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bike and blackboardExperienced Rider Course

Basic Rider Training is essential when starting out to ride. Trainers will freely admit that, while essential, the BRC is not sufficient training for real road conditions.

For more advanced riders, we recommend an Experienced Rider Course (ERC), available from the same locations. Riders work on essential skills in maneuvering, counter-steering and swerving to avoid problems, emergency braking and additional range-based exercises.

ERCs are generally taken on the rider's own bike, and this is also a good way to get used to a new bike in a controlled environment.

triumph tridentMost ERCs are a one-day course, taken almost entirely on the range, with a small classroom component. The MSF's ERC is basically a rerun of the last day of range exercises from the BRC, with a little additional work.

Where to find Experienced or Intermediate Rider Training

Find an experienced rider course in your state in our clickable state training map, and if it's not there, it is probably in the MSF training page. We welcome the new development by Total Control who have been offering advanced training but has recently opened an intermediate level course in Troy, NY.

Training courses are provided by state organizations in Oregon, Idaho and Illinois, and by MSF and its affiliates in most of the other states.

In our education and training pages, we use the term 'Experienced Rider' in the MSF sense, which is a course for a rider with experience of 5000 miles and maybe a year. When we say 'Experienced' we really mean an intermediate level.

Continuing Education

Do we believe that the currently available experienced rider training is sufficient training for a biker?

We'd sum it up as necessary but not sufficient. We recommend that bikers continue practicing the skills they learned in basic and experienced training, and study up on defensive riding technique.

We have additional material on ongoing practice, suggested reading and other training materials, and advanced training.