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The Motorcycle Safety Foundation launches a course for adventurers


Sensing the popularity of adventure riding, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation branched out to include adventure courses.

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Helping adventure and dual-purpose pilots develop key skills

IRVINE, Calif., May 11, 2022 – The Motorcycle Safety Foundation will help adventure and dual-purpose riders looking to learn fundamental off-road skills with its new offering, the AdventureBike RiderCourse (ADVRC). The course includes 12 exercises and an adventure readiness discussion that will help riders better understand and control their motorcycle so they can gain confidence in off-road riding and be ready for greater adventure challenges, more advanced training and to participate in more circuits, events and rides.

“Adventure and dual-purpose motorcycles open up a whole new world of riding possibilities,” said Erik Pritchard, President and CEO of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. “Sales in this category have increased by over 46% since 2019. Creating a course to help beginners or a little rusty go off-road is a need we are delighted to fill.”

The course is a one-day experience taken on a student’s personal ADV or dual-purpose motorcycle. All instruction is given at an MSF-recognized riding stall under the guidance of MSF-certified ADVRC rider coaches. As the course’s availability expands nationwide, it will be easier than ever for riders to learn basic off-road skills.

Introducing the MSF AdventureBike Rider course

  • ADV Familiarization – Motorcycle Equipment and Features
  • Basic Controls – Motorcycle controls for starting, stopping, straight line driving, cornering
  • Loss of Controlled Traction – How and When to Use It
  • Standing – How, when and why
  • Rider Pivot/Posture – Changing weight and posture for bike control
  • Risk Management – Understand risk compensation and apply the “SEE” strategy
  • Counterweight – Maneuver for slow, tight turns
  • Straight Line Braking – Rear Tire Skid Control, Threshold Braking
  • Rear wheel steering – How and when to use the rear wheel brake or throttle to steer
  • Obstacles – How to overcome obstacles effectively
  • U-Turn on a Hill – How to U-Turn Uphill
  • Crossing a hill – How to cross a hill
  • Adventure Prep – Tips for Getting Out and Having an Adventure

The MSF AdventureBike RiderCourse is currently available in 12 states through various private and MSF-operated training sites, and as the Adventure Touring Rider Course through participating Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy sites.

“The AdventureBike RiderCourse will make basic off-road skill building available nationwide and help these riders explore the capabilities of their bikes,” said Corey Eastman, Director of Rider Education Expansion. “We hope riders will take this knowledge and go on to discover thousands of ADV riding opportunities.”

More than 100 MSF coaches are striving to be certified to teach the AdventureBike RiderCourse by the end of the year. msf-usa.org will be updated regularly as new training sites come online.

More information available on the AdventureBike RiderCourse homepage.