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Posted: April 6, 2018 10:33 a.m.
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More motorcycles on the roads

With warmer weather approaching, there will be motorcyclists on the road; enjoying the freedom of the ride on their conventional-street, sports, cruiser, touring, scooters or trikes motorcycles.  Some motorcyclists like to ride by alone, while others enjoy the camaraderie of a group. However, before you insert the key in the ignition of the motorcycle; U.S Army active duty military members must: 

First, take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course, which is free of cost on your military installation. If you need assistance to locate the motorcycle training on your installation; please contact your local safety office or visit the IMCOM website to locate https://imc.army.mil/airs/usg_disclaimer.aspx. 

If you are a civilian, contractor or retired military; and you intend on riding your motorcycle on a military installation; then the motorcycle safety course is available for you to take off the installation. 

Second, you will need to personal protective equipment. Both riders and passengers need to inspect their gear to ensure it will protect them if an accident occurs. Military (on and off-post) and civilian riders (on-post) are required to wear PPE that meets the standard as directed by Army Regulation 385-10. PPE includes Department of Transportation  approved helmet, eye protection (that meet or exceed ANSI Z87.1), foot protection (sturdy over-the-ankle footwear), and Protective clothing (long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers, and full-fingered gloves). Additionally, riders are encouraged to select PPE that incorporates fluorescent colors and retro-reflective material. 

Third, inspect your vehicle. Before every ride, it is always a great idea to check your vehicle, which includes examining tires, controls, lights, oil, chassis, and stands. The MSF’s “T-CLOCS” inspection checklist is a good place to start. Be sure to reference the manufacturer’s owner manual, for your motorcycles-specific maintenance items. 

Last, all motorcycles must follow the rules of the road for automobiles. Also, since motorcycles are lower to the ground and smaller than most four-wheel vehicles, motorcyclist need to be vigilant as they maneuver through traffic among the various kinds of other motor vehicles, because you may not be visible to those motorists.  Use your turn signals or hand signals to turn or change lanes, and most of all; pay attention. So let’s all share the road and arrive safely at our destination.


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