Whenever Mark Sprayberry hops on his motorcycle, he's ready to experience the open road.
Unfortunately for him and other motorcycle enthusiasts in Oklahoma City, other drivers don't seem too eager to share the road.
“Getting cut off in traffic is a pretty regular occasion,” Sprayberry said. “Getting your skills tuned up is important to stay safe out there.”
Sprayberry along with nearly 40 other motorcycle riders participated Saturday morning in Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City's second annual Ready to Ride Event.
The event allowed Sprayberry, 51, and others to hone their safe driving skills as the peak motorcycle season draws near.
“Just coming off the interstate today I found a pothole the size of a Volkswagen,” Sprayberry said. “We were able to swerve around it thankfully. I ride most of the year but even though I do, I find that I need a little bit of concentrated effort from time to time especially in the area of braking techniques and cornering.”
OSU-OKC offered the event to celebrate Motorcycle Awareness Month. Drivers who participated were able to learn maneuvering techniques such as emergency braking, swerving, avoidance techniques, counter steering and road speed cornering.
Event Director Ruthann Baugh said it was a pleasure to see how many people took advantage of the lessons.
“This event kind of kicks off the month really well,” she said. “It's a nice spring tuneup so people can hone their skills in advance of spring riding season.”
Sprayberry also brought along his daughter, Caitlin, who is his riding companion. He said taking the time to get comfortable with your bike is crucial to keeping safe.
“Get comfy with the motorcycle before you go out in traffic,” he said. “This event is nice because it gets you some seat time in more rural environments before you try and conquer the Crosstown.”