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Pence to take motorcycle lessons

Gov. Mike Pence will have his first Harley-Davidson motorcycle lesson Friday, and plans to continue former Gov. Mitch Daniels' annual fall charity ride.

"I'll be heavily helmeted and padded," Pence said, noting he rode as a kid but it has been a long time and his skills need to be polished up.

He doesn't own a Harley, and will borrow one for the official ride. He joked it could be on his Christmas list, though.

Daniels led the ride all eight years in office. It is free, although bikers are encouraged to make a donation to the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund. Through the years more than $30,000 has been raised.

The annual event is coordinated by ABATE of Indiana and participation grew to 700 bikers. ABATE promotes motorcycle safety and also trains riders.

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