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September 11, 2009
SportBike motorcycle course planned
|Soldiers in the Fort McCoy community who want more
experience riding their sport motorcycles are encouraged to take the
Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Military SportBike Rider Course,
which will be held at Fort McCoy Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Thursday, Oct.
Each class will be free, run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and will accommodate up
to 12 Department of Defense (DoD) personnel. Military personnel will
have preference, and DoD civilians can attend as space permits.
The course was developed by the MSF, in close cooperation with the U.S.
Army and Navy safety centers, to address the increasing number of
military personnel who are involved in SportBike crashes. Randy Eddy,
Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office safety manager, said the course is
the next-level training course for SportBike riders who have completed
the MSF Basic Rider Course. Motorcycle riders who want to improve their
skills also can take the MSF Experienced Riders Course.
“The goal (of the course) is to provide riders with a way to further
develop personal riding strategies and decision-making abilities to help
them minimize their risk,” said Dr. Ray Ochs, MSF director of training
The eight-hour MSF SportBike Rider Course is comprised of three hours of
classroom training and five hours of hands-on field exercises. In the
classroom, students learn about behavioral aspects of riding, such as
attitude and personal risk assessment. Classroom instruction includes
discussions about braking proficiency, cornering techniques, traction
management and characteristics unique to SportBikes.
The hands-on session builds on these topics by providing riders the
opportunity to develop and improve skills in braking.
The DoD mandates that all military personnel riding motorcycles take the
MSF Basic Rider Course, which is required to ride motorcycles on federal
installations. The U.S. Navy requires all personnel riding SportBikes to
take the MSF SportBike Rider Course. The new SportBike course is being
“With this new course for military riders, the MSF advances its ongoing
effort to provide innovative programs and curriculum, all developed with
one goal in mind — to fulfill its mission of improving rider safety,”
Personnel interested in taking this new course in the Fort McCoy
community must call Ride Safe, Inc. (Wendy Mlsna) at 715-299-7728 to
register. The classroom portion of the training will be held in building
1721, S. 10th Ave., with the field portion in parking lot 17A, which is
The organization offers The Basic and Experienced Motorcycle Riders
courses, in addition to the SportBike course. More information about MSF
contracted motorcycle safety training courses at Fort McCoy is available
at the Web site
Riders attending the SportBike course must have a SportBike-type
motorcycle with insurance card. They can use their own motorbikes or
must have written permission to ride someone else’s bike. Riders will
need to bring along a motorcycle endorsement, long-sleeve shirt or
jacket, boots or shoes (that cover the ankles), long pants,
full-fingered gloves, eye protection (sun glasses or prescription or
safety glasses) and helmets.
For more information about safety in the Fort McCoy community, visit the
Fort McCoy Extranet at
https://extranet.mccoy.army.mil and click on the safety tab, or call
(Information in this story also is from the Motorcycle Safety