Here are the rules of engagement for riding motorcycles. You must, and I say again, YOU MUST successfully complete the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course before operating a motorcycle. Regardless of state laws or whether you register your motorcycle on the installation or not, you must be properly trained, licensed, and
wear the PPE prescribed in AR 385-10 every time, every ride. This applies to riding off post, as well as on post.
Motorcycle skills are perishable and need refreshing and constant practice to maintain proficiency. It looks easy but takes a great deal of coordination and mental attention to ride a motorcycle.
To ensure efficient utilization of resources and quality training, the Army has developed the Progressive Motorcycle Program (PMP).
In addition to the current mandatory Basic Rider Course, the following training will be required in FY12:
- Experienced Rider Course (ERC) or Military Sportbike Rider Course (MSRC) will be completed NLT 12 months after completion of the BRC (course option is based on the type of motorcycle the individual rides).
- Sustainment training in the form of the ERC or MSRC will occur every four years after initial completion, which will enable riders to refresh and validate skills, receive new and innovative skills for accident avoidance, and a safe riding experience.
- Motorcycle Refresher Training (MRT) will be required after a deployment lasting 180 days or longer.
Please note that you may receive one-hour of college credit for the BRC, ERC and MRSC.
Personal Protective Equipment
From head to toe, good quality personal protective equipment (PPE) is an essential part of a motorcycle rider’s equipment. At a minimum, the gear you see listed here is required for those operating or riding on a motorcycle, regardless of state laws. This is what the Army – on or off post, requires. Riders are also encouraged to select PPE that incorporates fluorescent colors and retro-reflective material.
The road is unforgiving, so protect yourself! Dress for the slide, not the ride. In addition, if you have a passenger, make sure they have the same level of protection as you.
NOTE: A poster depicting PPE requirements is available for download on the USACR/Safety Center Web site (https://safety.army.mil) or you can request hard copies through the multi-media department.