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New motorcycle fee intended to increase safety for Oklahoma riders

A $3 fee for those registering motorcycles in Oklahoma will be used to promote safety for riders.
BY MATT PATTERSON Published: September 7, 2010
/articleid/3492431/1/pictures/1124944">Photo - A Yamaha YZF-R1 motorcycle at Maxiey's Cycle. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
A Yamaha YZF-R1 motorcycle at Maxiey's Cycle. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

"Edmond operates a very good motorcycle survival course that we have heard a lot of good feedback about," Behrens said. "They have a traveling classroom that has been successful. Those are the things I envision coming out of this."

Helmet laws

That's just fine with Tony Maxey, owner of Maxey's Cycles in Oklahoma City, a family-owned business since 1962. Maxey said if the money is used properly, it will benefit riders.

Understanding what you are riding also is helpful. Maxey said he has seen first-time riders ask about buying powerful 1000cc motorcycles.

"You get people who have never ridden before, have some extra money and want to spend it on a bike," he said. "They want the fastest bike they can get. I always ask them about their level of experience first. But when it comes down to it, as a dealer, I sell it to them."

Maxey said any training new riders receive should focus on awareness of one's surroundings and how to make motorists aware of the biker's presence. He said wearing brightly colored clothes is one way to be noticed.

While most riders seem to support the new fee, helmet laws remain a divisive issue. Behrens said the state recommends riders wear helmets, but Oklahoma has no helmet law for adults. That's just fine with Seely, who usually doesn't wear one.

"A helmet isn't going to stop a car from pulling out in front of you, which is how most accidents happen," Seely said.

"Helmet laws are bogus. They don't prevent accidents, and they limit your vision. That's like telling someone who lives in a bad neighborhood to walk around in a bulletproof vest all the time."


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