Motorcycle Classics of Maryland owners among safety instructors at Xcitement Day

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Dealer Charles "Chuck" Banks Jr., owner of Motorcycle Classics of Maryland in Boonsboro, likes to make sure his riders are safe.

Banks, 55, teaches riding courses for Hagerstown Community College and will be one of the instructors at Motorcycle Xcitement Day at Summit Point Motorsports Park in Summit Point, W.Va., May 27.

"It's an added bonus that I get to ride, too," son and co-owner Chuck Banks III, who lives in Hagerstown, told the Herald-Mail.

Between 50 and 140 motorcycle riders are expected to rev up for the event, which features tape-covered speedometers so riders focus on the track.

Riders will be split into groups based on ability level. In a controlled environment, they practice safety techniques for riding. To participate, entrants must sign a liability waiver. Bikes are inspected before they hit the road, and emergency personnel are on standby.

Racing days behind them, the Banks still love bikes.

"We eat, sleep and breathe motorcycles," Chuck Banks III says, adding he and his father spend 80 hours a week in the shop.

Chuck Banks Jr. is developing an intro to motorcycle racing class. His wife, Lois Banks, runs a riding school for kids at their Myersville farm and helps run things at the shop, as does daughter Cori Marshall, 26, of Brunswick, Md.

Posted by Holly Wagner