August 12, 2017 06:10 PM
Motorcycle riders could take a basic safety training course at Lake Superior College. The course included classroom sessions on Thursday and outdoor sessions on a motorcycle on Saturday and Sunday.
The course was put on by Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Training Center and they said, because it's the peak riding season, it's more important than ever.
"Motorcycles are dangerous," Todd Carlson, a rider coach, said. "If you're in a car you have seatbelts, you have airbags, you have the whole cage of the structure of the car around you, on a motorcycle you don't have those things."
Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center uses training courses to teach riders the skills they need to be safe.
"What we're hoping to instill this weekend, is some good motorcycle control skills, to be able to make them better riders," Carlson said.
These skills would be invaluable to riders.
"I've learned to be a lot more confidence on my motorcycle and be aware of my surrounding," motorcyclist and trainee, David Moreiera, said.
"You can know the right way to do things instead of the potential wrong ways to do it," Mandy Chapman, motorcyclist and trainee, said.
Carlson said they are skills that will last them a lifetime.
"We're teaching them what we call perishable skills, skills that they need to continue to practice throughout their lives as they ride motorcycles," Carlson said.
The courses aren't mandatory for riders 18 and up, but they are available for riders of all experience. Experienced riders can learn how to ride with a passenger.
"Just about everyone that we put through our class tells us that they learn something new about riding motorcycles if they've ridden before, or if they've never ridden before, they feel much safer as a motorcyclist," Carlson said.
The MN Motorcycle Safety Center offers many different types of courses for riders. Courses at Lake Superior College will run until September 23. Click here to sign up for classes.
Updated: August 12, 2017 06:10 PM
Created: August 12, 2017 05:06 PM
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