Motorcycle Safety


What’s being done to keep motorcyclists safe in South Dakota? The most visible and important thing taking place is the Motorcycle Safety training being conducted through the South Dakota Safety Council.  Both Basic and Experienced Rider training courses are available. These courses not only provide motorcycle riders with valuable safety and educational information, they also provide riders with the chance to interact with other riders and levels of experience. In 2012, 1,868 riders completed motorcycle safety training through the South Dakota Safety Council. From 2007-2012, 11,284 motorcycle riders have received motorcycle safety training through these courses.

As part of a comprehensive campaign to promote motorcycle safety and education, the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety launched a 
motorcycle safety website on April 6, 2012. In South Dakota, motorcycles make up approximately 7.6% of the motor vehicles registered in the state, yet represent 17.5% of the total fatalities and 2.6% of total accidents that happen on South Dakota roadways. Statistics also show 70% of the people involved in fatal motorcycle accidents in South Dakota are from other states.

South Dakota is a must-visit destination for motorcycle enthusiasts, as well as home to a large and growing number of motorcycle riders. The new website provides motorcycle riders, and other motorists, with information on safety, state laws, rider training opportunities, and other topics geared toward making motorcycle travel in South Dakota as safe and rewarding as possible.

While education and safety are the main objectives of, the website also engages users with interactive riding maps, information on rider education courses, web-cam views of roadways in many parts of the state, and opportunities for users to share photos and videos of their own rides or take part in live chats with other motorcycle enthusiasts.

“Fill Your Tank. Empty Your Schedule." Few things are better than hitting the highway with nothing but the handlebars in front of you. In South Dakota, our most scenic routes range from open prairie roads to winding pigtail bridges in the Black Hills. Use the interactive motorcycle map to find your favorite motorcycle roads and watch real, bike-cam video of each route. You can even share photos and videos or chat live with other riders as they plot their own tours."

The interactive touring map allows visitors to scout various South Dakota routes, which are rated by degree of difficulty, and view a bike-cam video showing the selected route just as it would be seen from behind the handlebars of a motorcycle. This can be an invaluable tool for riders who want to view a route prior to riding it.

From 2006-2012, 42% of total motorcycle fatalities occurred in a four-county area in western South Dakota (the Black Hills area). During those same years, 70% of the total motorcycle fatalities occurred during the months of July, August, and September, with the largest percentage of fatalities occurring during August (69%). Of these August fatalities, 94% were non-resident riders.

Every year during August, South Dakota hosts one of the world’s largest motorcycle events – the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The website not only targets all motorcyclists, but specifically reaches out to those who are traveling to South Dakota for this event.

If you’re planning a South Dakota motorcycle trip, make your first stop!

SD Safety Council

Motorcycle Skill Rated Map