Lake County IL Motorcycle safety class looking for a new home – Chicago Tribune

ABATE Region 2 Safety Class Needs Home

ABATE Region 2 motorcycle rider training
John “Bear” Hewitt of ABATE Region 2 – (source: Joe Puchek / Post-Tribune)

As recently reported in the Chicago Tribune, motorcycle rider safety classes in Lake County, Illinois will need a new home as of 2018.

ABATE has been providing annual rider safety classes in the Lake County Government Center parking lot for nearly 20 years and is disappointed they have to look for another home.  As quoted to the Post-Tribune, John “Bear” Hewitt says: “We’ll find something somewhere.  It always seems to come together.”  But ABATE acknowledges it’s a problem to move.

It’s not just about the money . . . or is it?

ABATE pays about $500 annually for the use of the space.  A competitive offer was received for $1000 a month . . . and was denied.

A Lake County government official notes that the county needed to decide if it was in the business of renting space or not.  And it determined it isn’t.

Read the original report here from the Chicago Post-Tribune.

Motorcycle Riding Schools – Learn How to Ride a Motorcycle in Louisiana

Learn How to Ride a Motorcycle in Louisiana

Louisiana Motorcycle Riding SchoolsTo fully enjoy a lasting motorcycle experience, every rider should learn how to ride safely.  The best place to learn how to ride a motorcycle is at motorcycle riding schools approved by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

These are some of the motorcycle riding schools found in Louisiana:

Bayou Country Harley-Davidson

The Rider’s Edge of Bayou Country Harley-Davidson offers motorcycle training courses that will teach all the skills you need to hit the road with confidence.  They also provide friendly and enthusiastic Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified instructors. Successful completion of the course may streamline your motorcycle licensing or will help you get a discount on motorcycle insurance. For more information, please call 985-872-4380 of fax 985-872-4387.

Crescent City Motorcycle Training

Crescent City Motorcycle Training is one of Louisiana’s independently owned Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) certified training programs. According to their official website, it is also New Orleans’ motorcycle and scooter training destination where  motorcycles are furnished during training and students are taught the basic operation of a motorcycle within a three-day training session. For more information, please visit Class Schedule or Register Online or call (504) 442-4777 or (504) 263-5845.

Hammond Harley-Davidson

Whether you are a novice rider or have been on the road for a long time, Rider’s Edge, the Hammond Harley-Davidson’s Academy of Motorcycle has the right motorcycle training course for you. They offer New Ride Course and Skilled Rider Course approved by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.  For class schedules, contact (985) 345-8381, fax (985) 345-8341 or email [email protected].

New Orleans Harley-Davidson

The Rider’s Edge program is now available at New Orleans Harley-Davidson. The Rider’s Edge delivers the basics of motorcycle operation in Harley-Davidson style.  The courses they offer include 25 hours of expert guidance from Motorcycle Safety Foundation and H-D certified instructors. For more information regarding the program, contact 886-751-2691.

Renegade Harley-Davidson

With a proven blend of classroom instruction and range riding, the Rider’s Edge New Rider Course in Louisiana delivers the basics of motorcycle operation in a Harley-Davidson style. They offer courses approved by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and are taught by devoted instructors certified by both the MSF and Harley-Davidson to create a relaxed and supportive environment that fosters camaraderie and confidence.  For course schedule and registration, call 888-807-1688.


Riding is a motorcycle safety training academy serving motorcycle riders of Shreveport/Bossier City. According to their site, it is their goal to teach good riding habits, hone riding skills, and make riders aware of the hazards on the road. They offer three Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) certified courses: Basic Rider Course (BRC),  3 Wheel Basic Rider Course (3W BRC)  and Experience [or Advanced] Rider Course (ERC). For questions and comments, please visit

Louisiana Department of Public Safety

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety now offers Basic Rider, Intermediate and Advanced Rider motorcycle safety classes.  Courses are offered throughout the state, with most availability in: Hammond, Lafayette and Zachary (Baton Rouge).  See the weblink above or call (225) 925-6113, ext. 224, for more information.

NOLA Riding Academy

NOLA Riding Academy provides not only new motorcycle rider instruction, but also track riding instruction and track bike rentals.  They are self-proclaimed motorcycle enthusiasts that love to ride and all instructors are certified by certified the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF).  The home track is Nola Motorsports Park in Avondale Louisiana.  You can check them out on Twitter also @clintaustin

These are some of  the best motorcycle riding schools and training centers in the state of Louisiana.

Are we missing a school on our list? Or did you attend one of these schools and want to leave a review for future riders? Leave a Comment and share what you know.

Racing a Motorcycle Across the US? Try to Beat this Guy

Carl Reiss: source WIRED
WIRED: Carl Reiss who just set the speed record for crossing the U.S. on a motorcycle

Dude sets speed record for racing a motorcycle across the U.S.

As reported on WIRED magazine (author Jordan Crucchiola), Carl Reiss just set the speed record for crossing the U.S. on a motorcycle in a spectacular time just short of 40 hours.  He’s just set his sixth timed “Cannonball Run” record and I’m surehes’ a shoe-in for the classic “Iron Butt” challenge.

I tried the Iron Butt Rally – actually made the ride from Chicago to Portland, Maine under time.  Even had a cop in Portland sign the gas slip at the gas station when we finally arrived.  Just short of 24 hours.  And I can tell you that even at the age of 28, I was wiped out – wind battered, cold, wet and tired.  Oh, and like Carl, I did it on a lovely beemer.

I can’t image a 39+ hour blast across the country.

But there’s so much in the details of his ride – from conditioning his butt for the long haul, swearing off caffeine and sugar for weeks before, to having support crews staged throughout the trip – that differed from my raw attempt at racing a motorcycle and getting one-third of the way across the U.S. in just 24 hours.

Pretty amazing feat, actually.  The few ways to beat him?  Go faster (he averaged 73 mph!), sleep less (he had a one hour nap), and don’t get a flat tire.

Alabama to require (again!) Motorcycle Licenses

Alabama House Bill 212 Brings the Motorcycle License Back

Under a new bill passed on Tuesday, April 14th by the Alabama House of Representatives, motorcycle riders will have to, again, have a motorcycle qualification on their driving license to legally pilot a bike.

This “new” regulation, comes by reversal of a prior licensing legislation mistake in 1990, that elminted the motorcycle classification.

If approved in the Alabama Senate, the law will take effect on Jan 1, 2016.

Here’s the link to AL HB212.