed. You can change your address, phone and email at any time. The new password that you establish in RETSORG will also allow you access into the new MSF Online Store.
  • RiderCoach Change of Address
    As an Active RiderCoach, you may now update your personal profile online. Visit www.retsorg.org and change your contact information by clicking "Profile" located on the toolbar. If you are a new RETSORG user, enter your MSF RiderCoach ID in both spaces provided on the login page (User Name and Password). You will then be prompted to change your password. Enter your MSF ID as your current password and enter a new password that you will easily remember. Click SAVE and you will get a message that confirms that your password was changed. You can change your address, phone and email at any time. The new password that you establish in RETSORG will also allow you access into the new MSF Online Store.

Becoming a Training Provider

  • How do I start my own training site?
    Your first step in starting a training site is to contact the State Coordinator for rider education in your state (if applicable). Contact information for State Coordinators can be found here.
    If your state does not have a State-legislated Motorcycle Safety Program or no point of contact, please send us an email.
  • To contact your State or Military Coordinator
    State Motorcycle Safety Coordinators
    Military Motorcycle Safety Coordinators
  • If the FAQ's do not address your question or comment, please email us here.
    You can also write to us at:
    2 Jenner, Suite 150
    Irvine, CA 92618
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Unless the Customer provides MSF with a complete, valid, and correct tax exemption certificate applicable to the product ship-to location prior to MSF's acceptance of the order, the Customer is responsible for sales and all other taxes associated with the order.

If applicable, a separate charge for taxes will be shown on the invoice (current State tax rate will be charged and collected by MSF on all sales in California and Pennsylvania). With respect to the state of California, MSF will additionally collect District Taxes for the County of Orange. In all other cases, the customer is responsible for remitting to their respective state, the appropriate and applicable district tax, as well as any other applicable taxes, if not charged by MSF.