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Motorcycle safety and training

July 23, 2010 - Frank Robinson

I'm going back to class. But this time, it's all about motorcycles.

It's a training and safety course taught at the Kent State-Trumbull campus. It doesn't cost much, just $25, and will be money well spent. It's about 16 hours long in all. It combines classroom training with hands-on training, and they supply the motorcycle.

I've been riding motorcycles since I was a kid, beginning with my little Honda SL70, them to a bigger dirt bike, then a few other street bikes. I gave it up for a few years, but eventually I was lured back. I consider myself an experienced rider, but this course might tell me if I've been doing it correctly all these years.

One thing I have noticed over the years is that it seems to get more and more dangerous. The deer at night have always been there, I know. The driver wanting to turn left in front of you? I know that, too. Or the guy backing out of the driveway, ditto.

What's really frightening these days is the driver with the cell phone. Drivers have a hard enough time seeing motorcycles. Throw in a cell phone and -- in some cases they are texting -- that's a real problem.

So I'm signed up for this safety training through the Ohio Department of Public Safety. It's called the Motorcycle Ohio program. We'll see how it goes. I'll let you know in a future blog.






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