The MSF eCourse

Here’s some important info regarding your online Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) eCourse. Please read this FAQ in it’s entirety, as it’ll answer most of your questions! Remember, the eCourse takes about 3 hours, and you’ll need to arrive at your first Total Rider class with a completed, printed Certificate (or you will be dropped).

1. After booking your MSF class with TR, you’ll receive a confirmation email from us with class information including how to access the eCourse. The Subject line will begin: Booking confirmed.
This email will give you specific instructions on how to access MSF’s online eCourse, as well as a link to the eCourse registration page at the MSF’s website. 
2. The eCourse must be completed before coming to the first day of class with your printed certificate in hand. 

Upon completion of the 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 for enrolling in a hands-on training course, the eCourse must be completed within 30 days prior to the class start date. If you have completed an 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 back in and checking the “Start new attempt” checkbox.
**The MSF 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.
3. Super Special Hint: There is a 25 question multiple-choice Knowledge Test based on the learning concepts from the eCourse, given at the end of your first class… so pay close attention to what you learn from the eCourse to pass the test! 🙂

4. Lastly, you can find out more, detailed info about the eCourse on the MSF website by going to this link.


Required Riding Gear

ATGATT : All The Gear, All The Time! 😎
Along with MSF and local agency mandates, Total Rider requires all students to wear proper riding gear during training days. And besides, it’s a good habit to get into! 🏍

All students must bring the following to riding practice:

  1. Helmet DOT-approved only (we do have a few loaner helmets, but fit and availability are not guaranteed)

  2. Eye protection (eyeglasses, sunglasses, face shield or goggles)

  3. Boots or sturdy over-the-ankle footwear.  Ankles MUST be covered. Canvas/cloth shoes, or boots with elastic sides (“Chelsea boots”) are not permitted. Also, leather-sole or safety-toe boots are not recommended, as they may hinder proper motorcycle foot controls.

  4. Gloves full-fingered only (leather preferred)

  5. Long Sleeve Shirt or Jacket

  6. Long Pants (denim or material of equivalent or better durability) Sorry but… flared, yoga, Jeggings and/or pants with obvious holes are not permitted.

Given that we train in an open, sun-drenched parking lot, and you’re sitting on a running, heat-belching motorcycle while wearing long pants, long sleeve shirt, boots, gloves, helmet… well, you get the picture! Here are a few advisable things you can do to make riding days more pleasant:

  • Hydrate the night before 💧💧💧
  • Avoid too much caffeine, energy drinks, coffee, tea… and of course, alcohol!
  • Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing
  • Bring more water than you need i.e. ice chest full of water, and some snacks for break times. Remember, by the time you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! 😓
  • Lastly, consider a cool wrap… and don’t forget your sunblock!

Remember to bring your rain gear, as we ride rain or shine… and sometimes even snow! 🌨

 PLEASE NOTE : If you fail to bring all required gear to riding practice, you’ll forfeit your course fee and have to pay for another class… which is a total bummer! 😥

You can print this Riding Day Checklist to help you remember what to bring!

Does TR provide helmets for riding class?

Yes, we do have loaner helmets students may use… however, we only have a limited number of sizes, and can’t guarantee our helmets will offer a proper fit. We strongly recommend bringing your own helmet. Inexpensive, 3/4 or full-face style helmets can be purchased at local motorcycle shops. TR doesn’t recommend half helmets, tho. 🙂

What if I get “counseled out” of a course?

Students unable to keep pace with the class or who pose a hazard to themselves or others may be dismissed from the class by the coach.

There will be no refunds, pro-rated or in full, should a student be dismissed by the coach.

Please understand that these courses have group learning format that limits the ability of the instructors to provide individual instructions to students. These courses are mentally and physically demanding, and weather conditions can increase the stress on students.    

What about weather?

Classes go on rain or shine, hot or cold! (unless Total Rider cancels class due to severe weather). Dress appropriately, wind and rain can make temperatures seem much colder. On hot days black clothes absorb sunlight so avoid those if possible. Read your confirmation email as it contains important information on what to wear.

Our instructors will delay or cancel a riding class if necessary. Typically we never cancel the classroom portion of your training. However, the coach must delay the class in the event of lightning or other severe temporary conditions until it is safe to begin again. If you leave the riding area and the class was not canceled by the coach you forfeit your tuition fee and must begin the class from the beginning.

Also, review our refund and cancellation policy on our Terms and Conditions page.

What if the training motorcycle doesn’t fit me?

Occasionally a student will come to class who doesn’t feel comfortable on our training bikes because of height or fitment issues (e.g. their legs are too short, or too long, or their hands get tired because they’re too small, or they are using different muscles). Very rarely are our training motorcycles too tall or too small for the student. We use 125cc and 250cc motorcycles.

The shortest student we have trained was 4’6″ and weighed approximately 88 pounds.  The tallest was approximately 7’4″ and weighed 450 lbs.  Both of these students completed the course successfully on our training bikes. We use motorcycles with the lowest seat heights available and the lightest weights available.

If you are concerned about sitting comfortably on one of our training bikes please visit any of our dealer partners to sit on a comparable motorcycle before enrolling in our class, or contact us.  We can try and arrange an onsite visit during a class so you can sit on a motorcycle.