Motorcyclists Test Skills on State's Virtual Simulator

December 10, 2017 06:35 PM

Thousands of bikers gathered in Minneapolis over the weekend for the Progressive International Motorcycle Show.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety used the opportunity to get its SMARTrainer ready to ride for motorcyclists, new and experienced, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The interactive simulator lets people test out their skills in a virtual experience.

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Gripping real handlebars and with their feet on shifters, riders watch the screen to maneuver around obstacles, like wildlife and rocks. Certified riding instructors, like Catten Ely, stand by to provide feedback.

 "If you do all the things we teach in the classes on here, you'll do really well," Ely said.

Ely said the goal is to prevent motorcycle crashes. So far this year, preliminary data shows 53 riders have died on Minnesota roads. The state saw the same number of motorcycle fatalities in 2016.

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Tyler Berg

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