Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Motorcycle Safety Foundation course

Oh how I have neglected the blog this week. This weekend I spent sweating it out at the Locust Grove Germana Campus parking lot at the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic RiderCourse. Friday night we spent four hours going over safe riding videos and book work. Saturday we spent the day building up motorcycle riding techniques, then Sunday we built on that with additional techniques. The last day encompasses both the written and riding tests. This was a great class for ANYONE that rides, and if you have many years of experience, they teach an experienced course. For someone with me with, lets admit it, no experience, it's a great way to safely get on a bike. Admittedly, the course teaches you to ride around in a parking lot. However, for my short 3mi commute to the train station, it taught all of the tools needed. Won't be jumping out on I-95 just yet.

As reported in the Examiner, accidents involving motorcycles is on the rise as ridership increases. Riders will find that taking the safety course will cut insurance rates and allow them to bypass the 30day learner period with DMV. Auto drivers will also benefit from the ForCarDrivers course to help recognize bikes on the road.

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