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Michiana motorcycle drivers excited for spring weather

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Spring is finally in the air and as warm weather moves into Michiana for the weekend many people are looking to do more outdoors.

Carl Dick is just one of many Michiana motorcycle drivers who took advantage of Thursday's warm temperatures.

"After a long winter and all that I just I wait to be able to get out," said Dick. "It's such a great day today."

Several motorcycle drivers were able to get on their bikes for the first time in 2013 thanks to a sunny day. It has been a long and frustrating wait for some motorcycle drivers though as the winter weather stuck around into the start of spring.

"Some years you get a lot of riding in, some years you don't and this year it hasn't been too good, but yeah it's kinda gone on for awhile," said motorcycle driver David Carr. "But it looks like [the spring] is opening up and its here."

With warm weather expected to stick around for most of the weekend, the drivers say they can't wait to get some quality rides in. However, while the temps will be ideal, motorcycle drivers say the roads might not be.

"You have road hazards that have accumulated in the winter like washouts, potholes, things like that, and be aware of things like that," said Douglas Harris. "Also remember you're riding for a new season and you're not acclimated as good."

The guys at North End Cycle say it's not just motorcycle drivers who need to be on alert. All drivers need to be aware that motorcycles are back out there.

"You need to be watching out for bikes," said Jason Lewis, North End Cycle GM. "Look twice before you pull out. It goes for the guys riding the bikes too. We have to be prepared, we have to be extra vigilant about the cars and trucks that aren't going to necessarily notice us as quickly because they haven't seen us out there for 6 months."

While the motorcyclists haven't been out there for six months though, riders say they are definitely ready to seize the next six months.

"[The weather] is fabulous," said Carr. "I look forward to this all the time. I wish I could ride all year long."

In Michigan and Indiana motorcycle drivers are not required by law to wear helmets, but North End Cycle recommends drivers wear them for adequate safety. They also say riders should wear proper padding and jackets.

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