HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --
(Editor's Note: Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements.)
The 49th Wing Safety office hosted the annual Holloman Motorcycle Ride here Aug. 26.
Nearly 40 riders from Holloman participated in the 100-mile ride that promoted safe habits and improved riders’ skills.
“It’s a great opportunity for all kinds of riders,” said Daniel, a 49th Wing Safety Technician. “This gives an opportunity for some of the riders to go through some of the hills and practice some of their skills that they have learned.”
For some new riders, like Airman 1st Class Keagen, the trip gives them a chance to practice their skills in the mountains.
“This is my first time riding with a large group,” said Keagen, a 49th Material Maintenance Squadron power production technician. “Just riding with other people is a great experience.”
Daniel recognizes the dangers associated with riding motorcycles, and reminds Airmen to practice safe habits when they’re on the road.
“The number one killer of Air Force members are motorcycle accidents,” said Daniel, who has over 40 years of experience riding motorcycles. “So, the number one thing you want to do is take a motorcycle class. Then, make sure that you wear Personal Protective Equipment and respect your motorcycle.”
Respecting your motorcycle means knowing the limits of the bike and the rider. Pushing those limits increases the amount of risk the rider takes and can cause an accident.
“What I want bikers to keep in mind is that when you’re riding, you’re invisible,” Daniel said. “So, what you want to do is make yourself visible by keeping an eye on traffic, wear the proper PPE and ride out there nice and safe.”