MSF's Dirt Bike Riding Tips

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) created a set of off-highway motorcycle (OHM) riding tips which should always be followed to keep you, your friends, and your family safe.


Parents!  Remember only you can keep your children safe.  Talk with your children about the importance of safety and set rules regarding where and when they can ride.  Make sure you follow all of the safety rules as well so you set a good example.


Dirt Bike Riding Tips:

  1. Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
  2. Except for dual-purpose models, never ride on paved surfaces except to cross when done safely and permitted by law - another vehicle could hit you. Dirt bikes are designed to be operated off-highway.
  3. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  4. Supervise riders younger than 16; dirt bikes are not toys.
  5. Never permit youngsters to ride dirt bikes that are too tall or too powerful for their capabilities.
  6. Don’t ride alone on remote trails. Use the buddy system.
  7. Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
  8. Take a hands-on riding course. Visit

See the Getting Started in Riding pages for information regarding proper safety gear and anything you need to know regarding how to start riding OHVs.

NOHVCC asks for your assistance.  Please follow these rules and tips when you ride.  Also, spread the information regarding OHV safety, the importance of hands-on training, and these rules and tips far and wide.  The future of OHV recreation can’t be positive unless you are part of our future.