Enjoy the Ride: Importance of 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 72 motorcycle operators killed in Colorado in 2010, 29% 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. So 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.
To find a MOST-certified training provider in your area, click here.
Colorado Endorsement Process
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.
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.
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.
MOST: Rider Tested, State Approved
Fees that riders pay for motorcycle endorsements on driver's licenses and motorcycle registrations in Colorado fund the MOST program. All certified MOST training providers receive financial assistance to subsidize class fees to keep the cost of training more affordable.
Supported by proven research, MOST offers an approved motorcycle curriculum that follows standards for proper training facilities and qualified trainers. When you take a MOST class, you know you're getting the highest quality training available.
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.
- 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, low-cost motorcycle training.
- MOST offers a variety of courses from Basic (classroom and on-cycle training) to Advanced (riding techniques and defensive strategies).
- MOST completion qualifies you for valuable discounts at local retailers and insurance companies.
- MOST is available to Colorado residents and active-duty military personnel.
- Rider Stories
"The skills I learned in a motorcycle safety class were both priceless and lifesaving. I attended an experienced riders course conducted by a MOST certified training organization. It was a great refresher and reinforced some critical riding skills."
Officer Kim Steen, Littleton PD:
"I realized that I had to undo a lot of bad habits when I took a motorcycle safety class. It was amazing to me how much I learned. It really made me a much better, safer, more alert rider."
- MOST Contact
If you have specific questions about the MOST program, contact Emiliano Barela, CDOT, 303-757-9383 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you have questions or concerns about general motorcycle rider issues, including comments on road engineering or maintenance concerns, click here.