Experience or not, bikers on Motorcycles got a lesson in safety on Saturday from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
The Rider Education Facility, also known as the “R.E.F.” vehicle, was at Rod's Ride On Powersports in La Crosse on Saturday. The 40-foot long vehicle serves as a classroom on wheels, as any person could take the “introduction to the motorcycle experience” 90-minute class.
On the interactive learning environment for riders and non-riders, students had the opportunity to work with coaches, simulated training systems, and learn how to operate a clutch and a throttle on a motorcycle. Students also learned about how to properly share the road, avoid crashes, and how to be more aware of traffic and road hazards.
“Not every school has every class, because of the amount of training and different things that are required, but we give you the opportunity to find out where it is,” Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program Community Specialist Bill Murphy said. “Once you're an experienced rider, you can go out and challenge yourself to even more difficult courses."
The vehicle included two SMARTrainers, traffic simulators designed to give riders a real-world experience riding in traffic and on public roads. The vehicle will travel to the Wisconsin Dells on Wednesday.