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School’s out, but motorcycle training is in

July 12, 2018

A rider at a training course
Whether you’re a beginning rider or have tons of experience on your bike, there’s a motorcycle training course for you, and now’s the perfect time to sign up.


We’ve certainly had our share of hot, humid Minnesota days so far this summer. And if you’re a motorcycle rider, you probably find them a lot easier to bear on the back of your bike. The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) understands. There’s nothing like catching a summer breeze on an open stretch of road on your bike.

And whether this is your first year as a motorcyclist, or whether you’re an old hand at riding, there’s a motorcycle training course for you. You don’t have to be a beginner to benefit from a motorcycle training course at one of the 27 locations throughout Minnesota. There are intermediate, advanced and expert courses available too. If you need an extra challenge or ride with a passenger on a regular basis, you can take the intermediate, advanced or expert courses with a passenger – and the passenger participates for free.

As you gain experience, you can challenge yourself to take a training course every year or two to keep your riding skills sharp — after all, training can make a huge difference in avoiding crashes. You can find details about all of the training courses on the MMSC’s website, including eligibility requirements for each level. And for a quick reference guide to all the motorcycle training courses, check out the 2018 Rider Training Course Brochure. You can even watch videos of some of the maneuvers you’ll learn in the advanced and expert rider courses, such as the 40-mph brake and escape and the iron cross.

Just in case you think you might be the only one considering taking a motorcycle training course, it might interest you to know that 3,103 Minnesotans participated in training in April through June of this year alone. And there are over two months to go in this year’s training season! Most training sites offer courses through September.

So check it out and register online for the motorcycle training course of your choice. It’ll make your riding season more fun, and – more importantly – a lot safer. Happy summer and happy riding!