Learn to Ride Like A Pro

From Issue: 
Vol LI, No. 2, May 2007

By Jo-Anne Farquhar, the Manager of Communications for the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV)

Ground Hog day has come and gone.  We have managed to stumble through the winter blahs.  And according to weather forecasters, spring is just around the corner. You say, “And your point is!”… Well, for motorcycle and off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts these are all indicators that the start of another season of great riding is just about upon us.

Understand that devoted riders don’t sit ideally by counting their fingers and toes through out the winter months.  If they aren’t in the garage fine tuning and polishing their bikes, they are attending motorcycle and OHV shows.  This is where the excitement really starts to build; especially for the crowd of close to 200,000 people who passed through the turnstiles at MMIC’s motorcycle shows held in Toronto , Calgary , Edmonton , Vancouver , Quebec City and Montreal .

People not only leave the shows with renewed enthusiasm for the upcoming season but they also leave with helpful safety tips in the form of pamphlets and CD’s on “How To Ride Like A Pro,” at no cost from the MMIC booth. 

Since 1971, the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) has been the voice representing the responsible interests of Canada ’s motorcycle industry. Education and rider training are extremely important to us at the MMIC but we also play a vital role as the advocate for our member companies, distributors and the riding community.

The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) plays a similar role to the MMIC but only deal with the off-road side of riding.  ATV’s and off-road motorcycles are its bailiwick. 

In our ongoing endeavors to protect everyone’s responsible right to ride, MMIC and COHV work with Canada ’s federal and provincial governments and advocacy groups on issues that directly impact the motorcycle and OHV industry.  Issues such as who can ride, where to ride, education, safety and enforcement are always on our radar screen. We want potential riders to learn about the world of motorcycles and OHV’s as an inclusive, welcoming one in which just about everyone can participate safely, easily, while having fun at the same time.

With fun comes responsibility.  Record-breaking sales of motorcycles and ATV’s in 2006 tell us that there are more and more individuals discovering the joy of riding motorcycles and off-highway vehicles. 

Families, friends and tourists are taking advantage of the opportunity to get out and enjoy the beauty of Canada ’s countryside.

Both novice and experienced riders should take the initiative and enroll in a training course to ensure safety on the road.

The MMIC and COHV fund and promote recognized rider training programs across Canada . Both novice and experienced riders receive rider training with instructors who are highly experienced riders and qualified trainers in motorcycle safety.

Novice riders can enroll in a course offered by the Canada Safety Council (CSC). The CSC training course, “Gearing Up" is a program developed by motorcyclists for motorcyclists. At the end of the course you'll be tested to determine how well you've learned. More importantly, though, the final test gives you, the student a good idea of where your weaknesses are and how to improve on them.

Motorcycling remains one of the most affordable forms of recreation and is a good way to escape the pressure of everyday life.  Most important, remember that training and education are key to safe riding. 

For more information check out our website at:

www.mmic.ca or www.cohv.ca or the CSC web site at: canadasafetycouncil.org.