Story by A1C Tristan Viglianco on 03/26/2018The 9th Reconnaissance Wing Safety Office held am annual preseason motorcycle brief March 23, 2018, at Beale Air Force Base.
The brief focused on motorcycle safety and featured members of the safety office, officers from the California Highway Patrol, and a professional motorcycle racer.
James A. Middleton, 9th RW occupational safety manager, said he believes events like this one are important in preventing accidents and keeping Airmen who ride motorcycles safe.
According to the safety office, last year, Air Force wide, 50 motorcycle mishaps happened due to loss of control. To prevent such mishaps, modifying a motorcycle to better fit a rider was a topic discussed.
"The bikes we buy aren't made for us and they aren't comfortable, but there are things you can fix for yourself," said David Moss, professional motorcycle racer. "Before you fire up your bike check it over and make any adjustments you need."
Moss also believes mental preparations can prevent potential accidents.
"After you prepare your motorcycle, prepare you mind," he said. "Every time you get on your motorcycle give yourself five minutes to climatize."
CHP brought in multiple officers, including two motorcycle officers, to discuss safety tips with those in attendance.
"When you are riding a motorcycle you are smaller and other drivers may not see you," said Tony DiVecchia, CHP motor officer. "When riding we recommend you avoid lane splitting whenever possible and avoid riding in a driver's blind spot."
The Air Force mandates Airmen must wear the proper protective gear when operating a motorcycle including helmets, eye protection, protective clothing, and protective footwear.
Tech. Sgt. Romell Rogers, 9th Maintenance Group maintenance operations center superintendent, has been in a motorcycle accident and believes his equipment saved his life and encourages other to make sure they have the right equipment.
"You get what you pay for so spend your money wisely and get the correct gear," said Rogers. "Wearing proper gear and protection could save you."