Oklahoma motorcyclists saddle up for safety training

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City's offered the training to celebrate Motorcycle Awareness Month. Participating motorcyclists learned techniques such as emergency braking, swerving, counter-steering and road-speed cornering.
by Adam Kemp Published: May 5, 2013
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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.

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by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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