Safety

Ride Wise - Get Trained

Enjoy the Ride:  Importance of  Safety Training

For every rider, both new and experienced, the best way to enjoy the ride is to get trained. Training helps you ride safe, ride further and stay alive.

Of the 94 motorcycle operators killed in Colorado in 2014, 24% did not have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver's license or had no license at all. This statistic indicates these riders had little or no professional training or had a lack of recent training.

There is nothing like seeing Colorado and the world from behind the handlebars of your own motorcycle, but you need to know safe motorcycle operation skills and behaviors. Whether you've been riding for years or just getting started, take a training class to learn new riding skills that will help keep you safe and ensure you get the most enjoyment out of the open road. Even after several years of riding, without proper training, many do not have the knowledge and skills necessary to avoid a crash.

By taking a MOST training class you’ll not only have an opportunity to increase your riding skill set and earn your motorcycle endorsement, you’ll meet a community of like-minded riders who share your love of the open road. 

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Getting the Most from MOST

Even if you already have an endorsement, consider taking a training class to build your riding skills--no matter your age or how long you've been riding.

Why MOST?

  • MOST makes it easy to get endorsed.
  • MOST trains you to ride safely through just about anything you'll encounter on Colorado roadways.
  • MOST ensures high-quality motorcycle training.
  • MOST completion qualifies you for valuable discounts at local retailers and insurance companies.
  • MOST is available to Colorado residents and active-duty military personnel.

To find a MOST-certified training provider in your area, click here.   For specific questions about the MOST program, contact Lynn Holly, CDOT, 303-757-9383 or [email protected]

Colorado Endorsement Process

Since 1973, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has set internationally recognized standards of excellence in motorcycle rider education and training. CDOT administers an MSF-approved program called MOST: Motorcycle Operator Safety Training.

Your best option for getting a motorcycle endorsement is through MOST. Riders who pass a MOST class can simply take their completion card to a state driver's license office to get an endorsement with no further testing needed.

To be a legal motorcycle rider in Colorado, you must have the proper endorsement on your driver's license.

The general motorcycle endorsement "M" qualifies you to ride a 2- or 3-wheel motorcycle. Scooters and other low-power vehicles under 50cc or that have a speed capacity less than 40 mph do not qualify as motorcycles in Colorado, however, you must have at least a basic driver's license to operate them.

Another way to get a motorcycle endorsement is to pass a written exam and riding test at your local licensing office.  To download a copy of Colorado's Motorcycle Operator's Handbook, click here.

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Rider Stories

Eric Hines:
"I knew how to ride a motorcycle but taking a MOST class made it easy to brush up on my skills, learn some new ones and be able to get my motorcycle endorsement at the DMV without any hassle." 

Christine Carter:
“Despite growing up riding dirt bikes, I went into the MOST class unaware, unsteady and even unsure I could handle riding a motorcycle on the roads. The Basic Rider Course not only taught me the skills I needed to feel comfortable, even confident, on a motorcycle, but the knowledge base of proper gear, the rules of the road and different riding scenarios.”

MOST Contact

If you have specific questions about the MOST program, contact 303-757-9383.

If you have questions or concerns about general motorcycle rider issues, including comments on road engineering or maintenance concerns, click here.

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