Required Safety Gear and Motorcycles
Clothing required for MSF Classes
(Basic Rider, Alternate Basic Rider, and Experienced Rider, mandated by MVA)
Required clothing and gear:
- A motorcycle helmet that meets DOT standards and is either ¾ or full faced. Off road helmets are OK. Snell certified helmets less than five years old are preferred. No half helmets are permitted by The Rider School.
- sturdy, over-the-ankle boots
- long pants and long-sleeved shirt or jacket (For the Total Control class, riding pants or Kevlar jeans)
- sturdy, full-fingered gloves, preferably leather
- eye protection such as safety glasses, helmet face shield, or sunglasses
Gear Available for Loan (Basic and Alternate Basic Rider courses only):
- DOT complaint ¾ helmet
- eye-protection safety glasses
- For the Basic and Basic Alternate Rider courses, you will ride one of our fleet of Suzuki GZ250s. The motorcycles are professionally maintained by a school-trained mechanic and can be ridden by almost anyone of any size.
- For the Experienced Rider course, you must provide your own motorcycle that is properly registered, insured, and safe according to our standards. Scooters, trikes, and sidecar rigs are not allowed. If you're not sure whether your cycle will meet our standards, call 443-518-4186, and we will be happy to give you more detailed information.
- For The Total Control Advanced Rider Course™, you must provide your own street-legal motorcycle that is properly registered and insured. Any standard, naked, cruiser, dual sport, sport, sport-touring, or touring bike of any size is okay. You must bring proof of insurance and registration to class.
Required Safety Gear for Total Control Classes:
- A motorcycle helmet that meets DOT standards and is either ¾ or full faced. Off road helmets are OK. Snell certified helmets less than five years old are preferred. No half helmets are permitted by The Rider School. Loaner helmets are available.
- Eye protection in the form of a face shield, safety glasses or plastic-lense sunglasses. Loaner safety glasses are available.
- Full fingered gloves, preferably motorcycle specific gloves. Loaner gloves are available.
- Boots that cover and protect the ankle. Hiking boots are OK. Steel toe boots are OK but make it harder to shift.
- For Total Control Intermediate Licensing Courses, a sturdy jacket and pants.
- For Total Control Advanced Rider Courses, a motorcycle-specific jacket (mesh is OK) and motorcycle-specific pants (kevlar jeans or chaps are also OK.)