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Motorcyclists, have you done your training this season?

July 15, 2019

A rider navigates a motorcycle training course


Motorcycle training isn’t just for newbies. The summer months are when most motorcycle fatalities occur, so what better time to polish your crash-avoidance skills? With a training course from the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC), you’ll be ready to hit the road with confidence.

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 25 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities across the state. There are intermediate, advanced and expert courses available too. Did you get a new bike this year? The intermediate course is a great way to get a feel for your new motorcycle and polish your skills at the same time.

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 options 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 2019 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 nearly 1,500 Minnesotans participated in training in April and May this year alone. And there are three months left in this year’s training season, so there’s still plenty of time to sign up. 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!