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Ride Smart Florida reminds motorcyclists that the road is not a racetrack. On a motorcycle, performance is what it’s all about, but almost one quarter of all motorcycle fatalities in Florida involve speeding. Give yourself time to react to whatever comes your way. Speed matters – your decision to speed could be the difference between life and death. Riding the speed limit may allow other drivers to gauge your speed and distance properly. Give them a chance to see you—give yourself a chance to ride another day. 

The fine for exceeding the speed limit by more than 50 mph is $1,000 for the first offense and $2,500 for the second.
In addition, a second offense will result in a one-year driver license suspension. Slow down—it will help you save your life and other’s lives.

Explore the thrill of speed and hone your riding skills in a controlled environment by participating in track days—an exhilarating alternative to public roads. On the track, riders can safely push the limits of their motorcycles, gaining valuable experience while enjoying the adrenaline rush in a dedicated and supervised setting. A simple Google search will yield results for track days near you! Don’t have a sport bike? No problem! Most tracks will happily accommodate motorcycles of all types. 

Motorcycle riding behind cars on the road towards the sun

Leave enough time and space between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Ride in control and within your limits.

The fines for exceeding the speed limit by more than 50mph…

for the first offense
$ 0 k
for the second
$ 0 k
days without a license
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S.M.A.R.T. courses

The goal of SMART Courses are to help students demonstrate safe motorcycle riding techniques by negotiating commonly found street riding situations in a controlled and skill oriented manner. SMART Courses are fun and very informative, and are offered in Collier County, Osceola, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Palm Beach County, and Tampa. They challenge you where they know they can and help you where they see it’s needed. Click here for more information

The Road is not a racetrack

Racetracks are designed for races and for crashes. Public streets are not designed for speed. There are obstacles such cars, trees, barriers, curbs and more. Speed limits aren’t just random numbers—they’re like a safety “recipe” determined by our state’s traffic engineers. Factors such as how the road is built, what you can see around curves, and how much traffic is present all factor into the determination of the road’s speed limit. When you see a speed limit sign, keep in mind it’s a carefully calculated number that helps keep everyone cruising safely and smoothly.  

Stopping Distance

Stopping Distance – speed is a critical factor in all road crashes and fatalities. Riding a motorcycle is unpredictable, and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead, it’s your speed that will determine whether you can stop in time. Become aware of the distances needed to brake at certain speeds. Are you aware of the distances needed to brake at certain speeds?

Here is something to think about....

Distance needed to stop a motorcycle

Train regularly and get endorsed

Reacting safely and efficiently to hazards on the road requires practice and muscle memory. Training courses are an exciting way for you to practice crash-avoidance techniques, and to enhance your overall riding experience.