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Old 08-27-2019, 01:02 PM   #1
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Differences between the MSF basic course and Total Control's Beginner Riding Clinic

Since we offer both the MSF and Total Control curricula, we are constantly questioned about the differences, and why we offer both.


1. TC doesn't require any online pre-course work. Instead, the basics of riding are taught in a traditional classroom environment by an instructor, allowing folks to ask questions and get explanations.
2. TC classroom includes in-depth information on the risks of riding, and goes into great depth on cornering and braking.
3. TC riding exercises each work on one thing, and are centered more around cornering, braking, and swerving, skills needed every day on the street. Not tight u-turns and offset weaves.
4. TC students ride more than in other courses, on average 50% more.
5. The final riding test for TC centers around cornering, braking and swerving, just like the real world.

Why offer both?

Easy, different folks, different strokes. One size doesn't fit all, which is why the state of TX allows multiple curricula for motorcycle training.
If you learn better on your own, an ecourse may be perfect for you. If you already have some idea how to use a clutch and manual shifter and want to shake the rust off or hone your skills, the MSF class does a great job. If you're a total newbie, the additional riding time of the TC class is a big advantage, and a traditional classroom time helps you with the basic concepts.

Both classes offer a great learning experience, and successful completion of either will qualify you for your M endorsement. So, it's up to you! Pick your class, and remember to apply your MH member discount when you sign up at Or, call us at 281-897-7121 or 281-889-1464. Let's ride!
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Old 08-28-2019, 09:34 PM   #2
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2015 KTM Super Adventure
2006/2007 SV650S (My track toys)
2018 Grom (the little track toy)
2006 VFR800a (sold - covered a lot of miles)
04 Honda 599 (sold)

Which would you pick for an 18-year old who has been racing in TMGP (mini bikes) and CMRA (full size motorcycles) for several years?

I've ridden since '06 and agree that the MSF course teaches some skills that while useful really don't prepare for the hazards for riding faster than a parking lot pace. BUT because of MSF I can turn both my Grom and Super Adventure around in a 2-lane dead end road without putting a foot down and that's useful too! lol
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Old 09-06-2019, 03:55 PM   #3
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I'd recommend the Total Control class.
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