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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Students learn basic motorcycle safety

  •      As the recession wears on and gas prices stay high, motorists continue the look for opportunities to cut back on expenses. Many begin to think about a motorcycle as an efficient alternative.

         Driving a motorcycle requires a whole new set of skills and an additional endorsement on your driver's license.


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  •      As the recession wears on and gas prices stay high, motorists continue the look for opportunities to cut back on expenses. Many begin to think about a motorcycle as an efficient alternative.
         Driving a motorcycle requires a whole new set of skills and an additional endorsement on your driver's license.
         That's where Merlin Stout and Lonewolf motorcycle safety education come in.
         Lonewolf offers two courses: the basic rider course, which covers the basics with both clasroom and hands-on riding instruction; and the full endorsement course, which includes your motorcycle dricer's license.
         The basic course costs $200 and the full license endorsement course costs $250.
         Each course is completed in three sessions: Friday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
         Subjects covered in the classroom section include different types of motorcycles and their controls, Straight line riding, turning, shifting, stopping, cornering, swerving and emergency braking.
         Students as young as 15 can enroll to take the course in preparation for getting a restricted license.
         In addition to safety and driving skills, there are other benefits to the training.
         "If you're a member of a Harley Owners Group, you get a $50 reimbursement," Stout said.
         "And once you complete the course, you can usually get up to 10% off your insurance," he added.
         Lonewolf comes to Dodge City two weekends every month, setting up a course in the parking lot of the Civic Center.
         Stout brings as many as 7 cycles for students to use during the training.
         "We do the classroom work in the Armory, then come out here for the riding part," Stout said.
         "We can all stand here and watch other people's mistakes," he told his class of five last weekend, "But then we get on the bike and we've all got the same mistakes."
         Stout was reasonally pleased with his five students — three from Garden City and one each from Liberal and Dodge City. "They're good and smooth on the throttles," he said.
         "They have to learn to lead the bike, not steer it," he said. "If they've never ridden before, it takes them about 4 hours to get comfortable."
         Lonewolf's next session in Dodge City is scheduled for Aug. 24-26 and sessions continue through October.
         To sign up for a Lonewolf class, call Shelly at Dodge City Harley, (620) 227-6351.
         Lonewolf also holds sessions in Liberal. To sign up there, call Alice at (620) 624-4200.
     

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