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Kentucky Governor's Commission on Motorcycle Education and Safety

Rider Education

Because of its small size a motorcycle seems to be moving faster than it really is. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection, assume a motorcycle is closer than it looks.

Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of wind, road debris, and passing vehicles. Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane position for a purpose, not to be reckless or show off.

Because of its small size, a motorcycle can easily be hidden by objects inside or outside of a car, such as door posts, mirrors, passengers, bushes, fences, bridges, blind spots, etc.  Take an extra moment to thoroughly check traffic, whether you’re changing lanes or turning at intersections.

Mirrors are smaller on a motorcycle and are usually convex, thus giving a motorcycle a smaller image of you and making you seem farther back than you really are. Keep at least a three or four second space cushion when following a motorcyclist.

Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes quick stopping difficult.  Allow a motorcyclist more following distance because it can’t always stop “on a dime.”

Training Programs

Basic RiderCourse is a beginning class for new riders.  Cycle and classroom experiences introduce basic motorcycle operation to students and help to develop street riding strategies.  Participants must be 16 to enroll and must have written parental consent if under 18.  Proper protective attire is required.  Motorcycles and helmets are provided for instruction.  Successful completion leads to license skill test waiver and a possible insurance discount.

Experienced RiderCourse is for the experienced rider who wants to refresh and practice street riding maneuvers.  The course hones riding skills, develops finesse, and emphasizes strategies to reduce risks.  The ability to skillfully handle various riding situations is developed throughout the course and reinforced by specially designed on-cycle maneuvers.

Sidecar and Trike Rider Education Courses

Training Locations and Costs

BRC: Beginners
ERC: Experts

Download this PDF file to see training locations across Kentucky.

Training Schedules

Download this PDF file to see the dates that classes are available throughout 2009.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation

Since March 1973, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has set internationally recognized standards of excellence in motorcycle rider education and training. Kentucky’s Motorcycle Safety Education program meets and exceeds the established national standards for motorcycle rider training courses.

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