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Service Members Improve Their Riding Through Military Sport Bike Training Classes

Brian Goodwin, Navy Public Affairs Support Element - East

Kristen Montejo, lead instructor for a new one-day Sport Bike Rider Safety Course held aboard Naval Station Norfolk, demonstrates proper cornering to students during the practical block of instruction. The course is designed specifically for active duty military and Department of Defense civilian sport bike riders and satisfies the mandatory recertification requirements all Virginia riders must have. Petty Officer 2nd Class John Stratton

NORFOLK, Va. 09.15.2009

Instructors from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation gathered at Naval Station Norfolk to teach the Military Sport Bike Course to service members, Sept. 14.

MSF's objectives were to improve control and make individuals aware of safety on high maneuvering vehicles.

"We teach basic riders course classes once a week in the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads by going to Little Creek, Oceana, and Norfolk," said Kristen Montejo, a volunteer instructor with MSF. "We've been teaching service members for over a year."

During 2009, the Naval Safety Center has totaled within the Navy and Marine Corps of 26 fatalities; 12 alone from the "101 Critical Days of Summer".

"During late spring, the motorcycle season starts kicking off because most service members will drive their cars during the winter," said David Brown, a statistics member at Navy Safety Center. "However, the fatality rate for this year alone has dropped significantly due to the training that is offered to motorcyclists."

To begin the MSBC, an individual must have a motorcycle endorsement on their license. They arrive with their bikes to begin learning important safety tips and better handling of their machine.

Petty Officer 1st Class Benjamin Abrams from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower said he benefited from the training so that he might enjoy his riding experience even more.

"Sport bikes are so much fun to ride," he said. "I enjoy it for the speed and thrills. When you get a chance to ride away from traffic and you're able to ride in the country you get to smell your environment. I feel so much more when I'm on a bike versus a car."

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