A team of twelve HIGGINS sailors embarked for a ninety-five mile motorcycle ride on Friday, December 7th, in what was the crowning event for their week of motorcycle safety awareness.
Fire Controlman First Class Jason Larimer, who facilitates the motorcycle safety training onboard the ship, filled the week with various training and awareness events. On Tuesday a representative from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation visited the ship to promote their mission to make motorcycling safer and more enjoyable while advocating for a safer riding environment.
Continuing with the week’s events, several HIGGINS sailors participated in the Navy sponsored Motorcycle Sport Bike Rider Course that was held on Wednesday. The course was implemented in June 2008 by the Naval Safety Center and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and was designed specifically for high-performance motorcycles. In 2011, 75% of motorcycle fatalities in the Navy involved sport bikes-- making the need for a course such as this especially applicable.
On Thursday, more practiced riders participated in the Experienced Rider Course that requires at least six months of motorcycle riding experience to attend. Larimer said, “The courses available to sailors throughout the week will definitely help promote a safer environment for our riders.”
In an exciting culmination to the week, twelve sailors departed Naval Base San Diego on their bikes for a designated course led by Fire Controlman Chief Barkley, the team leader for the ride. The route veered south through Chula Vista before heading west through Otay County and then north through Cleveland National Forest. Larimer said the ninety-five mile ride took approximately four hours and was “an exciting way to increase awareness for motorcycle safety, and that’s something everyone needed.”