Motorcycle training urged following fatal accident

Law dictates training, license endorsement

SAN ANTONIO - Against the advice of the dealership who had just sold Ruben Esteban Arizmendi, 25, a motorcycle Tuesday evening, he drove the 2007 Kawasaki cycle from the lot and onto the Interstate access 10 road near DeZavala Road.

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He apparently lost control moments later, and skidded into the path of an SUV and was killed, investigators said.

Arizmendi did not have a motorcycle operator’s license and it is unclear whether he had any formal training.

“Before you make a purchase decision, we recommend that you get some education about the activity you want to become involved in,” said Cathe Bochat, who runs the Motorcycle School in San Antonio.

Bochat said that formal motorcycle education is a requirement before you get a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license. And you must have that endorsement to legally operate a motorcycle on the street.

“One of the things we teach you is how to avoid dangerous areas,” Bochat said as she discussed the classes taught at the school. "You are not alone out there and you have to be aware of other motorists who may not see you.”

“You’re very vulnerable. You don’t have a seatbelt, you don’t have airbags,” she said.”You don’t have anything but your wits about you.”

That, Bochat said, is the key to safe motorcycling.

“Riding is 90 percent mental,” she said. “It’s a skill of the eyes and mind.”

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