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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

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Motorcyclists Should Practice Essential Defensive Riding Skills

Defensive riding skills can be vital to motorcyclists' safety out on the road. Riders can't control other drivers' actions, but taking these steps can help prevent crashes.

  • Always be able to position your bike where you want, when you want.
  • Remain constantly aware of your immediate environment.
  • Anticipate what's going to happen on the road, and prepare for the actions of other drivers.

When basic riding skills are second nature, you can concentrate on your surroundings and other important factors. Riders should take a training course every season or two to keep their basic skills sharp.

MMSC Moped Rider Course No Longer Available

​The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) is no longer offering a moped rider course. MMSC switched to new basic rider course curriculum that will not accommodate moped students.

Any person who has a valid Minnesota driver's license may operate a moped without taking the moped test. Anyone without a driver's license, regardless of age, must obtain a moped operator's permit. Additional information about moped permit requirements is online in the Motorcycle Manual.

Additional information about licensed training providers is available on the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services website.


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Video Description: Motorcycle crash survivor Geri Katte shares her story after taking a nasty spill on I-35W. Expect the unexpected by always wearing your riding gear, and prepare for the unexpected by taking a riding training course.