Appendix A: Glossary
The Alternate Motorcycle Operator Skill Test is an off-street riding test developed by MSF that consists of five basic vehicle-control exercises and two collision-avoidance exercises.
Average cost to State to educate rider
The per-person cost of providing State-sponsored rider education is computed by dividing a State’s total enrollment (MRC:RSS, BRC, IRC, and ERC) by the State’s annual budget for motorcycle rider training and safety.
The Basic RiderCourse is a 14- to 15-hour program developed by MSF and aimed at beginning riders of all ages. It provides classroom and actual motorcycle operator training in a controlled, off-street environment. Motorcycles and helmets are usually included in the course fee.
A Chief Instructor is an individual who is certified to teach the Instructor Preparation Course. This term is specifically associated with the MRC:RSS.
Day-to-Day program administration
The agency responsible for monitoring daily operations and supervising all rider-training courses.
The Experienced RiderCourse is a 7-hour course developed by MSF and designed for experienced riders with at least 6 months or 3,000 miles of recent riding time. The primary goal is to allow experienced riders the opportunity to hone their riding skills and fine-tune the mental skills needed for survival in traffic.
This individual assessment of applicant age, experience, and operating record determines operating privileges for first-time licensees of some or all age groups during a provisional period. Additional monitoring and early intervention occur. Operating privileges increase as experience, maturity, and skills increase until full privileges are earned (6 months to 2 years).
An Instructor is an individual who has completed the MSF Instructor Preparation Course and is certified to teach the MRC:RSS.
The Instructor Preparation Course developed by MSF provides instruction on how to teach the MRC:RSS or BRC curriculum and is taught by MSF-Certified RiderCoach Trainers. The course is approximately 65 hours (course schedules vary) and is intended for licensed motorcyclists who currently ride frequently and have several years of varied riding experience. Requirements include taking and passing the following elements: a riding-skills test, a knowledge test, and a student teaching component.
The Intermediate RiderCourse is an 8-hour course of classroom and riding instruction developed by MSF and designed for riders returning to motorcycling or those with limited experience on their own motorcycles. The course reviews basic riding skills, including braking, turning, swerving, making
U-turns, and decreasing radius turns. Motorcycles may or may not be furnished, depending on the site.
The Motorcyclist In-Traffic test is an on-street riding test developed by MSF that includes the assessment of 8 to 11 riding behaviors and rider judgment in actual traffic situations.
The Motorcyclist Licensing Skill Test is an off-street riding test developed by MSF. It consists of one basic vehicle-control exercise, two collision-avoidance exercises, and the repetition of collision-avoidance exercises, allowing more opportunity to assess specific skills.
The Motorcycle RiderCourse: Riding and Street Skills was developed by MSF and aimed at beginning riders of all ages. The course provides 7 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of practical riding in a controlled, off-street environment, typically a parking lot. Motorcycles and helmets are usually included in the course fee.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that provides motorcycle rider education and training. The MSF works with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), State governments, the military, and other organizations to improve motorcyclist education, training, and operator licensing.
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Reciprocal license waiver
This waiver allows riders with a motorcycle license/endorsement in one State to transfer their license/endorsement to another State without additional testing.
A RiderCoach is an individual who has completed the MSF RiderCoach Preparation Course and is certified to teach BRC classes.
A RiderCoach Trainer is an individual who is certified to teach the MSF RiderCoach Preparation Course. This term is specifically associated with the BRC.
Rider education waiver
This waiver is given to a rider who successfully completes a rider education course and exempts the rider from having to take the skills and/or written motorcycle licensing examinations.
Rider’s Edge is a rider-training program sponsored by Harley-Davidson that offers courses using MSF curricula. Upon successful completion of a Rider’s Edge course, the student will receive an MSF RiderCourse completion card.
Section 402 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) reauthorizes the State and Community Highway Safety formula grant program to support State highway safety programs designed to reduce traffic crashes and resulting deaths, injuries, and property damage. A State may use these grant funds for highway safety purposes only.
The National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators is dedicated to serving the needs and interests of State motorcycle safety administrators and programs by advocating motorcycle safety and fostering and promoting the exchange of ideas and resources.
An entity other than a State government agency provides operator license testing.
Licensees of some or all age groups are restricted to operating on specific motorcycle sizes.
Ultimate program responsibility
The agency that administers the funding (and, if applicable, subcontractor) for the motorcycle rider education program.