Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City to offer safety course for three-wheelers
OSU-OKC will begin offering safety training for drivers of three-wheelers like the Can-Am Spyder in May. Three-wheelers are growing in popularity, especially among older riders.
After Daniel Baker bought his Spyder, the elder Baker bought his own a few weeks later.
“I was afraid if I tried to ride a two-wheeler, I would lose my balance and turn it over,” Don Baker said. “This you don't have that problem at all. It's a lot more stable.”
Ruthann Baugh, director of OSU-OKC's safety and emergency preparedness center, said many older people are interested in three-wheelers for the same reason.
They also are bigger and more visible than traditional motorcycles.
OSU-OKC already offers a motorcycle safety course, and more than 900 people took the class last year, Baugh said.
Baugh said industry analysts have determined three-wheelers are the largest growth area in the motorcycle market.
“Their sales increase in 2011 was almost 12 percent,” Baugh said. “We had a lot of people come through our motorcycle course that also ride a three-wheeler, and it's completely different. That was something we couldn't find anywhere in the state, so we thought there was a demand.”
Those interested in the course can call 945-3208 or go to www.osuokc.edu/csep. Baugh said courses will begin in May and will be at OSU-OKC's precision driving training center, 3501 W Reno Ave.
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