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Ride S.M.A.R.T.

Whether you are a novice or experienced rider, making the right choices when riding and choosing safety equipment and accessories should be your first priority. In the event of a crash, wearing the proper gear could be the difference of life or death. There is nothing between you and the road except the choices you make and the clothes you are wearing. Please choose to Ride Smart.

SoberDon’t Drink and Ride, 39% of motorcyclists killed in a fatal crash had a BAC of .01 or above.

M Class: More than 20 percent of all motorcyclists do not ride with the proper classification. Riding legally ensures you have the training and skills necessary to operate the motorcycle safely. The CRSTP offers free license waiver courses to get your motorcycle endorsement. For more information on courses contact your closest regional center.

All The Gear All The Time (ATGATT): We encourage all riders to  wear All The Gear All The Time.

Helmets: A bright, reflective DOT-approved helmet is your best protection. Unfortunately, an overwhelming majority of those killed in motorcycle crashes are not wearing a helmet. Not only will it help protect against head injuries, but will make riders more visible to other drivers.

Eye Protection: Eye protection is legally required and should be worn at all times. It protects the operator from dust and other hazards that may irritate or injure the eyes.

Gloves: Full fingered gloves should be worn at all times to protect hands from injury and weather conditions.

Jackets, Pants and Boots: A motorcycle jacket, pants and boots should always be a part of the riding outfit. Wearing proper protective gear will protect from major skin loss, road rash and mutilated toes or feet in the event of a crash.

How to tell if a helmet is unsafe

What You Should Know About Motorcycle Helmets

Rider Training: Make sure to keep riding skills in the best shape and take a refresher rider training course every few years. Skills can diminish with age. Take our free rider training courses to keep skills sharp and road ready.

Tires/Wheels, Controls, Lights/Electrical, Oil/Fluids, Chassis and Stands (T-CLOCS): This is an acronym for a motorcycle pre-ride safety check. Before every ride check the Tires/Wheels, Controls, Lights/Electrical, Oil/Fluids, Chassis and Stands. Taking a moment to check your motorcycle for proper operation before the ride could mean the difference have a safe enjoyable ride or one that may result in problems. The owner’s manual will address specific items and details to check on your motorcycle. Download T-CLOCS inspection sheet from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.