New rules could improve motorcycle safety

By Kelsey Gibbs |

Published 07/28 2014 05:57PM

Updated 07/28 2014 06:15PM

ILLINOIS -- The state is looking at ways of keeping bikers safe on the road. WCIA-3's Kelsey Gibbs keeps us Connected to the Capitol.

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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