It looks like it's back to school for bikers. The Secretary of State's Office has several ideas to protect bikers when they're on the roads. One of those is a new class designed for beginners who want to ride a big bike.
Kathy Martin is still relatively new to the whole biker scene. She's only been an avid motorcycle rider for two years.
"I researched it. I took the class last summer. Really enjoyed the class. Prior to the class, I had a very good experience learning how to ride."
Martin says, in her short two years as an avid rider, she's already switched bike sizes.
"Each bike that I learned, I learned in the 250 upgraded to a 750, then upgraded to a 1300."
To make Illinois' roads safer the Secretary of State's office is considering some new rules. One of those is offering a beginner's class for those who want to ride bigger bikes. It's an idea some bikers, like Cyler Coleman, don't agree with.
"I've seen people out there and, okay, they should have a smaller bike, but I can' think of any major accidents."
Currently in the state, the motorcycle training course lets beginners train on a smaller bike.
"We have 250 cc motorcycles. We have 200 cc motorcycles and at some of the schools, we even have some of the smaller bikes at 125 cc."
A size, bikers like Martin and Coleman, think is reasonable.
"I honestly can't think of one motorcycle accident right now that I will sit there and say, 'Hmm. I think that bike was too large for them.'"
"The confidence of learning on a smaller bike is much greater than when you can feel you can hold a bike and manage the bike well."
The Secretary of State's Office said this idea is just that; an idea. It will have to continue to do research in order to consider it as a possible requirement.
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