Fequently Asked Questions
Q- Do you provide a motorcycle, or do I use by own bike in the course?
A - Since ProRider classes are designed to help you handle your bike with greater ease and confidence, the classes are conducted on your own bike, allowing you to truly learn it's dynamics, handling, capabilities and limitations.
Q - What protective personal riding gear do I need to bring with me to this class?
A - All riders must bring with them and wear proper protective riding gear which includes, a DOT-approved helmet, eye protection, full finger gloves, long sturdy pants with no holes or tears, and study footwear (boots) that is over the ankle (high top sneakers not allowed). A long sleeve or sturdy riding jacket is needed for the higher speed defensive riding skills and advanced braking exercises. Failure to have to proper personal riding gear will result in you not being able to take the course. Please read our course requirements page under the more tab.
Q - If I have been through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation or Rider's Edge Courses, do I need ProRider Courses
A - Yes you do, we are an advanced training that teaches Police Motorcycle Skills that are only taught in the 80 hour police motorcycle training. This class is the next level of training that will improve your riding ability and riding confidence and may save your life!
Q - What kind of bike can I bring to the course?
A - The best bikes for this course are ones that are close to factory stock - most any street-legal motorcycle can do these exercises, but bikes with tall handlebars (ape hangers), sport bikes with lengthened swing arms, and dual-purpose bikes (street/dirt) with off road knobby tires will have difficulty in the course. Feel free to contact your local instructor with any bike modification questions.
Q - I'm new to riding - is this course for me?
A - We recommend that you have some riding experience - at least a season under your belt - or have successfully completed an MSF rider class or equivalent school prior to attending this course. ProRider is aimed for experienced riders who have successfully completed these other classes and are looking for the "next level" of challenge and improvement. This class is beyond the level of training you from MFS type classes.
Q - I've been riding for years. Will I learn anything in this course?
A - Absolutely! Many of our instructors are seasoned police motorcycle officers who have worked many crashes involving "experienced riders." Often, these riders have the crash avoidance "head knowledge" but have never physically practiced those maneuvers and developed the appropriate "muscle memory" to successfully implement them. You will leave this class a better rider!
Q - Will I drop my bike? I do not want to damage it.
A - Far more bikes are dropped in a basic MSF class then ProRider. The only way to guarantee that you will not drop your bike is never to take it out of the garage or leave your driveway. Unfortunately, even in the most basic MSF classes people sometimes drop their bikes. However, we make every effort to help you safely perform these exercises without risk to you or your bike. Our exercises start "slow and wide" and we gradually increase the challenge as your gain confidence and skill. While we do not predict or anticipate bikes "dropping", we do provide you with the opportunity to remove your saddlebags, wrap your engine guards with rubber hose, or take other safeguarding measures. We do not anticipate any injures or any damage to any motorcycles.
Q - Will I receive a discount on my motorcycle insurance for taking this course?
A - We provide a training certificate that many insurance companies honor and many do offer a discount on your insurance rates upon successful completion of this course. You may want to contact your agent for more details and to find out if you are eligible for a discount upon completion of this course.
Q - Is this a rain or shine class?
A - YES. While we should develop skills for all types of weather, we don't like unnecessary risk. Many of the exercises, especially the crash avoidance skills, require a dry surface for maximum safety. Each ProRider Training Site will closely monitor weather forecasts prior to the class and offer rain dates if the crash avoidance portion must be postponed or cancelled.