The state Department of Transportation is urging motorcyclists to "Gear Up and Ride Smart" as they get out and enjoy the warm weather.  This year's campaign focuses on three areas to address before you start riding, according to IDOT spokesman Gianna Urgo.

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Illinois is one of only two states that offers free motorcycle training courses, for both beginners and experienced riders.  For more information and other tips, go to


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