October 21, 2023
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Venue Phone: 1-800-RIDE-SAFE
Venue Website: https://motorcyclesafetyacademy.comAddress:
Community College of Allegheny County
8701 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Meet in the overflow parking lot (parking lot “B”) which is the lot across the street from the SSB Bank.
Course Dates and Times:October 21: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM Range
Course Details:The pre-requisites for this course include the ability to:
– Use the clutch and throttle to get the motorcycle in motion;
– Stop the motorcycle properly in a designated area;
– Execute gradual and tight turns;
– Up and downshift smoothly; and
– Achieve a speed of at least 25 mph.
Students will be required to complete the online MSF eCourse which includes topics on selecting proper riding gear, preparing to ride, motorcycle controls, pre-ride inspection, defensive riding strategies, positioning, and how to handle a variety of riding situations.
During the training the student will discuss various topics including situational awareness, risk reduction, traffic “traps”, driving tendencies, perception, mental processing, visual acuity and reaction time. During the course a student will learn the “SEE” principle which will be helpful when identifying traffic controls / roadway features, highway users, surface conditions and escape paths.
During the in-person riding riding the student will focus on more advanced riding techniques including cornering, swerving and emergency braking, swerving and stopping quickly, and cornering judgment. Throughout the course the instructors will evaluate and coach each rider’s performance.
During the initial riding activities, each rider’s ability to operate a motorcycle will be evaluated by the instructors. Riders who cannot demonstrate minimum riding proficiency will not be allowed to continue and will need to consider enrolling in the Basic Rider Course. Riders who are not allowed to continue will not be eligible for a refund and may have to pay an additional fee to be enrolled in a Basic Rider Course.
There is a knowledge test with the online classroom course and a riding skills test at the end of the range sessions. (MD requires a separate in-person knowledge test).
Motorcycles are available for use and are included in the course fee. Riders can elect to use a program training motorcycle, or they may use their personal motorcycle if it is street legal and they transport it to the training site legally. Personal motorcycles must be in good operating condition and pass a routine pre-ride check given as a part of the course.
Riders must have the appropriate riding gear, which includes a DOT certified helmet (PA requires helmet to be open-face / three-quarter or full-face helmet), eye protection, long sleeve shirt or jacket, full-fingered gloves, long pants (no ripped jeans, sweat pants or other soft material) and sturdy over-the-ankle footwear.
There is no guarantee that an individual enrolling in this course will pass, or get their license.