Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers FREE iTunes U courses
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has launched four new iTunes U courses: “An Adventure in Motorcycle Physics,” “Dr. Ray’s Street Strategies,” “Dr. Ray’s Guide to Group Riding” and “Dr. Ray’s Seasoned Rider.” These four courses address a wide variety of motorcycle tips and strategies to help motorcyclists sharpen their skills, make wise choices on the road and become riders of good riding character. All four courses are free and are available now on Apple’s iTunes U.
“An Adventure in Motorcycle Physics” provides explanations of the dynamics of motorcycle handling, braking, tire grip and traction distribution, while “Dr. Ray’s Street Strategies,” adapted from advice MSF provides to readers of American Motorcyclist magazine, incorporates practical lessons covering various aspects of motorcycle ownership, from riding techniques to handling hazardous traffic situations and more. “Dr. Ray’s Guide to Group Riding” focuses on the strategies and added responsibility of riding with others, while “Dr. Ray’s Seasoned Rider” course is designed to help motorcyclists remain safe on the road through all phases of their lives.
“MSF is excited to take yet another next step in providing online motorcyclist safety education with these courses,” said MSF Vice President Robert Gladden. “These newest offerings by MSF represent our continuing commitment to educating motorcyclists and other roadway users in a variety of ways and through multiple channels.”
Formatted for the iPhone and iPad, MSF’s iTunes U courses incorporate photos, technical diagrams and video clips to illustrate the concepts and have been structured as five-week courses.
Thus far, MSF has assembled a significant digital offering, with a total of four iTunes U courses, five iTunes U collections, three iBooks and an iPhone/iPad App called “Motorcycle Riding Tips.” MSF iTunes U courses are available to users in most countries through the iTunes U portal. Complete details on all MSF Apps, iBooks and iTunes U courses can be found on the MSF website digital resources page.
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, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Polaris Motorcycles, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha. For safety information or to enroll in the RiderCourseSM nearest you, visit msf-usa.org or call (800) 446-9227.
iPhone & iPad Apps
Dr. Jim’s Riding Tips is an educational app that uses existing Motorcycle Safety Foundation® self-paced safety lessons to help current motorcycle owners improve their riding skills.
Created by Dr. James Heideman, MSF’s director of licensing programs, the app incorporates Heideman’s 10-video series, which is based on the MSF long-standing publication, “You and Your Motorcycle: Riding Tips.” It allows motorcyclists to use their own motorcycles to practice basic maneuvering and braking techniques at low speeds in a practice riding area of their choosing. Additionally, the mobile app shows the user how to properly prepare the riding area, set up the paths of travel and conduct the drills.
MSF’s goal with Dr. Jim’s Riding Tips is two-fold: to make accessing and understanding these basic motorcycling practice drills as easy as possible, and to help riders prepare for their state’s licensing test. The only prerequisite skill necessary is the basic ability to ride a motorcycle, including experience using the brakes, throttle, clutch and transmission.
An effective discussion tool to help a friend or family member have a serious conversation with a prospective motorcycle rider about a safe way forward. From risk management principles, to training, motorist awareness, personal protective gear, and even a ‘Contract for Safety’ that both parties can sign to affirm the wise choices the parties agree to. Rider Choices facilitates a meaningful discussion, one that can lead to an informed decision about whether to ride.
This book is intended to increase your awareness of motorcyclist and scooter riders on the roadway. It illustrates potentially hazardous situations through the eyes of different types of motorists and illustrates why intersections in particular can be so dangerous. The main theme is that all motorists, regardless of their driving experience or the type of vehicle they drive, need to be aware of motorcyclists sharing the road with them.
This course is designed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) to assist those interested in preparing for and facilitating a group discussion about all aspects of drivers and commercial drivers sharing the road with motorcyclists.
The MSF Intersection module is MSF’s newest approach to enhancing motorist awareness of motorcycles. The program combines personal stories and character development with a dramatic new look at a crash scene that’s all too common. The course contains three separate pathways of instruction for use in driver’s education classes for teens, traffic schools for adult drivers and employee orientations for commercial drivers. All three driver modules are also appropriate for motorcycle rider groups to increase their understanding of shared roadway use with various types of drivers. The course includes the Leader’s Guide, Participant Guide, and Quick Tips brochure.
Prepare for and facilitate your group discussion by purchasing the Intersection interactive guide and downoading related course materials to include everyting you need, all conveniently stored on your tablet.
Motorcyclists can improve their riding awareness and skills by acquiring a deeper understanding of the physics of riding. Although technical in nature, this content offers practical application in helping riders become more effective decision-makers as they control the inputs when operating their motorcycle on the street.
This course is based upon the intellectual property of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the DVD/booklet set “The Complete Motorcyclist” published by the Institut für Zwiradsicherheit e.V.
Dr. Ray’s Street Strategies consists of 40 brief, practical lessons covering various aspects of motorcycle ownership, inspection and set-up, riding techniques, typical traffic situations, special hazards, and motorcycling theory. Most of the lessons include photos or technical diagrams; some are accompanied by video clips. The 40 lessons have been separated into five categories to constitute a five-week course:
- Week 1: Preparing to Ride
- Week 2: Riding Tips
- Week 3: Safe Riding Strategies
- Week 4: Specific Hazards
- Week 5: Passengers, Group Riding, and Touring
The course concludes with a comprehensive test.
Dr. Ray’s Guide to Group Riding outlines what you need to know to put safety first whenever participating in a group ride, whether you’re riding with just a few friends or as part of an organized event. Everything from where to place your bike on the roadway to how to communicate with the rest of the group while riding takes on a greater significance, because you’re not just responsible for your own safety and enjoyment, but you also share the responsibility for ensuring that the ride is safe and fun for everyone involved.
At the end of the course, there is a quiz to help you review the critical information on safety, rules of the road and general group ride courtesies presented here.
In response to the continuing increase in the average age of motorcyclists (now 40 years of age), MSF has developed this course to help riders stay safe through all phases of their life.
All riders should understand that safe riding depends as much on the mental skills of awareness and judgment as it does on the physical skill of maneuvering the machine; in other words, respond early to possible hazards instead of having to react instantly to an emergency. Aging affects mental and physical skills, and this course shows how riders can compensate for the decline of both types of skills to extend their enjoyment of motorcycling into their twilight years.
The course concludes with a brief quiz.
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