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Mobile Motorcycle TrainingSubmitted: 09/13/2013
Story By Dan McKinney


TOMAHAWK - "The Freedom, the freedom," says motorcyclist John Ralph.

John Ralph started riding free in 1995. This weekend, he will ride with about 40,000 other motorcyclists in Tomahawk's Fall Ride.

"We're ghosts out there, no one sees us. So we always have to be alert, "says Ralph.

"Training will make you a better rider and safer out on the road" says Community Service Specialist for the Wisconsin State Patrol Ken Heis.



Ken Heis is at the Fall Ride to make sure everyone is safer on the road. He's in charge of The REF. It's a classroom on wheels for motorcyclists.

"Training won't kill you," says Heis.

But not knowing what you're doing will kill you.

"Last year, 48% of our motorcyclists that were killed in motorcycle accidents, 116 total last year, 48% were not properly endorsed," says Heis.

That's why John keeps up on his driver training.

"The thing about motorcycle riding, no matter how long you've been riding, you're never that good, where you can't learn something more," says Ralph.

Learning something more is important, so is wearing something more.

"The only thing you have on a motorcycle to protect you is what you wear. If a rock hits you in the head without a helmet or you go down and bump your head, even the slightest bump means that your days of riding could be over," says Heis.

John is doing his best to make sure he has many more days of riding ahead.
"Enjoy the ride, get your training, and don't ride beyond your limits or abilities," says Ralph.



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