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Motorcycle Season To Start in West Virginia

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Winter is almost over and done with, as more spring-like days start popping up.  

If the bright sun and rising mercury doesn't suggest the coming of spring, the number of motorcycle riders on the roads does.

"The sun is coming out, days are getting longer. As the days are getting longer motorcyclists are definitely getting excited to get out on the road," said Mark Gricewich, owner of RG Honda-Yamaha.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 4,000 motorcycle related deaths each year.

"I don't know that motorcycles are necessarily dangerous. We just want to make sure we're properly prepared," Gricewich said.

Gricewich encourages new riders to take a beginners class. He said those who are still learning should practice their skills on roads with the least amount of traffic.

All riders should check their equipment at the start of each season.

"Controls are working, so you want to check out your equipment and make sure it's safe for operation," Gricewich said.

He suggests going over brakes, tires and controls.

"Make sure your tires are inflated and have good tred," Gricewich said.

Mirrors are also extra important for motorcycle riders.

"Maintain visibility, make sure you're not in another driver's blind spot," Gricewich said.

Gricewich highly encourages riders to invest in equipment for themselves too. He said a helmet, riding coat and gloves could prevent an injury or even death.

In addition, he said all drivers should be alert and paying attention to cars around them.

Gricewich said intersections are the most common places for motorcycle accidents, and drivers should be extra cautious when approaching them. 

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