Motorcycle safety courses teach more than basics

There’s been a number of motorcycle crashes around the Mohawk Valley recently, and if you’re thinking about getting out on two wheels for the first time, you might want to consider a safety course at MVCC.

Posted: Jun 8, 2021 6:00 PM
Updated: Jun 8, 2021 6:16 PM

Albany Resident Chris Bryant came to Utica to learn how to safely ride a motorcycle, and his decision to take the course at MVCC will benefit him down the road.

"I’ve been wanting to do it for years. My co-workers have been nagging me about it," he said. "It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but I’ve just been putting it off, so I’ll actually learn a little bit more rather than just getting a permit, then going out there and taking a road test."

Instructor Lynne Vandewater says if you successfully complete the course you won’t have to take a road test to get your motorcycle license. Just go down to the DMV and present your certificate of completion along with your permit, and they’ll issue you a license.

"Some people certainly are motivated by the licensing factor, and you know they just want to go wind it up, and in the classroom we talk about the consequences of some of those poor decisions," she said.

There has been a number of motorcycle crashes lately, but those taking this course will ride away with a better understanding of what can happen when you don’t take extra precautions out on the road.

"Most motorcycle crashes aren’t caused by one single thing. Generally it’s a combination of factors that combine together and create that crash scenario. So we encourage riders to look at those factors that could cause a crash and pick them off one by one to reduce the risk overall."

Sauquiot Resident Dustin McOwnen is learning from other people’s mistakes. He’s seen what can happen on 2 wheels, and wants his experience to end well.

"You know you don’t hear so much of the people getting hurt, but you definitely hear about the fatalities, but you know it’s happening, and it’s kind of why I joined," he said. "It’s just because you hear it locally, you hear stories from friends, you know on the news, whatever it is, so I’m just trying to make sure I’m doing it safely and responsibly."

There are 3 courses to choose from. A basic course, a course for 3-wheelers, and a little more advanced course where you use your own motorcycle. Prices range from $99-$310, but if you’re really interested just find out more on their website at gomotorcycling.net. 

This New York website can also be used to find a safety course near you:  https://nysmsp.org/

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