What you need to know before riding your motorcycle

What you need to know before riding your motorcycle
Shiloh Back, Student
Shiloh Back, Student

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - The sunny South Georgia temperatures have a lot more bikers taking their motorcycles out on the road. Several people learned more about how to operate them safely.

Several bikers in Tifton are ready to take the knowledge they've learned, and take their motorcycles out on the roads. Shiloh Back came from Valdosta to attend the Tifton Harley-Davidson Riding Academy.

"Even the experienced riders that I've known always say that they have always gotten more out of this than anything else, things that they normally don't think about," said Shiloh Back.

The four-day course teaches bikers how to control a motorcycle, operate the transmission, turn and stop.

"This class is designed to take a non-riding beginner and bring them to a level by Sunday afternoon where they are capable of handling moderate activity on a motorcycle in traffic," said Herb Pilcher, instructor.

Every rider wears a Department of Transportation approved helmet, eye protection, long sleeves, jeans, boots, and gloves. Instructors say people on bikes have to pay close attention to their surroundings.

"A rider is going to have to be very aware of the limitations in terms of his personal safety and learn to develop some mental skills for observing and predicting what traffic is going to happen around him," said Herb Pilcher.

Because other drivers may not be paying attention, which is why it's important for drivers to be aware and share the road.

"Watch for motorcycles, if you're not looking for them you don't see them," said Clarence Way, instructor. "You have to train yourself to see motorcycles."

Back says he's glad he took the course, and would recommend it to anyone.

"I would suggest it to anybody, whether you're an experienced rider or not," said Back. "There's little things that might save your life or somebody else's one day."

For more information on the Tifton Harley-Davidson Riding Academy call 229-387-8855.