The Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course offers instruction for beginning riders 16 years and older. This course covers the basic fundamentals needed to develop the capabilities to become a safe and responsible motorcyclist. It provides the opportunity to learn the physical and mental skills important for operating a motorcycle. In the classroom, riders will learn ways to minimize risk and handle special riding situations. During the riding portions of the course, riders will be coached to develop the physical skills of basic control that include: clutch/throttle control, straight line riding, stopping, turning, and shifting, and then move on to more advanced skills in stopping quickly, cornering, and swerving.