Though the MSF Basic eCourse is NOT accepted as a license waiver by any state department of motor vehicles, or as a license to ride a motorcycle or a learner's permit, it is a highly interactive online program that provides riders of all skill levels with the basics of motorcycling. With integrated graphics, photos and video to help better illustrate the lessons, the $19.99 program allows you to control the pace of your learning.

Taking the MSF Basic eCourse is as easy and convenient as powering up your home computer or laptop. Students can choose when and where to take the course, which saves valuable time and money. And like all MSF training programs, the Basic eCourse promotes lifelong learning. Once you create an account you can retake the course whenever you want a refresher.

Perhaps most importantly, the MSF Basic eCourse serves as an introductory check for anyone interested in riding a motorcycle. It helps you determine whether motorcycling is actually a good personal fit. Although it’s a key component of the MSF’s hands-on Basic RiderCourse 2014 update, it can be completed as an introductory stand-alone program without enrolling in the hands-on course.

Upon completion of the Basic eCourse, you will be able to print a completion certificate that is valid for 30 days. If you are taking the eCourse as a requirement of a hands-on training course, the eCourse must be completed less than 30 days prior to the class start date. If you have completed the eCourse more than 30 days before the class start date, you must re-take the eCourse (you can re-take it for free) by logging into the eCourse server and checking the "Start new attempt" checkbox.


The MSF Basic eCourse is a perfect fit for:

  • New riders preparing to take the hands-on MSF Basic RiderCourse, the “gold standard” in motorcycle safety training with over 7 million student rider graduates since 1974.
  • Potential riders considering motorcycling as a hobby, sport or for personal transportation.
  • Experienced riders looking to refresh their motorcycling skill set and overall knowledge.
  • Anyone interested in learning more about motorcycles.

The MSF Basic eCourse is NOT:

  • The MSF Basic eCourse is NOT accepted as a license waiver by any state department of motor vehicles, or as a license to ride a motorcycle or a learner's permit.
  • The MSF Basic eCourse is NOT a hands-on course. The curriculum is designed primarily to prepare you for the hands-on MSF Basic RiderCourse which includes in-depth classroom activities, learning assessments and hands-on application of concepts to riding exercises on a closed-course range.

About the MSF Basic eCourse:

  • The MSF Basic eCourse focuses on the basic concepts of motorcycling. From identifying a motorcycle’s controls to explaining how they work, the course also details a motorcycle’s basic operation, prepares a student to ride, provides strategies for common riding situations and more. Additionally, the eCourse outlines key safety concepts to promote responsible riding and risk-reducing behavior.
  • The MSF Basic eCourse allows you to set your own pace of learning. You can bookmark where you left off and come back at a later time. And you can repeat segments you want to go back to and review or for reinforcement. Throughout the highly interactive course, self-assessment exercises allow you to rate your overall rider readiness. Finally, the MSF Basic eCourse makes students aware of the risks as well as the joys of being a motorcyclist.

MSF Basic eCourse Outline

The MSF Basic eCourse includes 12 sections that follow the content in the MSF 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
    1. State/Local Laws
    2. Key Safety Steps
    3. Knowledge Test
    4. Next Steps
  12. Preparation for Hands-On MSF Basic RiderCourse

Minimum System Requirements

  • Internet connection: Broadband connections work best. The MSF Basic eCourse is video intensive.
  • Browser support: Current versions of Chrome, Safari and Firefox are all supported. For Internet Explorer, version 10 or above is supported.
  • Be sure JavaScript is enabled on your browser.
  • The eCourse renders best on a desktop computer with at least 1024x768 resolution.
  • The eCourse requires Adobe Flash so it will not work on an iPad.
  • The eCourse is not optimized for mobile phones or modern tablets.
  • You will need access to a printer at the end of the course to print a completion certificate.