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Motorcycle Safety & Awareness

Ride Safe Indiana (RSI) is the State of Indiana’s authorized motorcycle safety program within the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The RSI mission is to train more motorcyclists and educate motorists in order to decrease motorcycle fatalities and accidents. RSI offers a basic rider course and an advanced training course for new and experienced riders across the state of Indiana. For more information, visit

Course registration is available all season and can be completed here.

Motorcycle Permits & Endorsements

A motorcycle learner's permit allows Indiana residents who hold a valid Indiana driver's license to practice riding a motorcycle before applying for a motorcycle endorsement. For more information, click here.

To add a motorcycle endorsement to your Indiana driver’s license, you must provide proof you have successfully completed a training course OR have passed the motorcycle knowledge and riding skills tests. For more information, click here.

Click here to view the 2016 Motorcycle Operator’s Manual

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Motorcycle Safety

The following tips will help keep you safe on the road:

  • When you pass a motorcycle rider, please allow several car lengths before getting back in front of us in our lane. They need to be able to see the street surface to remain safe.

  • Please don’t follow too closely. Should a motorcyclist go down while riding they could quickly become a target of major unintended consequences.

  • Motorcyclists position themselves in the left, center and right portions of the lane at various times to maximize their visibility and safety. Please respect their space and don’t try to lane share.

  • Even if you are in a hurry please keep at a safe distance from motorcyclists and share the road.

When riding, wearing proper gear is crucial in protecting against serious injury.

  • Head:  a helmet protects head and neck injuries and is the most important piece of protective gear that a rider can wear. Helmet use reduces the risk of brain injury by 67 percent.

  • Eyes: covering the eyes with goggles or a full face helmet is ideal to avoid blurred or impaired vision.

  • Hands: to avoid harsh abrasions as well as extreme temperatures, wear gloves that are made of a durable material.

  • Arms and legs: even during warm temperatures, riders’ arms and legs should be completely covered.

  • Feet: sturdy boots or shoes that cover the ankles should be worn while riding.

Motorcycle Statistics

  • One out of every five motorcycle crashes results in head or neck injuries (Motorcycle Operator Manual 2014).

  • Most riders are riding slower than 30mph when a crash occurs. At these speeds, helmets can cut both the number and severity of head injuries by half (Motorcycle Operator Manual 2014).