SMC was formed in 1963 by a small group of motorcycle enthusiasts from all over Sweden, whose main aim was to inform members about rallies and parties. Today SMC has around 65 000 members out of a total of 270 000 motorcycle owners in Sweden! More than 350 motorcycle clubs are members of SMC.
SMC is a non-profit making organization led by a board of nine persons. SMC has regional boards and organizations in all 21 counties of Sweden. We have direct democracy in SMC. Each member has a vote at the annual meeting. That's why communication between the members and board is good in our organization. SMC has a secretariat in Borlänge, Dalarna, with 10 full-time employees handling the day-to-day business. 3,5 persons work on the membership magazine, MC-Folket, which is the biggest motorcycle magazine in Sweden.
SMC has gained national consultation status in matters of road safety and all other topics concerning motorcycles. We co-operate with many organizations, insurance companies and public authorities. Over the years, SMC has won a lot of victories in struggling for riders rights in Sweden.
SMC offers advanced training to all motorcyclists in Sweden since 1973. The training has developed over the years and now SMC School can offer training on gocart tracks, gravel, big parking lots and road racing tracks. Every course, every instructor and every course leader in SMC School follow the guidelines below. In October 2018 every training session in SMC School was approved according to the "European Motorcycle Training Quality Label”
- Advanced guidelines - the basics
- Advanced guidelines - curve courses
- Advanced guidelines - gravel courses
Each year SMC presents Full Kontroll - Bra tänkt, a manual for safe riding that originates from NMCU. It covers more than just machine control skills; the psychology of riding and driving is examined in detail so that riders can learn to be good partners in traffic with other road users. You can read the English version here
Publications in English
In 2020 SMC and the magazine did a brake test with adventure bikes with and without ABS on gravel. The article was translated to English.
In 2018 SMC and Svemo published a common sustainability report. It's been translated to English and published 10 January 2020.
More and more Swedes discover the joy of a life on two wheels. Statistics of accidents, however, shows that until now it has been higher accident risk for those who recently bought a motorcycle compared to those who owned the motorcycle for one or more years. About half of those who died on a motorcycle had owned it less than a year. The cause of the accident is often a lack of riding skills and knowledge.In 2016 SMC offered free advanced training to all customers of new motorcycles in Sweden.
In 2014 SMC published the second version ot the Motorcycle Vision. It is the road safety policy document of SMC with our views of how the safety can be improved for motorcyclists in Sweden.
The Motorcycle Vision 2.0 Print version.
The Motorcycle Vision 2.0 Web version.
The first edition of Motorcycle Vision Zero 1.0 was introduced in 2008. Download the document here.
In 2015 SMC presented a literature study with a test house and the barrier producers in Sweden, A definition of a safe barrier for motorcyclists.
In 2019 SMC published Serious traffic violations amongst fatalities and seriously injured - with a focus on motorcycles with two wheels.
Earlier versions: 2015 version 3.0 of the study Extreme behaviour is mainly about illegal riding, version 2.0: Extreme behaviour is mainly about illegal riding. Link to version 1.0 from 2013.
In January 2011 SMC launced a study about motorcyclists attitude towards road safety. It is the result of a questionnaire to SMC-members.
Document in print version and web version.
In January 2011 SMC launched a study about motorcyclists view on advanced training. It is the result of a web questionnaire with 1735 respondents.
Document in print version and Web version
In January 2012 SMC launced a new intelligent alarm system for motorcyclists, CQrifyMC. Read the press release in English here.
In March 2012 SMC launced the Medical Card, where you write down your medical status and put it in your helmet. Press release in English here.
In April 2012, the minister of Infrastructure announced that motorcycle protection systems will be installed on crash barriers in Sweden. Press release in English here.
In September 2012, the seven MC organisations in the Nordic Countries presented a Nordic Common position on road safety. Document in English here.
In September 2012, Version 2.0 of the joint strategy for increased motorcycle and moped safety was launched. SMC was an active stakeholder in the strategic work. Download the English version here.
In February 2014 a joint strategy for increased safety for quads. SMC was not involved in the work. Download the English version here.
Internationally, SMC is a member of Federation Internationale de Motocycliste (FIM),the Federation of Europan Motorcyclists Associations (FEMA) and Federation Internationale de L’Automobile FIA. SMC is also a member of EuroRAP. SMC is one of seven member organisations in NMR, Nordic Motorcycle Council.
A SMC membership includes a lot of benefits: our magazine MC-Folket 8 times per year; the SMC-Book with information about rallies and clubs in Sweden, advice for travelling, our own travel agency SMC Travel AB, assistance if your motorcycle breaks down, e t c; discounts on ferries, petrol, restaurants; international driving licence; international camping card; the SMC app and lots of other things. Membership with SMC costs SEK 495 per year (20121).
Become a member
If you want to apply for membership you can do it here on the web-site. Or contact our office where you will get a membership application: SMC, Gamla Tunavägen 30, 784 60 Borlänge. Tfn +46243-669 70, e-mail. Pay SEK 495 to our bank account 302-2506. at the same time as you send the membership application on Internet or via mail.
As a foreigner you can buy the SMC-Book from SMC. You buy an international moneyorder or Swedish banknotes to enclose your order. The price for the SMC-Book is SEK 60 including postage. Do not pay with EU-eurocheque. All information is in Swedish in the book.
Our ultimate goal is to serve and help our members in all possible ways. Our vision is to become the world leading non-profit MC-organization. Our mission is to achieve a safe road environment without worries for motorcyclists.