Get your motor running

Warm weather is bringing people out of their homes to soak in the sunshine and warm temperatures and motorcycle enthusiasts are also breaking out their bikes, or at least thinking about it.

Bill Downey a safety instructor with the Kelowna and District Safety Council tells Castanet, now is the time to take a safety course, "a course condenses the learning process and focuses your attention on what the science tells us actually works." Downey says even if you are an experienced rider it's important to refresh your riding skills from time to time and to take it slow during early season riding.

"Early season riders need to dress warmly and watch out for sand and gravel on the roadways," says Downey. He also indicates traction can be an issue as cooler morning and overnight temperatures can make for icy and slippery spots on roadways.

The Kelowna and District Safety Council is once again offering motorcycle safety courses, the first one starts in early April.

Downey says safety and training are especially important in the Okanagan because according to his own research and experience, "the Okanagan is the most dangerous place in the province to operate a motorcycle." Downey takes safety very seriously and feels that motorcycle safety and regulation is a neglected area in most jurisdictions. He says the future of riding may include self-balancing motorcycles. Many companies, including BMW, are working on new technology that will allow motorcycles not only to balance themselves but also drive themselves.

For anyone interested in learning to ride a motorcycle or get their licence he recommends they do some research before buying any gear or a motorcycle. "One of the things we work with new riders on is choosing the type of gear that will help keep them safe and that includes the type and size of motorcycle."

The Kelowna and District Safety Council takes the stress out of the situation by providing students with a helmet and a motorcycle so they can learn what works best for them and even try out different styles of bikes to find the perfect fit.

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