Ready to roll? May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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HOWARD (NBC 26) – Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, motorcycles have been in high demand.

“Life is too short,” said Dixie Kinnard, owner of Vandervest Harley-Davidson. “People who had a dream or a goal, they just do it. There has never been a better time.”

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and before new riders get on their bikes, it’s a good idea to take a course, she said.

“We have a lot of people who have even their license, or who have been driving for a long time without a license, and if they come to take our course, they often say that they are learning they have bad habits and that they are learning the right one. way of riding the motorcycle, ”Kinnard said.

In the state of Wisconsin, it’s not legal to wear a helmet while riding, but many instructors suggest that you wear one. Most helmets last about three to five years or need to be replaced after a crash, which could even include simply dropping it to the ground. For seasoned riders, Cy Martz, service consultant at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, recommends taking bikes to an expert for full service each spring.

“They know,” he said. “And you don’t want to take your chance when you only have two wheels.”

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month isn’t just for motorcyclists; it is also a reminder to those who drive vehicles with four or more wheels.

“During the winter, you’re not used to seeing motorcycles going out,” Kinnard said. “And we’re smaller, so people aren’t used to seeing us. You have to check your blind spots. Be aware that we’re out there and listen to us and listen to us.”

Martz always gives the same advice to runners: ride like you’re invisible. And with safety in mind, cyclists can enjoy the open road.

“I’ve been doing this for 40 years,” he said. “I have almost 400,000 miles on a motorcycle, and I love it just for the freedom and stress relief. I work all week, then when I have my days off I just go out into the country just listen to the bike and enjoy the scenery. “

“There is no such thing,” Kinnard said. “You lose all your stress, you’re just free-spirited, one with the bike. On the road, often people don’t have a destination; they just like to hang out with nature. It’s great.”

You can register for the New Rider course here.

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