Motor Mentorship
Miguel Mattei, safety officer for the Regimental Riders, gives a safety briefing to members of the club before the mentorship ride at Fort Sam Houston.

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- James Stubblefield knows the importance of motorcycle safety. As the president and motorcycle mentorship coordinator of the Regimental Riders, and a U.S. Army South Office of the Command Surgeon employee, he's on a mission to educate as many riders as possible.

The Regimental Riders is a local, non-profit organization fostering a safe riding program while promoting community awareness. Members include active and retired military, Department of Defense civilians, contractors and Family members in the Fort Sam Houston and San Antonio communities.

On par with the Army's Motorcycle Mentorship Program, Regimental Riders pairs inexperienced riders with experienced riders, and through camaraderie and partnership, help individuals gain confidence on a motorcycle. Members also teach proper methods for conducting safety inspections on the bikes.

The organization implements a four-step program. First, members help newcomers get into the Basic Riders Course, then assist with obtaining a motorcycle license, followed by selecting a bike and finally mentoring during weekly rides.

"A lot of people don't know what kind of bike they want, so why not have your mentor there with you to help you decide," said Stubblefield.

Since the Regimental Riders are affiliated with the military, members follow the motorcycle safety rules prescribed by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness and Safety Center, such as wearing required personal protective equipment.

"We wear the proper PPE every time. It is a pre-requisite within my organization," said Stubblefield. "If you don't wear it, I will tell you to go home, or take you out of the club."

"There is no excuse for not being able to find someone to ride with you," said Stubblefield.

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