FWA 2013 Motorcycle Safety Course InformationIt’s that time of year; we look at our motorcycles sitting in the garage or are perusing theinternet looking at all the new and used motorcycles, we want to ride. Before you canhop on that motorcycle you need to ensure you have completed your requiredmotorcycle training classes and have the right gear. The Installation Safety Office hasposted motorcycle training classes at https://apps.imcom.army.mil/AIRS as of 8 February2013.We anticipate starting our classes 3 May 2013 if the weather cooperates. If and Iemphasize “if” we can get our course cleared off sometime in April we will start theBasic Rider Course (BRC) early.The Two courses offered by the Installation Safety office are:Basic Rider Course (BRC) is two full days instruction and for those who never taken aMSF course or have not taken a MSF course in the last three (3) years. We do providemotorcycles for personnel in the BRC. Each morning will be in the classroom and theafternoons will be out on the range.Experienced Rider Course (ERC) is a half day of instruction for those who havecompleted the BRC. The ERC must be completed within one year of completing theBRC or every three years as refresher training. No motorcycles are provided for theERC, you must bring a motorcycle that is registered in your name to take the course.Riders are required to bring their own motorcycles to the ERC and provide all requiredPPE IAW current regulations. Riders must comply with all AK DMV laws and statutesfor motorcycle (MC) operator permits and licensing and DOD Motorcycle regulations. Itis your responsibility to get your MC to the course, active military are NOT allowed toride their POM to the MSF course (ERC may be exempt). Those who reside off post, amemorandum will be at the FWA Main Gate (the only entry point on day of class).Classroom is located in Building 1001, Basement; west end. Class begins at 0900sharp.If you have any questions please contact Greg Sanches at 353-7079 firstname.lastname@example.org.Please review the requirements from AR 385-10 on motorcycle safety which isattached.
Progressive Motorcycle Program: The Army Progressive Motorcycle Program isdesigned to consistently keep motorcycle operator training current and sustain or enrichrider skills. The program consists of the following courses:BRC, ERC, MSRC, and MRT.(1) Prior to operating any motorcycle, Soldiers will successfully complete an appropriateMSF-based BRC, or ERC course or State-approved curriculum for motorcycleoperator’s safety training.(2) Based on the type of motorcycle(s) owned and operated, Soldiers complete eitherERC or the MSRC within 12 months of completing the BRC.(3) The Army standard basic motorcycle riders course is an appropriate MSF-basedBRC or State-approved curriculum for motorcycle operators’ safety training. Trainingmust be conducted by certified or licensed rider coaches and include classroominstruction on technical and behavioral subjects, hands-on training, a riding skillsevaluation, and a knowledge-based evaluation. Installations will accept the completioncards of the MSF BRC course that includes written and riding evaluations as proof ofsuccessful completion of the required training.(4) The MRT will be provided for any (motorcycle licensed and endorsed) Soldierowning the motorcycle and returning from a deployment greater than 180 days. TheMRT will be conducted prior to any Soldier operating his or her motorcycle on a publicor private street or highway with the exception of riding to the training site or location.The MRT will be conducted on the individual’s own motorcycle to confirm ability tosafely handle their motorcycle verses taking training on a smaller size/cc trainingmotorcycle. Training will be provided through the Army Traffic Safety Training Programcontractor or may be conducted at the unit level using the USACR/SC MRT DVD, whichis available on request.(5) Absent exceptional circumstances, provide training within 30 days of requests fortraining. The Senior Commander may authorize properly licensed or permittedoperators awaiting ERC training to ride subject to any restrictions imposed by such apermit.(6) Every 3 years following completion of the ERC or the MSRC, operators shallcomplete motorcycle sustainment training. Sustainment training shall mirror motorcyclecourse selection as outlined in AR 385-10 23 August 2007/RAR 4 October 2011,paragraph 11-9b(2), or another State-approved motorcycle safe riding course.Additionally, if after a 3–year period of inactivity, the acquisition of a new or change inmotorcycle(s), or a major geographic relocation, operators shall complete sustainmenttraining.
Sustainment training shall be mandated as of 1 October 2011. Operators may takeadvanced level training at no expense to the government to meet the sustainmenttraining requirement. Commanders are not authorized to waive or defer sustainmenttraining.(7) Personnel who operate privately owned ATVs or motorcycles off road shouldcomplete appropriate operator safety training; however, it is not required.Motorcycle vehicle equipment.(1) When operated on any DOD installation, in both on- and off-road modes, allGovernment-owned or privately owned motorcycles, mopeds, motor scooters, andATVs (when equipped) must have headlights turned on at all times, except whereprohibited by military mission, the SOFAs, or local laws.(2) Motorcycles shall be equipped with both a left-hand and right-hand rearview mirrormounted on the handlebar or fairing. (Note that Government-owned off-roadmotorcycles on tactical missions, training, or antiques are exempt from thisrequirement.)d. Motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle rider protection. Commanders will ensure that allindividuals covered by this regulation and all persons at any time on an Army installationwear the following PPE while riding motorcycles and ATVs. Commanders are highlydiscouraged from adding PPE requirements at the local level.(1) Helmets.(a) For personnel riding motorcycles and ATVs in the United States, helmets shall becertified to meet DOT Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218, United NationsEconomic Commission for Europe Standard 22–05, British Standard 6658, or SnellStandard M2005 in accordance with DODI 6055.04, April 20, 2009, references (v), (w),(x), and (y).(b) For personnel riding motorcycles and ATVs outside the United States, helmets mustmeet the HN standards. In those instances where the HN has no standard, helmetsmust, at a minimum, meet the DOT Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standard.(c) All helmets shall be properly fastened under the chin.(2) Eye protection. Eye protection designed to meet or exceed ANSI Z87.1, reference(z) for impact and shatter resistance includes goggles, wraparound glasses, or a full-face shield (properly attached to a helmet). A windshield or fairing does not constituteeye protection.(3) Foot protection. Foot protection includes sturdy over-the-ankle footwear that affordsprotection for the feet and
ankles (durable leather or ballistic-type cloth athletic shoes that cover the ankles may beworn).(4) Protective clothing. Protective clothing includes long-sleeved shirt or jacket, longtrousers, and full-fingered gloves or mittens made from leather or other abrasion-resistant material. Motorcycle jackets and pants constructed of abrasion-resistantmaterials such as leather, Kevlar®, or Cordura® and containing impact-absorbingpadding are strongly encouraged. Riders are encouraged to select PPE thatincorporates fluorescent colors and retro-reflective material.