• Sgt. Jared Kent (Right), a Soldier with the Horse Detachment, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and a Troop level Motorcycle Mentor, is inspecting Staff Sgt. Christopher Stewart's, a Soldier with the Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, motorcycle. The inspections ensure that the Soldier's motorcycle is in good working condition and street legal. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Denitra T. Halford, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Public Affairs / Released)

    Sgt. Jared Kent (Right), a Soldier with the...

    Sgt. Jared Kent (Right), a Soldier with the Horse Detachment, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and a Troop level Motorcycle Mentor, is inspecting Staff Sgt. Christopher Stewart's, a Soldier with the Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 11th...

  • Sgt. David Beckstrom, a troop level Motorcycle Mentor with the Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, is monitoring as 1st Lt. Justin Butt, the Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop Executive Officer, maneuvers through the Quick Swerve Motorcycle Drill. Drills like this helps ensure that the motorcycle riding Soldiers are safe while they are riding on the road. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Denitra T. Halford, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Public Affairs / Released)

    Sgt. David Beckstrom, a troop level Motorcycle...

    Sgt. David Beckstrom, a troop level Motorcycle Mentor with the Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, is monitoring as 1st Lt. Justin Butt, the Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop Executive Officer...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Ashmead, the 21st Command Sgt. Maj. of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, is talking with some of the motorcycle riders from Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 11th ACR about why the Motorcycle Mentorship Program is important. "The Army could say that while you are in the service you cannot ride a motorcycle, but instead they have created a training program to ensure your safety," said Ashmead. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Denitra T. Halford, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Public Affairs / Released)

    Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Ashmead, the 21st...

    Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Ashmead, the 21st Command Sgt. Maj. of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, is talking with some of the motorcycle riders from Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 11th ACR about why the Motorcycle Mentorship Program is...

  • Sgt. David Beckstrom (Right), a Troop level Motorcycle Mentor with the Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, give the Quick Stop signal to Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Ashmead, the 21st Command Sgt. Maj. of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, during the training drill Stopping in a Curve. Drills like this ensure that the motorcycle riding Soldiers have a good grasp of the riding basics and are safe riders. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Denitra T. Halford, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Public Affairs / Released)

    Sgt. David Beckstrom (Right), a Troop level...

    Sgt. David Beckstrom (Right), a Troop level Motorcycle Mentor with the Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, give the Quick Stop signal to Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Ashmead, the 21st Command Sgt. Maj. of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, during...

  • Spc. Christopher Nelson, a Soldier assigned to the Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, is filling out paper work for his motorcycle prior to an inspection from the Troop Motorcycle Mentor. The Motorcycle Mentorship Program aims to ensure the safety of motorcycle riding Soldiers. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Denitra T. Halford, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Public Affairs / Released)

    Spc. Christopher Nelson, a Soldier assigned to...

    Spc. Christopher Nelson, a Soldier assigned to the Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, is filling out paper work for his motorcycle prior to an inspection from the Troop Motorcycle Mentor. The Motorcycle Mentorship Program aims to ensure...

FORT IRWIN, Calif. -- The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment conducted a Motorcycle Safety Ride Aug. 1.

The ride started at the Motorcycle Training Range for inspections and riding drills before heading to Victorville, Calif. This allowed mentors to assess each motorcycle for street legality, its mechanical integrity, and the competency of the riders.

"I think that the check ride was fun and helpful, because it made sure that my bike and I were ready to ride," said Spc. Keely George, a motorcycle rider with the Horse Detachment, Regimental Sustainment Squadron, 11th ACR. "The inspections that we did today made sure that my bike is in working order and that I will not be a danger to other riders or motorists around me."

Army regulations mandate that motorcycle inspections be conducted every quarter. The ride is voluntary but encouraged.

"I want to stress the importance of attending at least one check ride per quarter," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Carl J. Schimpf, a Squadron level Motorcycle Mentor with RSS, 11th ACR. "It is important, because some people who have just gotten bikes or haven't ridden for a while might not be as comfortable with riding in a group or by themselves. These check rides give them the chance to get that experience in a safe environment."

As Troopers consider purchasing motorcycles, the Army also mandates that Soldiers complete riding courses within the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. The MSF is a non-profit organization that 'makes motorcycling safer and more enjoyable by ensuring access to lifelong quality education and training for current and prospective riders, and by advocating a safer riding environment,' the mission statement of the MSF program.

I strongly suggest going to the Basic Riders Course through the MSF program before you buy the bike, said Sgt. Alexander Etesami, a rider with the 51st Tactical Interpreter Company, RSS, 11th ACR. By learning and applying the things taught in that class, you become a safer rider.

To register for one of these classes, go to https://apps.imcom.army.mil/AIRS and schedule a class.

"The Army could say that no Soldier will ride a motorcycle while they are in the service," said Command Sgt. Maj. Carl A. Ashmead, the 21st Command Sgt. Maj. of the 11th ACR. "Instead, they have setup the MMP training program for Soldiers to get the practice and knowledge they need to be safe riders."

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