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Motorcycle education trainer THE REF at Tomahawk for Fall Ride '13

THE REF, or Transportable High-End Rider Education Facility, used to help new and experienced motorcycle riders be more safe.
THE REF, Transportable High-End Rider Education Facility, set up for motorcycle safety education.  It features video presentations, simulators, and a knowledgeable staff to answer questions.
THE REF, or Transportable High-End Rider Education Facility, used to help new and experienced motorcycle riders be more safe.

TOMAHAWK, Wis. (WSAU) - The Department of Transportation is in Tomahawk for the Fall Ride this weekend with their high tech motorcycle training system.

It's THE REF, the Transportable High-End Rider Education Facility. Coordinator Peggy Drinsinger says they're hoping to reach plenty of people this weekend. "Fall Ride brings a lot of riders into the area, and there's some things that even experienced riders can pick up on."

The 40-foot-long REF trailer was built through federal funding and aims to teach riders and drivers how to better share the roads. You can get interactive lessons on crash avoidance and awareness of traffic and road hazards. "It looks like a motorcycle with a screen in front of it. It's a virtual trainer. You get the virtual riding experience in front of you."

Drinsinger says it's all part of the Zero in Wisconsin Philosophy. "We're sharing the highways with every motorist, so we're trying to get everyone to watch out for motorcycles, and motorcycles to look out for everyone else."

THE REF will be at Sara Park Friday and Saturday from 9 to 5.

More information about THE REF is available online.

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