Information on Rider Training - Motorcycle, ATV, and Dirt-Bike
This page is currently being built. Please check back shortly!
Motorcycle Training Course
Woods Cycle Country recommends riders of all ages take an MSF approved course. The Basic Motorcycle Safety course includes the use of a motorcycle, helmet, and gloves, and graduates are fast tracked by the Drivers License division (only a written test is required - the riding test is waived). An MSF diploma also earns most graduates a discount on motorcycle insurance.
About the MSF
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® is the internationally recognized developer of the comprehensive, research-based, Rider Education and Training System (MSF RETS). RETS curricula promotes lifelong-learning for motorcyclists and continuous professional development for certified RiderCoaches and other trainers. MSF also actively participates in government relations, safety research, public awareness campaigns and the provision of technical assistance to state training and licensing programs.
Woods Cycle Country currently supports the MSF course offered in San Marcos at Texas State University. Classes are currently offered two to four times a month (typically a Friday/Saturday/Sunday) and the cost is $171.00 per person. Classes can be paid for with Visa / MasterCard / American Express / Discover, and each class must contain a minimum of five students. For more information or to sign up for a class check out their website. More information is also available by calling (512) 245-2137.
The following items are required in order to obtain your motorcycle license:
- Proof of identity
- Proof of a social security number
- Proof of vehicle registration and current insurance (if you own a vehicle)
- Proof of completion of the Basic Motorcycle Operator Training Course (effective 9/1/2009 with the passage of SB1967)
- Completion of the required TX DPS forms and payment of the required fees
- Pass the written drivers test and vision exam
Sign up forms for courses at Texas State University
- Basic Rider Course - Registration Form
- Experience Rider Course - Registration Form
- Current course dates - Flyer
ATV Training Course
Anyone who purchased a new ATV after December 30, 1986, and everyone in the purchaser´s immediate family or household who is within the recommended age group for the ATV purchased, is entitled to take a free training/certification course.* Certain manufacturers also offer a cash or gift incentive to the purchaser for taking the training. The course is offered to anyone that is 6 years of age or older - for a reasonable fee. *Please note that this certification is required by law if one intends to operate an ATV on any type of public land - such as crossing public roads, or riding in national forests, BLM land, etc
Classes will begin at the Woods Cycle Country training center on September 12th, 2009. If you are interested in taking the class, then call 1-800-887-2887 or sign up at www.ATVSafety.org. Also, if you have a group of 4 or more people then our instructors may be able to schedule a personal class. Call Rhonda for more information.
Woods Cycle Country supports two local instructors, and their contact information is listed below. Feel free to contact either of them if you have any questions about the local course.
In order to operate your ATV on public lands in Texas and other states, you are required to have an OHV decal - click here for more details
Ask an authorized dealer for details or call (800) 887-2887 for training information. More information is also available on the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) website.
The DirtBike School
DirtBike School is a fun, one-day, hands-on training session available to anyone six years old or above. At approved training sites, MSF certified DBS Coaches will teach you basic riding skills and responsible riding practices, including risk management and environmental awareness.
The Closed Range Exercise provides hands-on riding training with an emphasis on safety and skill development. For more advanced learning, the Introduction to Trail Riding is the next level DirtBike School course designed to familiarize riders with riding off-road on actual trails.
Closed Ranged Exercises (CRE)
The Closed Range Exercises (CRE) course was created by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) to provide hands-on rider training with an emphasis on safety and skill development. New riders, or others who want to improve their riding skills, will benefit from the CRE course taught by certified MSF DirtBike School Coaches. During the school, students learn basic techniques for safely riding off-highway motorcycles. Lessons are presented at controlled off-highway riding sites specifically selected for the course.
Our local instructor is listed below. Feel free to contact him if you have any questions about the local course.
- Brad Collins (512) 755-3001
The Motorcycle School
Woods Cycle Country has teamed up with RideSmart, a motorcycle rider's school, which provides instructional assistance for wide variety of skill levels. Their school is intended for those who already possess fundamentals of motorcycle riding and have acquired approximately 5000 street riding miles.
RideSmart teaches you skills that will put you in control of your bike, on the streets, or at the race track. You will gain confidence, as well as proficiency and control of your bike. You'll also learn how to make instant decisions at high speeds, so if you are faced with an emergency, you'll know what to do.
RideSmart teaches at the race track because the environment has been proven the safest place to acquire skills to help you deal with any motorcycle riding emergency. They have multiple levels of training, so you can choose your own pace. Their goal is to educate you so you are prepared for the open road so riders have the skill and knowledge to make safe and informed choices.
Click here for more information about RideSmart Motorcycle School.