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MARQUETTE– May is National Motorcycle Awareness Month reminding drivers to 'look twice and save a life.'
"So, if motorists can please give them and a allow them a little extra room, they can stop quicker," said Trooper Stacey Rasanen, Michigan State Police – Negaunee Post. "So, stay back, share the road with people and that will make sure that all motorists that are using the road are safe."
Michigan State Police says motorcycles do at times swerve. With potholes, road debris and road kill there are also tips that bikers can use to keep themselves safe.
"We like high visibility stuff," said Jason Zambon, General Manager, Bald Eagle Harley-Davidson. "Even if you're wearing leather, the new leather jackets. Even if they're black, they've had the new reflective piping that's been added to them."
Harley-Davidson has recently been making it a standard to have LED lights on their bikes which makes the lights brighter.
Another newer item is rain gear, with the amount of rain we see in the U.P. throughout the warmer months, the business says it's important for bikers to wear the appropriate gear.
"It's set for the road. It's for reflective piping on it," said Zambon. "Typically, it's higher in visibility colors. It doesn't shred on you in the wind and things like that."
Before motorcyclists hit the roads for the season, Bald Eagle Harley-Davidson is holding free safety inspections from May 14th through the 31st.
"Tire pressures are a thing we like to check," said Zambon. "With sitting all winter, they tend to bleed down and that can lead to a really unsafe riding condition. And then just checking your blinkers, your taillights, your headlights, making sure nothing burnt out."
Zambon says people just need to call the store to set up an appointment.