South Dakota Launches Motorcycle Education Safety Website

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, Public Safety Secretary Trevor Jones and Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen unveiled yesterday a new website named South Dakota Rides stated to promote motorcycle education and safety. The governor also has designated next week as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Week in South Dakota.

A look at the website shows very little regarding safety, mainly South Dakota on and off-road laws and a form to register to education classes. In addition, a map, a forum (not started) and pictures gallery section (not started, yet.) For now, a quite poor content website for a Stating hosting the largest motorcycle rally in the world. I hope it will improve.

19 Responses to “South Dakota Launches Motorcycle Education Safety Website”

  1. 1 Rodent Apr 10th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    All South Dakota wants is your hard earned bucks. They just want to overcharge the tourists and we are all tourists first motorcyclists second.

  2. 2 Wiz Apr 11th, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Rodent, And how is that different from anybody else? Unfortunatly, the money angle is the root of almost all endeavors these days. However, let me get into that website ‘an I’ll jazz it up a bit, like I do for the South Dakota ABATE Newsletter. I had to come up with a disclaimer at the beginning to exhonorate them from any repercussions, but that frees me up to Rip ‘Em a New ASS!!! Yuk-Yuk!! Wiz

  3. 3 Rogue Apr 11th, 2012 at 6:49 am

    I would watch the website carefully and see where it goes.
    Motorcycle Safety is a serious thing and though motorcyclist are responsible for their actions there are many other factors to consider.
    The motorcycle rider courses should be made available to all that want them. The problem I see is that there is a fee to take these courses. Yes it does take money to do them and instructors need to get paid But every license and registration in the country has as part of their fee a dollar amount for education. So why is that money not being used for these courses?
    The other question is why do the manufactures of these products not provide free courses in the operation of their product?
    I would warn people that the State of Florida has passed legislation that makes these schools Mandatory before anyone can get a Motorcycle License. The courses are around $300.00. The state has shut down all motorcycle testing facilities but still has the option for other forms of licensing. This means that people who have prior experience in motorcycling and could pass the previous test at the Department of Motor Vehicles are no longer allowed the opportunity to do so.
    This is prejudicial treatment towards motorcyclist and it is suspected now that Florida has gotten away with it other states will try to do the same.
    If it is really about Safety and Saving Lives Motorcycle Safety Courses Should Be FREE To All That Want To Take Them.
    I would suggest you contact your legislators and convince them to pass legislation that will make that happen.

  4. 4 Mike Greenwald Apr 11th, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I am certain that motorcycle safety an awareness week does not include the following items. There is a covert and overt presence of legalized thugs at Sturgis. Be aware of the motorcycle task force that may confiscate your bike. Be aware of “blue” clubs/gangs that will initiate confrontations and may shoot you.

  5. 5 Tom D Apr 11th, 2012 at 10:43 am

    It’s not the state of South Dakota that’s gouging the tourists, it’s the vendors, and they come from all over the country.

  6. 6 Lyle Apr 11th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Why shouldn’t motorcyclsts pay for their own classes just like Drivers Ed? Must the government provide everything for free nowdays? If there are fees for education already coming from registration I’m sure it isn’t enough to cover 100% of the cost of the course. And if it was, these classes still wouldn’t be ‘free.”In Minnesota, where I live, the classes cost about $100. And you get your MC license at the end of the class once you pass the test. Personally, taking these classes really isn’t enough. You simply can’t learn everything there is to know, much of it based upon experience, from a class. But it’s a good start.

  7. 7 Mike Greenwald Apr 11th, 2012 at 4:18 pm


    The argument is about “mandatory”, not about classes.


  8. 8 Jeff Nicklus Apr 11th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Mike Greenwald,

    Where do you see anything about this being “mandatory” ? What am I missing?

