Road Safety


A motorcycle is a two-wheeled motor vehicle that has:

  • a minimum seat height of 650 mm (26 inches)
  • a minimum wheel rim diameter of 250 mm (10 inches)
  • a minimum wheelbase of 1,006 mm (40 inches)
  • a maximum speed capability of more than 50 km/h

Motorcycles are categorized by body styles for rating purposes. More information about motorcycle body styles is available here.

You must be licenced to drive a motorcycle.

To legally operate a motorcycle in Manitoba, you must:

  • Hold a valid licence of any class and stage.
  • Pass a written or oral knowledge test.
  • Obtain a Class 6 M Stage licence in order to complete the MSC’s motorcycle training course. Completion of this course is required before a Learner Stage licence is issued.
  • Complete a minimum nine-month Learner Stage.
  • Pass a road test to advance to the Intermediate Stage, a minimum 15-month stage.

Conditions contributing to motorcycle crashes are:

  • driver distraction/inattention
  • driver ability impaired by drinking
  • losing control
  • speeding
  • following too closely

Motorcycle training courses are available from Safety Services Manitoba. More information on the courses is available here.

Additional motorcycle safety information is available:

Please note, if the engine on your vehicle is not more than 50 cc and cannot exceed 50 km/h, it is a moped, not a motorcycle. Licensing regulations and driving techniques differ for mopeds and motorcycles. It’s important that you know the difference.