By Elvia Kelly, Fort Stewart Public AffairsMay 31, 2012
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Honda CBRs, Harley Davidson Street Glides, Suzuki GSXRs, Yamaha YZF-Rs and Harley Fat Boys are just a few of the many different types of motorcycles roaring its engines and popping its mufflers at the Motorcycle Safety Day event at Fort Stewart, May 24. In observance of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Installation Safety Office coordinated a day filled with safety awareness tips and activities for the motorcycle enthusiast.
"We invited all the motorcycle riders from Division and Garrison to come out for a motorcycle safety day in response to Motorcycle Safety Month," Jeffrey Willis said, Occupational Health and Safety specialist for ISO. "What we [did] is go over safety issues for motorcycles and have a little fun."
More than 250 motorcycle riders attended the day's event. They received bike inspections and viewed motorcycle safety gear presented by Southern Biker Gear out of Richmond Hill. The Harley Davidson Dealership was also available at Motorcycle Safety Day.
"Units have been inspecting bikes all morning to make sure that all their bikes are in good working condition before they came here," Willis explained. "We're going to do a couple of riding demonstrations with the Soldiers. The ones who win are going to get gifts. Towards the end of the [event], we're going to get each brigade to nominate one bike as the best looking bike. Then I and a few others are going to judge the best looking bike for the Division. [The winner] is going to win a few goodies."
Loud music played as riders fired-off their bikes at the new motorcycle training range. From crotch rockets to cruisers, the Motorcycle Safety Day event was one place for all bike enthusiasts to be informed on motorcycle safety and tips for optimal defensive riding.
"It's an opportunity for the motorcycle community to gather together," said Staff Sgt. Roger Smith, gunnery sergeant with 1HBCT. "My safety message is be defensive. Always be defensive; always keep your head on a swivel. Pay attention to what you are doing and ride defensively."
Staff Sergeant Smith rides a 2011 Harley Davidson Street Glide. For the day's festivities, he said he just wanted to have a good time and see other motorcyclists engaged in the activities.
The event was not just for the avid rider, but it was also for potential riders and unit mentors.
"It was a good time for the riders to get their bikes inspected," Willis said. "It was a good turn-out."