Mid Tenn Motorcycle Education Center, a private company in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Safety and the State of Tennessee Motorcycle Rider’s Education Program (MREP), administers these courses. All course curriculum adheres to strict standards of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), and is closely monitored by the State of Tennessee, Department of Safety, Motorcycle Rider Education Program (MREP)
All Rider Coaches are certified by the MSF, and most are also licensed by the State of Tennessee. These dedicated men and women are regularly observed by State and MSF inspectors to ensure they continue to perform at the high standards set by the MSF.
For the Basic RiderCourses, we provide the motorcycles, classroom materials, and have loaner DOT approved motorcycle helmets for your use.
Basic RiderCourse curriculum includes material to introduce the student to motorcycle types, risk awareness and risk acceptance, preparing to ride with proper personal protective gear and a pre-ride inspection, the various controls on motorcycles, engine starting and stopping procedures, strategies for managing risk on the street, common situations, maximum braking and swerving, special riding situations; and the need to ride unimpaired by drugs, alcohol, or other things that can reduce your ability to safely operate a motorcycle.
You must bring a long sleeve shirt or jacket, long sturdy pants, over-the-ankle footwear (boots), full fingered gloves, a DOT approved helmet if you have one (we will provide one for you if you do not have one), and approved eye protection if your helmet doesn’t come with a face shield. You must come to class with these items in order to participate.
We also recommend that if the weather forecast is predicting more than a 20% chance of rain that you bring rain gear. (We do not cancel class because of rain.) You should also bring water and snacks, and something to sit on during breaks if you wish.
Anyone under the age of 16 that desires their motorcycle license will be required to take the written rules of the road test at the DMV before a license is issued.
Upon successful completion of the course, you are given a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) completion card. Take this card to your insurance agent for the discount on your liability insurance. It is also needed for those wanting to ride on military installations.
You take the State certificate, which you generally receive after successful completion of the class, to your drivers license testing station where the knowledge and skills tests are then waived. The certificate is not a license to ride a motorcycle. We suggest that you take a photocopy of the certificate with you as well as the original. Be sure to sign the certificate before you go to the DMV. You may also be asked to take a vision test. They will keep the copy of your certificate and issue you a new driver’s license with the “M” endorsement.
Note: If your driver’s license is from another state, you need to call your state’s drivers license testing station and check with them about whether or not they will accept an out-of-state course completion certificate. Some states do, others do not.
Yes, however, we will provide one for you if you do not have a DOT approved helmet. If that is the case, we suggest that you use one of our loaners rather than going out an buying a helmet for the class.
The Basic RiderCourse is a 2 day course that runs Saturday morning from 8 AM to 5 PM on both days. It consists of 5 hours of classroom and 10 hours of range exercises riding motorcycles. Depending on the weather conditions the individual students’ abilities, these times may vary.
The Experienced RiderCourse is a 1 day course that runs on a Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM.
- You need to show before 8:00 a.m. with all the appropriate gear. We have you fill out and sign liability waivers. If you don’t have your own DOT approved helmet we will issue one to you for class.
- We then cover class introductions, sponsors, liability statements, course requirements and the class schedule.
- With you standing by the motorcycles and geared up, we go over the various motorcycle controls.
- We cover the range rules and hand signals, and then begin the riding range exercises. We take short breaks as appropriate.
- Around 11:30 A.M., but no later than 12:30 P.M., we take a 1 hour lunch break.
- For the afternoon, we finish all of the classroom material.
- At the end of the day we administer the Knowledge Test.
Class starts again on Sunday morning at 8:00 A.M.
- Students who arrive early may warm up on one of the exercises from Saturday, and those needing a little more attention can be coached before class starts.
- We do as many of the remaining exercises as we can before lunch.
- We then take a 1 hour lunch break.
- On returning from lunch, we finish any of the range exercises that we may not have completed, and take time for a skills practice.
- We then administer the Skills Evaluation.
- Finally, we briefly review the course, and graduate the class.
- Class is schedule to end at 5:00 P.M., but may vary depending on how all of the riders are doing.