Sixteenth Edition of the Motorcycle Operator Manual Now Available

2011 Edition Contains Updated Street Strategies, Group Riding Techniques, Color Illustrations and More
The Sixteenth Edition of the MSF Motorcycle Operator Manual (MOM) is now available to riders through their local DMV offices and on MSF’s website.

The MSF distributed the Sixteenth Edition nationwide in January. The Sixteenth Edition contains new and updated information on effective street strategies using SEE, safe group riding and best practices for carrying passengers and cargo. The updated MOM also incorporates information from the Basic RiderCourse handbook and "Motorcycling Excellence," to provide greater consistency among MSF publications.

In addition, the new version contains illustrations that show the path of travel for Rider Skill Test (RST) exercises that states can use to supplement the printed MOM. Finally, the DVD contains updated versions of the five Motorcycle Operator License Exams (MOLE) and an accompanying question bank.

To view a copy of the Sixteenth Edition of the Motorcycle Operators Manual, please click here.

Pilot and Field Testing New Courses

New Courses and Exercises Tested at MacDill Air Force Base
2010 ended on a high note for Training Systems and its curriculum development efforts. MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. was the scene of extensive MSF activity for a solid week as the riding exercises of four new MSF courses were conducted. The new courses included: the Basic Bike-Bonding RiderCourse (BBBRC), the Ultimate Bike-Bonding RiderCourse (UBBRC), the Advanced RiderCourse: Large–Skills Practice (ARCL), and the Kevin Schwantz School one-day course (KSS). The latter two are being developed for military training, and may eventually be offered for the public.

Tremendous thanks goes to Mike Russell, who coordinated the event. Mike is a RiderCoach and Motorcycle Program Coordinator for U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill. Ably assisting was local RiderCoach Nick Jordan, whose tireless energy was needed for the cold and windy conditions during the first few days of practice. Several of the local RiderCoaches who teach in the MacDill program assisted by riding as students in many of the exercises and provided feedback for validation and improvement.

The Basic Bike-Bonding RiderCourse is patterned after exercises from other RETS courses, particularly the BRC, and includes several paths of travel modeled after police training exercises. As much as possible, new exercise paths of travel use existing BRC cone positions. The BBBRC is designed to help new riders on training motorcycles and has 11 total exercises.

The Ultimate Bike-Bonding RiderCourse also uses several exercises from police motorcycle training programs and shares some exercises with the BBBRC, only with larger dimensions and larger cones. It is designed as a skill development and enhancement course for riders on larger motorcycles, and it too has 11 total exercises.

Both bike-bonding RiderCourses are designed as partial-day courses and do not include a formal classroom segment.  The two courses are planned for release in Spring of 2011. A single Certification Course is being developed so RiderCoaches can be certified in both courses simultaneously. At the present time, only full-size ranges will be given recognition to conduct the courses. RiderCoaches and sponsors who wish to become involved in bike-bonding courses should contact MSF Training Systems.

While the bike-bonding courses were conducted, two additions to the military curriculum were also being developed.

The ARCL program uses exercises directly from the Military SportBike RiderCourse, which are identical to the publicly available Advanced RiderCourse.  The dimensions for each exercise are essentially doubled to allow higher speeds than in a standard range setup. Riders who rode the exercises gave high marks for the experience and benefit. RiderCoach Trainer Glenn Picklesimer and RiderCoach Nick Jordan conducted the course.

The KSS at MacDill was a one-day, track-based version of the standard KSS course offered at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta, Ga. Using an 800x500 foot area, three KSS instructors who are also MSF-certified RiderCoaches led the course: Lee Acree, Brad Coleman and Harry Vanderlinden. Kevin Schwantz provided coaching and motivation during the course while riding with 22 other riders. The KSS will meet the needs of military riders who desire a track-based program that includes inherent connections for safe street operation, particularly for visual awareness and cornering.
Keep an eye out for more updates on the new additions to the public and military curricula.