    Over & Out,


  9. 9 Mike Greenwald Apr 11th, 2012 at 9:50 pm


    If you follow the actions of Sen. Frank Lautenberg and his influences on the committees that fund all the blackmail of state highway funds, you will see that there is a a direct correlation to the forty year old grudge against motorcyclists. This goes back to the days of Jill Clayburgh. The current day corruption is evidenced in Florida through the leader and lobbyist of ABATE of Florida. Follow the networking and connect the dots with all the associated organizations under the influence. In payoff through awards of grant monies and other considerations, motorcyclists have been misinformed, disinformed, conned and coerced into submission to loss of liberty and cash to legislatirs and law enforcement nationwide. Look at the same connection in each and every state that has an MRO that has been hijacked to become a MSO or MEO. Look at the similarities, associations and champions of this wholesale sellout of all motorcyclists. If you like, and you promise to read every word, I have several file cabinets full of all the documentation.

  10. 10 Mike Greenwald Apr 12th, 2012 at 7:05 am

    I meant to say Joan Claybrook and not Jill Clayburgh.

  11. 11 Rogue Apr 12th, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Each state has different laws and in the case of drivers education in Florida there are courses that are free and or for a very low fee for automobiles while this is not the case for motorcycles.
    As mentioned there is a fee in all licensing for education and in Florida in 2010 motorcycle registration fees went up $2.50 per vehicle. The fee was suppose to be used for Education but at the beginning of the 2011 legislative session that money was removed from the motorcycle fund and used for other things. This is a common practice not only in Florida but also other parts of the country.
    The reason for mentioning this is that a lot of trial legislation is passed in Florida and California and often other states see it as a source of income and adapt similar legislation.
    Mentioning these things here is a way to inform other as to what is happening so they can monitor their state laws.

  12. 12 Rogue Apr 12th, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I think what Mike was referring to is what happened in Florida.
    There is Mandatory Schooling for anyone who wants a motorcycle license regardless of experience.
    You can no longer go to the Department of Motor Vehicles to take a test like you can for other forms of vehicles.
    All of the State of Florida Motorcycle Testing Sites Have Been Closed.
    This has saved the state a large amount of money yet they continue to raise registration fees for motorcycles.
    To the best of my knowledge there is No Other Mandatory Motor Vehicle Schools in the state.
    The schools are running around $300.00.
    What has happened is that organizations like the Motorcycle Safety Foundation started with making a deal with the insurance industry to offer lower fees to those taking the course. Okay no problem with that. Then the State of Florida allowed people who took the course to submit a piece of paper to the DMV and they were issued a license with out having a test by that agency. That saved the state time and money. I should note no reduction in fees for motorcyclist.
    The most recent is that Schooling is Now Mandatory! I am not against schooling for those want or need it. What I am against is forcing someone who could pass the test to pay a school to get a license. An example would be someone who had a motorcycle license in the past and let it laps for what ever reason and of course children who grow up in motorcycling with off road experience.
    These people should be given the opportunity to be tested by the agency issuing the license.
    Now that this is happening in Florida it is expected other states will try to do the same.
    Just a heads up so that people in other states can be aware and stop this type of thing if they feel it is wrong.

  13. 13 Jeff Nicklus Apr 12th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Mike & Rogue,

    Thanks for the info guys!

    Over & Out,


  14. 14 Keith Brinton Apr 12th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Rogue; Lets tell it the way it is Florida is a F**king joke. They don’t care even one little bit about motorcycle safety. If they did they would have testing for all those old ass blind people that kill so many motorcycle riders every year ” my wife included ” and even if they did care a rider safety course dont mean shit if you get hit from behind by a speeding SUV. And in Florida if you are talking on your phone or texting and kill someone all you can be charged with is careless and wreckless driving. Here in Nevada your ass would be in jail. And the bigger joke; Florida has some of the lowest limit requirements for insurance coverage as well, so when some ignorant old bitch runs you over you get to pay the hospital bills. The state of Florida only wants the money so they call it a rider safety course. But they are not fooling me and I doubt they are fooling many.

  15. 15 Mike Greenwald Apr 12th, 2012 at 11:50 pm


    Please explain your rant about the rider safety course. The State of Florida has neither the educational facilities nor the testing facilities for motorcyclist skills nor aptitude.

