‘Wolfhound’ bikers rally in support of motorcycle safety

| February 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
Soldiers of 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt.,”Wolfhound,” 2nd BCT, 25th ID, prepare to participate in a unit ride, Jan. 27, along Oahu’s north shore. The ride is part of an ongoing effort to improve motorcycle safety habits among Soldiers.

Soldiers of 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt.,”Wolfhound,” 2nd BCT, 25th ID, prepare to participate in a unit ride, Jan. 27, along Oahu’s north shore. The ride is part of an ongoing effort to improve motorcycle safety habits among Soldiers.

Story and Photos by
Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The “Wolfhound” motorcycle riders of 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, are up to speed and on the right track.

Wolfhound Soldiers participated in a spiritual motorcycle ride along Oahu’s north shore, Jan. 27, in an effort to reinforce safety among the unit’s riders.

Unit leaders are aware that motorcycle riding in itself has a lot of inherent risk, and they are taking every step possible to ensure their Soldiers have the best training and mentorship available.

 Chaplain (Capt.) Charles Lowman, chaplain, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., “Wollfhounds,” 2nd BCT, 25th ID, performs pre-ride safety inspections on the motorcycles participating in the unit’s group ride, Jan. 27.

Chaplain (Capt.) Charles Lowman, chaplain, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., “Wollfhounds,” 2nd BCT, 25th ID, performs pre-ride safety inspections on the motorcycles participating in the unit’s group ride, Jan. 27.

One effective tool is group riding.

“In the past, we’ve seen that accidents can happen regardless of rank,” said Sgt. 1st Class Les Miller, motorcycle mentor, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT. “Events like this let Wolfhounds gather and talk about safety in a less formal environment, reinforcing the true importance of safety and not just repeating regulation.”

The ride began with an inspection of all the participating motorcycles using the 25th ID’s motorcycle safety checklist.

“We check all parts of the motorcycle,” Miller said, “from lights and tires, to the Soldier’s documents and certifications. It’s important to ensure they are ready to ride safely.”

Riding as a group also helps teach Soldiers proper safety practices needed to operate their machines.

“When you ride with other people, it’s easier to do the right thing,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Charles Lowman, chaplain, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT.

“Riding in groups helps the Soldiers to maintain the standard because their peers and leaders are with them,” Miller said.

Motorcycle groups are not uncommon among military posts as their presence helps to ensure safer riding conditions as a whole.

“Groups on post help ensure young Soldiers learn the correct way to ride,” Miller said. “Riding is a learned skill, and having a mentor can greatly increase safety while learning.”

Spiritual fitness is a growth process, just as riding a motorcycle is, Lowman said. Having a mentor is equally important in both.

Group and unit motorcycle rides are another way the Army is trying to prevent motorcycle-related accidents and fatalities.

“The Army is helping to ensure Soldiers are safe when they ride by organizing events like this,” Miller said. “Soldiers have some time off during the duty day to go do something they love, while their leaders are able to assess their abilities and safety habits.”

It’s important that leaders take an active role in the safety of their Soldiers, especially those who ride, Lowman said.

Leaders, even those who don’t ride, can help to ensure rider safety by performing regular motorcycle inspections and spot checks on personal protective equipment.

Motorcycles can be an excellent way for Soldiers to enjoy their spare time. However, the risk involved in riding must be mitigated by proper training, supervision and personal responsibility.

 

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