In the beautiful state of Pennsylvania they appear to do things differently than the rest of north America...

According to a press release this morning: Pennsylvania riders can enhance their driving skills and safety awareness by taking free training offered through Pennsylvania's Motorcycle Safety Program. Courses are free to Pennsylvania residents and are held from March through October at approximately 70 sites across the state. Motorcycle permit holders who successfully complete the course will be issued a motorcycle license.

The 15-hour, Basic Rider Course (BRC) consists of five hours of in-class instruction and 10 hours of practical riding experience on a riding range under the watchful eyes of certified rider coaches. The BRC is a comprehensive safety and skills overview that provides valuable training for new riders. This course is also helpful to more experienced riders, allowing them to polish their skills and recognize any unsafe habits they may have picked up. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for students taking the basic course.

If a rider has completed the BRC, the six-hour, Experienced Rider Course helps experienced riders refresh their safety knowledge and hone their skills on a riding range under the guidance of certified rider coaches. Students taking the ERC must provide their own motorcycle and helmet.

So - how can they do it and no one else seems to? Free rider read the rest of the article and to find out more on the rider awareness program: Click here.

I think that there is a ton that could be done to increase the awareness of riders and drivers a like - the task or the challenge is to get the grants to hire the staff to be dedicated to that mission. For volunteers to try and do anything - well - life gets in the road no matter how good their intent!  As a member of F.I.R.R.E. I will be encouraging our executive to apply for operational grants to hire staff to tackle these very issues....

In the news today:

Harley-Davidson has announced it's 2011 models and it's CVO Models (we will have the CVO info and the new military line of clothing info for you this afternoon). Victory has also outlined their 2011 offerings - the 106" Freedom Engine will be the only engine offering for Victory this year - no more 96"!

Right across this fair country of ours there are a rash of Motorcycle Accidents and Deaths to report. Visit the Rider Down section of our web site to learn more.
In Sports: Jordan Skoze is on his way to Shubenacadie and his 5th championship!

The third annual Bushwacked in the Outback event went off without a hitch.

If you are fortunate enough to be riding today - PLEASE - I beg you  - Ride like every SOB in the country has an unsafe load, is blind and can not see you and IS out to get you and please ride Proud not loud and consider some push back on the issues that affect our safety!

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