The new motorcycles are intended to be highly visible within the community to draw attention to the state's crackdown on DUIs, Coleman said.
Hill said the officers were getting the hang of the Spyder, which was slightly different to operate than the standard Harley Davidson.
Beckley State Police Cpl. R.E. Redden said the bike isn't difficult to drive, but it takes some getting used to.
"The slower you go, the harder it is to turn because you've got to turn every bit of the weight yourself," Redden said.
Driving the bike is more like riding on a four-wheeler rather than having to keep balance on a two-wheeled motorcycle, said Beckley State Police Sgt. J.C. Gillispie.
State Police trooper M. Moore said she felt confident driving the bike and was thankful that Coleman and Hill are patient instructors.
Wednesday, the officers will review safety procedures such as how to approach someone who is pulled over and how to use the bike for cover during a shootout. They will also be timed while they complete a course of traffic maneuvers and if they hit any traffic cones, time will be deducted from their scores.
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