News Report on Motorcycle Training Cource in Tampa Bay Area Stirs up Debate

Bay News 9 (a Tampa Bay area News Chanel) did a report today on Suncoast Safety Council"s training course in Clearwater. The article sparked a lot of comments on weather helmets save lives or not.

“The riders being trained are required to wear helmets, but how do they feel about having to wear a helmet when heading out on the road?
“I feel it"s a really good idea," Taylor said. “I feel when you"re riding a motorcycle, safety is number one."

Taylor"s classmate Charles Salvatore agrees.
“I think everybody should have a helmet," he said. “You know, just keep you safe."
And safety is what Burton teaches, and says people can benefit from training and helmets."

Here are some of the comments:

Joe wrote:A helmet just guarantees you to be on life support. I would rather die than be a veggie. I think a strict automobile driver test should be given every 4 years…not just a written one. That will solve most of the motorcycle deaths….Failure to yeild the Right of Way.

RTR wrote:Been riding for a long time. At 70 mph a helmet just makes a better looking corpse. I dont wear one my choice. I do wear a seatbelt also my choice.And if the insurance companys could find a way to charge you extra for not wearing a seatbelt it wouldnt be a law either.

Quack-Quack wrote:As a recent transplant, I still do a double take every time I see riders without helemts down here. No matter how skilled the rider, the helmet will protect them from some of these crazy Florida drivers. Helemts are a “No-Brainer". The course must be doing some good, I do see those guys out there every day on the way to work. Keep it up guys, do they have a course like this for drivers?

JB52 wrote:Traffic law enforcement will help. If you believe you ever have the right of way, get off that bike immediately and plan your funeral. That"s a tip from an old school biker!

TK wrote:I have been riding motorcycle in Florida for about 2 years now. I went through the Motorcycle Riders Association"s Safe Rider Course before I got my license. I think what the teach in this class is the key to survivial not just here in Florida but whereever you ride. To this day, I am constantly looking for ways to improve my skills, safety and visibility on the road.

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Kevin Schwantz to Conduct Military Motorcycle Training

Schwantz Motorcycle Riding School to host condensed version of curriculum at several military bases for armed forces personnel.

Schwantz Motorcycle Riding School

Kevin Schwantz has taught thousands of students how to safely ride a motorcycle, but the next class will be different.

In the middle of December, Schwantz will host a condensed version of the world famous Schwantz School for airmen at an Air Force base in Florida. (He also has a school planned at a base in California in January). Rider safety is becoming an increasingly urgent concern to the armed forces.

A recent report showed that motorcycle accidents becoming increasingly lethal among active duty personnel.

The report, in the March 2010 Medical Surveillance Monthly Report, a publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, which covered motor vehicle accidents from January 1, 1998 through September 30, 2009, noted that “the most striking finding, however, is the sharp increase in the proportion of all MVA-related deaths that are due to motorcycles accidents.

In 2008, 38% of all U.S. service members in active service (and 40% of all active component members) who were killed in motor vehicle accidents were riding motorcycles; in 2001, only 14% of all MVA-related deaths of service members were due to motorcycle accidents. The recent sharp increase in motorcycle-related deaths has been noted and aggressively countered by the Services.”

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Jim’s Harley-Davidson of St. Petersburg Offers the Rider’s Edge Course

Jim"s Harley-Davidson of St. Petersburg offers the Rider"s Edge course covering the basic motorcycle driving skills need to apply for a motorcycle license in Florida.

The class is held over a four day period several times each month, and includes both classroom and range instruction.

Police officers, firefighters, and both active and retired military personnel are eligible for discounts.

Jim"s Harley-Davidson of St. Petersburg
2805 54th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33714
(727) 527-9672

Motorcycle training at Harley Dealer Destination Daytona

Motorcycle training at Harley Dealer Destination Daytona
Volusia Motorcycle Training openning 2 new ranges:
Beach Street Harley Shop and Destination Daytona…..
Openning Jan 1 – a great way to obtain your motorcycle license.

Late sleeper? Afternoon classes also available!
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Friday: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm (approximately)
In room book study and note taking. Just classroom work, so you don"t have to wear required safety apparel. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE.

Saturday: 7:15 am to 3:00 pm (approximately)
Start out on the training range learning motorcycle basic handling, then back in-doors for book study and note taking. Take written exam and get ready for exam on range Sunday morning. You will have 1/2 hour for lunch.

Sunday: 7:15 am to 3:00 pm (approximately)
Start on the range to learn more advance motorcycle handling along with taking your riding exam. The day ends with receiving your certificate of course completion. This entitles you to receive your Florida Motorcycle license. You will have at least an hour for lunch, during which we will be getting your exam results together.