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Office of Traffic Safety

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Three-Wheel Rider Course

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 Rider Course $125 

Course Description

Newer and experienced 3-wheel operators can all benefit from this 4-hour course. This course is offered at the White Bear Lake training site. Riders use their own sidecar rig or trike and should be familiar with motorcycle controls, shifting and stopping.

The 3-Wheel Rider Course is offered at the White Bear Lake training site. View course schedule and register.

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, because courses run rain or shine.

  • 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.