Oklahoma Highway Patrol offers training for motorcycle riders

Each class, which is limited to 30 participants, will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays beginning this month, Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper David Cravens said. Thirteen classes have been confirmed, but funding allows for up to 16 courses this year.
BY MATT DINGER mdinger@opubco.com Modified: March 10, 2013 at 8:19 pm •  Published: March 11, 2013

The classes will focus on advanced handling and clutch control, as well as evasion and braking techniques, he said.

“These are things that even seasoned riders can come and learn from our troopers,” Randolph said. “It will teach them to maneuver, to learn about braking, and to go over obstacles and maintain control.”

Upon completion of the course, riders will be given a certificate valid for three years, which can lower insurance premiums, Cravens said.

Required safety items are a helmet, long-sleeve shirt, pants, gloves, eye protection, and boots that cover the ankle. No one will be allowed to take the class who doesn't have all of those items.

Passengers are not allowed during the course, but spectators will be welcome.

“Basically, they get a lesson and then we start practicing. There's not a whole lot of down time. If we're sitting, we're learning,” Cravens said.