Whidbey Island Holds Motorcycle Safety Training

Story Number: NNS110514-06Release Date: 5/14/2011 4:35:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nardel Gervacio, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Whidbey Island

OAK HARBOR, Wash (NNS) -- Naval Air Station Whidbey Island highlighted motorcycle safety by hosting its 5th Annual Motorcycle Safety Training May 13.

"This is our annual motorcycle training day; it's open to all military, retired and active duty personnel," said Dudley McNutt, a safety specialist at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. "We bring out professionals to talk about traction control, riding postures, gears, and additional training sites where Sailors can get additional road training skills to improve their personal riding experience."

McNutt stressed the importance of safety, and how much of a difference safety training can make for motorcycle riders.

"This event is important for riders because when you're riding a motorcycle you can never have enough training," said McNutt. "You never know what is going to happen when you're riding out in the environment so the more training you have the better skills you'll have to evade situations and mishaps."

Representatives from BMW Ride West, Washington State Motorcycle Racing Association, Two Track Fast, and the Washington Motorcycle Safety Training (WMST) program, were on hand to answer questions about training and provide tips on safe riding practices.

"I'm a huge fan of motorcycle safety. I've been riding since 2004 on the road, and I've been riding dirt bikes since I was a kid," said Lt. Jessi Shaffer assigned to Search and Rescue (SAR) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. "I love coming out and supporting the safety department and learning about new bikes and new styles of riding."

Members of the WMST team also demonstrated important safety tips and techniques during a stunt demonstration.

"I think the biggest thing to know about events like these is that your bike has a lot of features built into it. When you know your bike and improve your skills, you have better control of your bike," said Shaffer. "The demonstrators out here today are here to show you just exactly what bikes are built to do and hopefully people can take with them skills they can build on."

The Navy continues to promote motorcycle safety worldwide to ensure that its members practice safe and proper riding habits and remain fit for duty.

For more news from Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest, visit www.navy.mil/local/nwpacen/.

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