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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Officials with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety are giving motorcyclists a chance to test their rider skills, and be evaluated by a certified instructor.

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Officials will have the Motorcycle Safety Center's SMARTrainer at the Vintage Motorcycle Show on Friday and Saturday at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

The trainer has standard controls found on a real motorcycle and a virtual environment to practice riding.

Preliminary reports for this year show that 12 riders have lost their lives on Minnesota roads. A total of 55 rider deaths were reported in all of 2012.

Motorcycle ridership is at record-high levels in Minnesota. There are over 237,000 registered motorcycles and 405,000 licensed operators in the state.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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