Resources

See the pages below to continue your motorcycle training and find out about the sport in general. See the bottom for other altruistic enterprises taking place in other sports and forms.

Beginner

The first step in learning to ride a motorcycle should be to learning to ride a bicycle. Balance is key. Experience is invaluable.

The Strider® Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated in South Dakota in 2007. The Foundation’s primary purpose is to distribute Learn-To-Ride Programs to schools and organizations commited to teaching children, those with special needs, or the elderly how to ride.

See lead trainer Brian's videos on YouTube:

The MCrider Motorcycle Training You Tube channel is chock full of videos aimed at helping you learn and keeping you safe. MCrider provides weekly videos on motorbike skills and strategies to help you become a better rider.

International

This is a non-profit organization, advocating and supporting the use of motorcycles and scooters for transportation, and providing information about everyday utility riding to the public.

The mother of all motorcycle organizations, this one was founded in 1904 and continues to represent motorcycling around the world. See racing coverage on www.fim-live.com and fim-europe.com.

National

Formed in 1903, as the Federation of American Motorcyclists (FAM), this organization still represents riders nationwide. It fights for riders rights and sanctions racing.

State

American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE)

This organization has statewide chapters aimed at promoting safety, protecting rights and helping others. See for example: ABATE of: California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and many more.

Regional

The Youth Off Road Rider's program in AMA District 16, which inspired FirstRides, offers youth an opportunity to experience dirt bike riding in a safe environment while being coached by their youth peers.

The San Francisco site has been awarded California Motorcyclist Safety Program Certificates of Merit for Overall Site Quality, Overall Student Improvement, QA Compliance.

BikeSmart has been a CMSP approved training site using the MSF curriculum since 1999. Their rider coaches are all MSF certified and last year were ranked in the top 5% in the state of California.

Also look for street- and off-road oriented motorcycle clubs in your community. They are a fantastic resource, wealth of knowledge and huge network of riding opportunities and friendships.

Environmental

The BlueRibbon Coalition is a respected national recreation group that champions responsible use of public and private lands, and encourages individual environmental stewardship.

They put their time and sweat into the trails they love as the largest on-the-ground volunteer organization in the Sequoia National Forest so trails stay open to everyone.

Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs.

Altruistic and cool

We love other sports besides motorcycling and see ways they too can help the world.

City Surf Project is a non-profit that connects underrepresented youth to the ocean and themselves through surfing.

Waves for Change aims to turn previously disused township beaches in Africa into hubs for surf skills training and social justice.

Surfercross is an event that former motocross racer and current Joe Gibbs Racing MX team manager Jeremy Albrecht started in 1998 to bring surfers and motocross riders together for a couple of days of fun.

The annual event in southern California pairs the world's best motocross stars and surfers for one day of moto followed by one day of surfing with fundraisers held during the event.

CTN started as a program of CompuMentor (now TechSoup Global) in August 2001 at a regional community technology meeting of the America Connects Consortium. CTN thrives as a regional collaboration of informed technology and empowerment professionals that work within their communities to share skills with their neighbors.

Playing for Change encourages peace through the exchange of music globally. The organization uses a mobile recording studio to capture and spread the sounds created by professional and amateur musicians around the world.