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Spring into motorcycle season with a rider training course

April 2, 2018

Motorcycle training group at a training course


We’ll admit it: March didn’t exactly go out like a lamb. So although the riding season is off to a slow, chilly start, now is the perfect time to take a rider training course. That way you’ll be ready to make this a safe season for you and your ride when warm weather finally arrives.

The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center’s (MMSC) rider training season is already underway at some training sites and will begin at the rest of the 27 sites around the state this month. What’s great about the MMSC’s courses is that there’s one for every skill level. Whether you’ve never ridden before or are a 30-year veteran, the MMSC offers a course that will help you attain new skills and be a safer rider.

If you have a Minnesota motorcycle instruction permit and successfully complete the Basic Rider Course, you can get your state skill test for your motorcycle endorsement waived. Below are some other highlights from the MMSC’s course offerings this year. If you travel frequently with a passenger, note that you can bring a passenger for free to any of these three courses:

  • The Intermediate Rider Course, for those are already comfortable on their own motorcycle, is a great way to tune up riding skills.
  • The MN Advanced Rider Course teaches you the skills you need to avoid dangers like other drivers, deer and debris. It’s available at the Brooklyn Park, Roseau, White Bear Lake, Willmar and Virginia training sites. Follow the link to see videos of some of the drills.
  • The MN Expert Rider Course is for those who completed the Advanced Rider Course and want to move up. You can take it at the Brooklyn Park, White Bear Lake and Willmar training sites. Follow the link to see videos of some of the drills.

You can check out this map to see all the training sites. If you click on a site, you can also register for training courses at that site. So while you’re waiting for the slush to melt on the roads, ease into the riding season by taking a rider training course. And if you’re not quite ready yet, register for a course later in the season before they fill up. Then you can get out on the open road with confidence.