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Three-Wheel Rider Courses

Training for Trikes and Sidecar Rigs 

The handling characteristics of three-wheeled motorcycles differ drastically from conventional two-wheeled motorcycles. The operating skills required to safely manage a three-wheeled motorcycle in turns, braking, steering and balance differ greatly even for the experienced two-wheeled motorcyclist.

3-Wheel Basic Rider Course (3WBRC) $150 

Course Description

This is a beginning eight-hour course that provides classroom and on-cycle training with an emphasis on developing the skills required to safely manage a three-wheeled motorcycle. Riders must provide their own sidecar rig or trike.
 
Courses are available at Detroit Lakes, Rochester and White Bear Lake.
 
 

Classroom Topics

  • Defensive driving

  • Impairment

  • Roadway management

  • Street strategies

Passengers are not allowed to participate in the 3WBRC.

3-Wheel Experienced Rider Course (3WERC) $125

Course Description

This four-hour course is designed for riders with three-wheel riding experience who want to further hone riding skills. Riders provide their own sidecar rig or trike. Riders should be familiar with motorcycle controls, straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping.

Courses are available at Detroit Lakes, Rochester and White Bear Lake.

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Advanced Riding Exercises

  • Cornering

  • Evasive maneuvers

  • Handling characteristics unique to three-wheelers

  • Maximum braking

Passengers may participate at no charge.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Riders must be proficient in basic motorcycle skills.

  • Participants ride their own trike or motorcycle with sidecar.

  • Motorcycles must be street legal, licensed, insured and comply with the equipment requirements outlined in the Minnesota Motorcycle Manual.

  • Riders must show proof of insurance to the instructor and hold a valid driver’s license with either: a motorcycle endorsement, a valid motorcycle permit or a three-wheel restriction.

  • Riders and passengers must wear protective clothing (eye protection, motorcycle jacket, heavy pants, full-fingered gloves and over-the-ankle footwear).

  • Rain gear is highly advisable.

  • Participants must be at least 16 years of age.

  • Participants under 18 must have their parents sign a waiver form prior to instruction.

These courses do not meet training requirements for the state skill test waiver or for those less than age 18. Students cannot earn a three-wheel restriction or endorsement through this course.