    I have crashed with two separate uninsured motorists. The first was a stolen car in Florida, the second crash was in Wisconsin.

    I do not want the government involved. They do a piss poor job when they create and enforce laws that profit on the misfortunes of motorcyclists.


  16. 16 Keith Brinton Apr 13th, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Mike Greenwald; My point is simple. The government only wants to take money off of the people. They don’t really care about safety. If the state of Florida wanted motorcycle rider to be able to ride safely or anyone to be able to be safe on their roads driving a car or riding a bike. They would get half the population of Florida off the roads. Florida is one of a few states that actively seeks out old folks to inhance their economy. They license people that have trouble seeing, they license people that have mental disabilities and all this is done so that the state of Florida will be more attractive to the elderly. It is done so that the state can make more money. Florida wants those old folks to tell all their friends to move to Florida. They want those old folks to know Florida will let you drive when most states would take your driving privileges away if you cant see or think properly Florida will give you a license. My point is the state does not care they only want money. If you can’t grab that concept I don’t know any better way to say it.

  17. 17 Rogue Apr 14th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Let me start off with saying I am sorry to hear about the collision that took your wife’s life.
    I agree with you that a lot of the laws in Florida Suck and that the state only wants the money from the people living there.
    As a matter of fact in 2010 Abate of Florida helped pass a law that raised the motorcycle registration by $2.50. $2.50 may not seem to be a lot of money until you multiply it by the amount of registered motorcycles.
    Even though there is already money in every registration fee for education they were claiming this money was needed for that. Pass history shows the state has taken that money and used it for other purposes for many years. Many people were against this but Abate pushed it through.
    At the beginning of 2011 the Florida legislature did in fact take this money for other purposes. When motorcyclist complained to Abate its president Doc Reichenbach made the statement “Abate was not going to fight it because they were still getting their Quarter of A Million Dollars.”
    The State of Florida no longer tests motorcyclist for licenses but requires them to take a safety course instead which in some cases amounts to Buying A License.
    Yes there a lot of elderly people in Florida and they have some very strong lobby power. After a certain age all senior citizens are required to be tested. Some will slip through as will others in different age groups.
    It is Not Just The Old People that are Killing Motorcyclist and others.
    The Florida law on careless and reckless driving leaves a lot to be desired But raising the fine and giving the money to the State of Florida does nothing to stop it other than helping the state make money off the injury and or death of their residents.
    I am in favor of higher penalties for those who injure and or kill someone through their negligence or fault but feel that the money part of the sentence should go to the victim and or their family.
    Abate of Florida who have helped pass legislation that many feel has done nothing but make money for the State of Florida and of course the state showings it’s appreciation by giving them safety grants which was used to but trinkets and do dads that advertised for them.
    Senior Groups, lobbyist for special interest groups are all working the system and the citizens are usually on the short end of the stick.
    The thing right or wrong the people who live in any state of the country are the ones that makes the laws for that state. If it is elderly people living in Florida that are having that great of influence I believe it is going to be hard to change.
    Yes it is Definetly The State of Florida wants the money and I am not sure that is going to change any time soon especially with the groups that lobby the legislature making a lot of money doing it.
    I do think if people would contact their legislators personally instead of through one of the groups things could change.

  18. 18 Mike Greenwald Apr 14th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    What is the motive for the government to provide or ensure motorcyclist safety?
    What is the motive for the motorcyclist to entrust their safety to the government?

    In many locales, taxes, fees and other thefts of money and property, life, limb and time are well documented. All to zero benefit of the citizen. The tools of government are the glib words and apathy.

  19. 19 All For Safety Apr 25th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    How about this for motorcycle safety: All you guys that wear black why don’t you start wearing pink or orange or lime green and maybe putting a flashing light on your helmet? Or better yet, how about getting 2 bikes welding them together and throwing a roll cage around it and I think you’ll be safe from all of the idiot cagers, huh? You all take your lives in to your hands and its your problem. There is no way all of the idiot drivers will ever go away. Via con dios

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