SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Reagan Riders, a command-sponsored motorcycle club of Sailors assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), hosted a motorcycle safety and awareness event at Naval Air Station North Island to educate current and potential motorcycle owners Dec. 2.
The Reagan Riders held the event to promote awareness of motorcycle safety during a time when motorcycle deaths are rising in the Navy. Since Oct. 1, there have already been five recorded motorcycle deaths in the Navy, according to the Naval Safety Center. In fiscal year 2009, the Navy had 13 motorcycle fatalities.
To combat these fatalities and injuries the Reagan Riders invited various motorcycle companies to attend the safety event. The companies responded positively.
"The Reagan Riders called us and we came to show our support," said William S. Kenefick II from Retro Superbike (SBK) of Ventura County.
More than a half dozen vendors from the local San Diego area were present for the event. Retro SBK was among the various sponsors who attended. Retro SBK manufactured bikes from the blockbuster hit,
"Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen."
"The bikes we brought today were the twins for the movie," said Kenefick. "The military played a huge part in the movie and we just wanted to show some love to the military."
The motorcycle injury law firm, Law Tigers, also attended the event.
"We provide free legal advice for riders nationwide," said Angel Rieder, director of marketing. "We also educate riders on the rules of riding a motorcycle and stress the importance of protecting yourself when you're on the road."
The Reagan Riders promote motorcycle safety and awareness throughout the year. This club is open to riders of all skill levels ranging from beginners to veteran riders. The group also meets at least twice a month and is active in the community.
"We have monthly meetings where we ride together," said Operation Specialist 1st Class Abraham Nantin, secretary of the Reagan Riders. "We do it so beginning riders can increase their skill level."
California Highway Patrol, GP Motorcycles, Fun Bike Center, San Diego Law Tigers, Retro SBK, JP Motorsports, and Monster Energy Drinks all came out in support of the event. The Reagan Riders have more events and promotions planned over the next several months.
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