The Spanish-speaking community is increasingly becoming a part of the American motorcycling landscape; and according to the MSF, Hispanic riders already account for 7% of American motorcyclists…that’s almost as big of a piece of the pie as female riders (12% at last count).
To keep up with that trend, and to increase the adoption of safe motorcycle riding in America, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has released its recently updated Basic RiderCourse handbook, as well as three “Quick-Tip” sheets, in Spanish.
These new materials compliments the already existing all-Spanish 15-hour hands-on Basic RiderCourse that the MSF teaches hundreds of times each year across the United States, with fluent Spanish-speaking MSF RiderCoaches.
Like its English-language counterpart, the Spanish course consists of five hours of classroom instruction and ten hours of practical riding exercises.
Successful completion of the course serves as a license test waiver in some states. Also, a course completion card may earn graduates an insurance discount. A preview copy of the Rider Handbook in Spanish is available here.
The MSF’s “Quick Tips” sheets are single-focus safety information pieces, which are available for anyone to download, print, and distribute.
The “Pretend You Are Invisible” sheet addresses the fact that car drivers sometimes don’t notice motorcyclists in their path, especially in intersections. The “Group Riding” sheet provides helpful tips for those who enjoy sharing the adventure of motorcycling with other riders. The “T-CLOCS Checklist” sheet is a convenient one-page form that guides the motorcyclist through a pre-ride inspection that can help the rider assess the roadworthiness of his or her motorcycle.
For the first time ever, these three Quick Tips sheets are now available in Spanish, as well as English.
For those who don’t know, 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 RiderCourse nearest you, visit msf-usa.org or call (800) 446-9227.