Classroom Content

Section Objectives
1 Section 1 - Course Introduction
  • Course Requirements
  • Risks and Responsibilities
2 Section 2 - Motorcycle Types
  • Street Motorcycles
  • Dual-Purpose Motorcycles
  • Off-Highway Motorcycles
3 Section 3 - Controls, Indicators and Equipment
  • Primary Controls
  • Other Controls
  • Indicators and Equipment
4 Section 4 - About Basic Operation
  • Engine Start and Stop
  • Clutch Lever and Friction Zone
  • Riding Posture
  • Basic Turning
  • Braking to a Stop
  • Shifting
5 Section 5 - Preparing to Ride: The Four Preps
  • Motorcycle Fit
  • Motorcycle Inspection and Maintenance
  • Personal Protective Gear
  • Mental Attitude
6 Section 6 - Risk and Riding
  • Risk Awareness
  • Risk Acceptance
  • Risk Management
  • Self-Awareness
7 Section 7 - Basic Street Strategies
  • Positioning
  • Being Visible
  • An Active Strategy
  • Mental Processing
  • Escape Paths
8 Section 8 - Strategies for Common Riding Situation
  • Intersections
  • Between Intersections
  • Blind Spots
  • Lane Changes
  • Freeway Merging and Exiting
  • Curves
  • Limited-Space Maneuvers
  • Starting on a Hill
  • Obstacles
  • Parking
  • Road Furniture
  • Passing
  • Tailgaters
  • Night Riding
  • Group Riding
9 Section 9 - Basics for Emergencies
  • Braking Systems
  • Emergency Stop in a Straight Line
  • Emergency Stop in a Curve
  • Front Tire Skid
  • Rear Tire Skid
  • Swerving
  • The Brake or Swerve Decision
10 Section 10 - Special Riding Situations
  • Road Surfaces
  • Carrying Passengers or Cargo
  • Touring
  • Wind
  • Animals
  • Maintenance and Emergency Issues
11 Section 11 - Rider Impairments
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Intervention
  • Other Factors Affecting Safety
12 Section 12 - Select Topics
  • Licensing Information
  • Personal Protective Gear Requirements
  • State Motorcycle Equipment Requirements
  • State Insurance Requirements
  • Consequences for Impaired Riding
13 Section 13 - Key Safety Concepts
  • Self-Assessment
  • Terms and Concepts from the Course
14 Section 14 - Knowledge Test
15 Section 15 - Next Steps
16 Section 16 - Range Preparation
  • Range Safety Rules
  • RiderCoach Signals
  • How the Range Exercises Work

Range Exercises

Lesson Objectives
1 Familiarization
  • Identify location and operation of important controls and major parts
  • Review mounting/dismounting procedures
  • Use engine start and shutdown procedures
2 Using the Friction Zone
  • Become skilled in using the clutch friction zone for control
3 Starting & Stopping Drill
  • Learn clutch/throttle coordination to start out and stop with precision and control
4 Shifting & Stopping
  • Shift gears and stop smoothly
5 Adjusting Speed & Turning
  • Develop the basic skills of adjusting speed and turning (counter-steering technique)
6 Controls-Skills Practice
  • Combine throttle, clutch, and brake use with a variety of maneuvers
7 Cornering
  • Develop the slow/look/press/roll technique for smooth, precise cornering
8 Matching Gears to Speed
  • Practice matching gear shifting to road speed
9 Stopping Quickly
  • Develop quick-stop capabilities
10 Limited-Space Maneuvers
  • Refine maneuvering skills to allow turns in limited spaces
11 Pressing to Initiate Lean
  • Develop deeper understanding of counter-steering for initiating turns
12 Cornering Judgment
  • Develop cornering finesse through additional rider judgment of entry speed and degree of curve
13 Negotiating Curves
  • Demonstrate smooth and precise cornering techniques through various paths of travel
14 Stopping Quickly in a Curve
  • Learn techniques to maintain control while stopping in a curve
15 Obstacles & Lane Changes
  • Develop proficiency in crossing over obstacles
  • Practice making safe lane changes
16 Avoiding Hazards
  • Learn the collision-avoidance skills of swerving and quick braking
17 Skills Practice
  • Capstone exercise that combines a variety of maneuvers
Test Skill Test To assess basic skills using a U-turn, swerve, quick stop, 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