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How to pass the time until motorcycle season

Jan. 9, 2020

A motorcycle rider going through a training course as a rider coach watches


Do you miss riding your motorcycle? Do you find yourself counting the days until the weather warms up and the roads dry off? Maybe you’re already planning this summer’s road trip or deciding which charity rides to do. While you’re at it, you can start planning for training, because Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) rider training courses are open for registration at most sites statewide.

“But I’ve been riding for years,” you might say. “Why should I take a training course now?” Taking a training course every year or two helps you keep your skills sharp and even learn new ones. The MMSC rider coaches can give you new perspectives and ideas for riding safely. And you’ll meet other riders in your area who are just as passionate about motorcycles as you are.

MMSC rider training courses are offered at 22 colleges and universities around Minnesota, so it’s likely that you’ll find a location near you. You can look at this map of training locations and click on the one that works best for you. That will allow you to see course schedules and register online.

There’s a course available for whatever skill level you are: new, intermediate, advanced or expert. Not sure which is the best fit? You can review course descriptions online, then watch course drills to see what sorts of things you’d learn and practice in class.

The MMSC rider coaches are certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation – that’s a national non-profit that develops research-based rider training – and they’re dedicated to building and improving your riding skills. And considering that the MMSC has served Minnesota riders for more than 35 years with affordable, high-quality professional training and education, you can rest easy knowing you’re in good hands as a motorcyclist.

Yes, the weather may be cold and dreary, and the pavement won’t see a motorcycle wheel for months, but you can make good use of the time by selecting and signing up for a motorcycle training course. Once you complete it, you’ll be ready for a fun, safe summer on the open road.