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In an effort to further improve and refine its rider training programs, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation will release the complete peer-reviewed paper titled, “The Standards Concept for a Rider Education and Training System,” authored by Dr. Jim Heideman, MSF’s director of licensing programs, on Aug. 24, 2012. Dr. Heideman previewed this paper via an executive summary and follow-up discussion at the Second Annual MSF International Rider Education Training System Conference, held at Eastern Kentucky University this past May.

“The MSF’s mission is to create a comprehensive and relevant rider education and training system,” said MSF Vice President Robert Gladden. “We constantly strive to support riders in their pursuit of motorcycling excellence and to create a safer riding environment. While there are countless examples of MSF’s thought and action leadership, Dr. Heideman’s paper on standards answers key questions about standards related to rider education and training. We stand behind Dr. Heideman’s published works and are proud to support his continuing research.”

En route to preparing the standards for publication, Dr. Heideman assembled a team of education and training experts, and called upon their vast personal knowledge as well as their academic and professional training, to develop a document that’s more definitive than anything to date related to motorcyclist rider training in the public domain.

As a result, Dr. Heideman’s work describes the process used in the development of the MSF Rider Education and Training System Standards and details the internal and external information sources used to establish the breadth and depth of acceptable performance.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® promotes safety through rider training and education, operator licensing tests and public information programs. The MSF works with the federal government, state agencies, the military and others to offer training for all skill levels so riders can enjoy a lifetime of safe, responsible motorcycling. Standards established by the MSF® have been recognized worldwide since 1973.

The MSF is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by BMW, BRP, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha. For safety information or to enroll in the RiderCourseSM nearest you, visit or call (800) 446-9227.


One year after lead-law defeat: kids celebrate motocross victories

by JeffAugust 12, 2012 Uncategorized

Courtesy of the AMA PICKERINGTON, Ohio — As many as 10 national motocross champions were able to take home the prestigious AMA national No. 1 plate this month thanks to the defeat one year ago of the “lead law” that banned the sale of kid’s dirtbikes, the American Motorcyclist Association reports. The 10 young riders [...]

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Much of California’s Johnson Valley riding area to be off-limits

by JeffAugust 9, 2012 Uncategorized

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The Department of the Navy has released a final environmental impact statement for the expansion of a Marine base in California that calls for closing a large portion of the popular Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Riding Area, the American Motorcyclist Association reports. The preferred alternative spelled out in the final environmental impact [...]

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Study Shows Outdoor Recreation to be $646 Billion Industry

by JeffJune 14, 2012 Uncategorized

IRVINE, Calif., June 14, 2012 – The Motorcycle Industry Council, along with the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, collaborated with the Western Governors’ Association and other outdoor industry groups to fund a report on the combined economic impact of motorized and non-motorized outdoor recreation. The findings of this first-of-a kind [...]

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Yamaha R1 vs. Porsche 911 on ice video

by JeffMarch 13, 2012 Uncategorized

This apparently frivolous matchup was actually a promo put out to garner attention for the pending newsstand arrival of the latest issue of French motorcycle magazine, Moto Journal. The race was put on in Lapland at the Laponie Ice Racing school. This educational experience includes lapping complete replicas of tracks – including Silverstone and Paul [...]

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MSF Honors Southern California Dealership

by JeffMarch 13, 2012 Uncategorized

IRVINE, Calif., March 12, 2012 – The Motorcycle Safety Foundation presented its esteemed Leadership Award to Southern California-based Mission Motorsports earlier this month, recognizing the 55,000 square foot, two-story, multi-brand dealership for its ongoing spirit of teamwork and readiness to help the MSF with a variety of photo and video projects over the last several [...]

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Competition Accessories® Celebrates 50th Anniversary!

by JeffSeptember 21, 2011 Uncategorized

Editor’s note – We have long been fans of Competition Accessories. They are a mail order motorcycle superstore, but not just in it for the money. True their prices are typically the lowest, but they have been in it for the long haul, and consistently give back to the (small) world of motorcycling. Fifty years [...]

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Shoei Funds Critical Braking Portion of MSF 100 Motorcyclists Naturalistic Study

by JeffSeptember 12, 2011 Uncategorized

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 12, 2011 – It was with the generous support of Shoei Safety Helmet Corp. that the Motorcycle Safety Foundation® was able to include braking instrumentation in its unprecedented, one-year-long MSF 100 Motorcyclists Naturalistic Study. Designed to provide comprehensive, real-time, routine-riding, near-crash, pre-crash and actual-crash data that is currently unavailable, the study was [...]

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Congress to hold hearing on bills related to National Monuments

by JeffSeptember 11, 2011 Uncategorized

On September 13, 2011, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, chaired by Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT), will hold a hearing on several bills, including H.R. 302, H.R. 758, H.R. 817, H.R. 845, H.R. 846 and H.R. 2147, related to National Monuments. These bills would allow greater transparency and more input from states [...]

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Manufacturers, dealers happy with new kids’ off-highway vehicle law

by JeffAugust 20, 2011 Uncategorized

PICKERINGTON, Ohio – For off-highway vehicle (OHV) manufacturers, dealers and others already suffering because of the nation’s flagging economy, a new law that repeals a de facto ban on the sale of kids’ OHVs is welcomed news, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports. These business owners and managers say the new law will help them [...]

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Win a Free Shoei Qwest Helmet

by JeffAugust 18, 2011 Uncategorized

Competition Accessories is doing a “Like Us on FaceBook” sweepstakes and giving away a Shoei Qwest Helmet of the winner’s choice. This is a terrific helmet I have reviewed, and is similar to the Shoei RF1100.   Second and third place winners get $50 gift cards. The contest runs from now till end of September. [...]

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