Minn. selects Kymco for training program

State adds to rider safety program fleet

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Feb. 19, 2010
Minnesota is adding 21 Kymco Quannon 150 motorcycles to the state’s rider education and safety training program.

Kymco vehicles were selected for the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Program after a bidding process that evaluated quality, performance and price.

“The Quannon proved to have enough power to do well on the training range, and it is a very manageable bike for beginner riders,” said Bill Shaffer, Administrator of the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Program. “What we look for is a very reliable bike that will start every time, even in cold weather.  And it must stand up really well to novice riders. We need a motorcycle that can endure a fall-over and still be able to be put right back into service.”

The 2010 Kymco Quannon 150's seat height of 31 inches was one factor behind the State of Minnesota's decision.

North Mankato, Minn., dealer Starr Cycle will supply the 2010 Kymco Quannon 150 bikes, and will provide maintenance service. Delivery of the 21 units is expected in mid-April for the start of the state’s safety course. The Kymco motorcycles will join a fleet of approximately 330 vehicles in the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Program.

The program operates at 31 locations across Minnesota with over 200 rider coaches teaching courses based on the Motorcycle Safety Foundation curriculum.