Motorcyclists are being urged to "Gear Up" and ride smart by the Illinois Department of Transportation.  Before you head out on your bike, IDOT recommends you make some preparations, such as taking a free safety refresher course.

Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association President Jay Hall says bike maintenance is also very important.

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Drivers need to do their part as well, and keep an extra eye out for motorcycles.  For more safety tips and a list of course offerings, click on the link at this story at

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