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Born to be Wild

Motorcycle safety course now offered at UHMC.

January 19, 2012
Debra Lordan - Editor/General Manager , The Maui Weekly

Get yer mota runnin. Head out on that highway. Yes, motorcycling riding is a blast, but it can also be very dangerous if you don't have total control over those hundreds of pounds of metal and rubber.

If you are just learning, wanting to brush up on your motorcycle skills, or just an uneasy rider, instead of attending the school of hard knocks, broken bones and road rash, why not sign up for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic Rider Course now offered by EdVenture at UH Maui College (UHMC)?

"Maui residents have been waiting a long time for this, and I am so excited that it has all come together," explained Lori Teragawachi, director of the Office of Continuing Education and Training at UHMC. "Over the past few years, we have been accumulating quite a waiting list for this, and now we can start getting students on motorcycles!"

The program began last weekend, and Marc Antosch, creative designer, program promoter, and now, motorcycle safety instructor at UHMC, assures us that the classes will take place almost every weekend from here on out, continuing routinely for months and years to come.

This three-day program, which will be held on Friday evenings at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays starting at 7 a.m., consists of both classroom instruction as well as hands-on range coaching with motorcycles provided to UHMC by Leeward Community College.

Successful completion of the Basic Rider Course will prepare you to safely ride a motorcycle and provide you with a waiver so you don't have to take the Department of Motor Vehicles' Motorcycle Skills test. However, students will still have to pass a written test (permit test) required by the DMV to get their motorcycle license.

When you consider the inordinate number of motorcycle accidents that occur on Maui--at least six of the 20 fatal crashes on Maui County roads in 2011 involved a motorcycle--every safety advantage should be utilized to decrease that number.

Whether you were born to be wild or born to be mild, a motorcycle safety class just might save your life.

"It's great news for Maui, and offers the community a positive and safe environment to learn or brush-up on their motorcycle skills," said Diane Grogan, operations manager for EdVenture.

Lookin' for Edventure, in whatever comes your way? Then sign up at (808) 984-3231 today.



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