Deaths in Rider Training

Complaint made against the Motorcycle Safety Foundation regarding the reporting of deaths in its motorcyclist "safety" training courses.


In his January 2020 “Lean Angle” column, David Hilgendorf commented on a complaint that an individual filed with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)  against the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC). MCN wishes to clarify that this was a complaint filed by an individual and was not a complaint by the CPSC or any government agency against MSF or MIC, and there has been no ruling on the complaint by any government agency. MCN apologizes for any misunderstanding.

The 40-page complaint expresses concern about the reporting of deaths in the MSF Basic RiderCourse (BRC). The BRC is a beginner training course for aspiring motorcyclists that waives Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) motorcycle endorsement testing in most states. The BRC is marketed as teaching participants “how to become a safer, more responsible rider.”

The author of the complaint, James Kimsey, is an independent consultant for Iron Eagle (, among other respected industry organizations, and was formerly an MSF RiderCoach. Mr. Kimsey is not employed by Total Control Training or MCN columnist and former MCN editor Lee Parks.

The CPSC is an independent federal regulatory agency with a mission to protect the public against unreasonable risks of injury or death from consumer products through education, safety standards, regulation and enforcement. The CPSC researches potential product hazards, enforces standards, recalls products deemed unsafe and informs and educates consumers and manufacturers about product safety.

Attached are the CPSC complaint and Editor Hilgendorf’s Lean Angle column. The MSF response will be printed in the February 2020 issue of MCN. We recommend reading the related correspondence and forming your own conclusions.

CPSC complaint
MCN January 2020 Lean Angle column