METALLIC THUNDER: Motorcyclists take safety seriously during rally, ride

USAG Ansbach community members roll out on their motorcycles as part of the Installation Safety Office’s rally and ride.

Story and photo by Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

ANSBACH, Germany (May 5, 2017) – Under the guidance of the Installation Safety Office, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach community members rode out on their motorcycles for a safety rally and ride today.

The group started from the Urlas Post Exchange parking lot, where they performed a multi-point inspection of the vehicles and they asked questions of and received a briefing by the safety team.

Their path took them from the garrison to Rothenburg ob der Tauber where they met off-duty local national police who joined them for the ride. They stopped at Braunsbach for lunch, at Dinkelsbühl for coffee, and returned to Urlas. The entire route was approximately 100 miles along country roads.

“No main roads, no autobahns – we try to stay off of the Bundesstraße,” said Mark Kiefer, a safety specialist with the garrison. “Mostly secondary roads, really scenic, through the country. The roads are not really populated, so we’re not going to interfere with traffic.

“They get more experience on those roads as opposed to the main roads, which are normally straight,” continued Kiefer.

The ride’s intent was to prepare cyclists for the upcoming season of good rider-friendly weather. It is also to network riders with one another so riders can learn from each other in a group setting.

“There’s a mixture of experiences here,” said Kiefer. “They learn from each other, they learn as a group.”

To learn more about motorcycle safety – or other safety – visit the Installation Safety Office’s web page at

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