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Motorcycle Training

DODINST 6055.4


Note:  You will be requested to use your PKI Certificate.  If you do not have one, clice cancel to continue.

On-Line course Registration via ESAMS (search for a course on Home page)

There are two levels of motorcycle training offered by the Navy

Level I

Basic Rider Course (BRC) - (16 hours). Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) approved course. Course is mandatory for all active duty personnel who plan to purchase or operate a motorcycle regardless of their intent to ride the motorcycle on or off base. State MC license with appropriate motorcycle endorsement or motorcycle learner’s permit is required to enroll for personnel operating their own motorcycle for the course. (Personnel operating a MC with a permit are required to comply with the issuing state requirements for permits. Example: VA requires permit holders to ride with another rider who has a motorcycle operator’s license.) Training sites now have a limited number of training aids for use by personnel who are novice riders or considering the purchase of a motorcycle. Operators of motorcycles with attached sidecars or three-wheeled motorcycles are excluded from required motorcycle training. The BRC card does not expire, however all riders shall continue to enhance their motorcycle skills and competency by completing refresher Naval Safety Center approved motorcycle training course (i.e., ERC/BRC-2, ARC, MSRC, etc.) at a minimum of every 3 years.

Level II: Level II training is considered follow-on training and is required within 60 days of completion of Level I training or upon changing the type of motorcycle being ridden. Riders must have proof of completion of the BRC; obtained a MC operator’s license prior to enrolling and provide their own motorcycles.  Courses include:

1. Military Sport Bike Rider Course (MSRC) (8 hours). Course is required for military personnel operating a sport-bike motorcycle on or off duty, regardless of their intent to ride their motorcycle on-base.  Course also satisfies the mandatory recertification requirements for sport-bike riders, however all sport- bike riders are encouraged to complete the training as soon as possible.

2. Experienced Rider Course (ERC/BRC-2) – (8 hours). Motorcycle Safety Course (5 hours, 1 day). Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) approved course. Group riding suite IS NOT included with this training.

3. Advanced Rider Course (8 hours).  The Advanced Rider Course (ARC) is the equivalent of the Military Sport Bike Course, the difference being it is geared towards cruiser riders.  The first half is classroom training focusing on your behavior as a rider.  The second half is riding on the range and practicing the different body positions you learn in the classroom.  There are 8 exercises, mostly geared towards cornering, stopping quickly and safety on your motorcycle.  The course can be taken on either a cruiser or sport bike.

Refresher Training:  All active duty military personnel operating a motorcycle (on or off base) shall complete Level 1 or Level II training every three (3) years.

Civilian Motorcycle Operators – All civilian motorcycle operators who have a current State motorcycle operator license with motorcycle endorsement or motorcycle permit are not required to complete any of the above training.

Additional classes may be scheduled for groups of six or more. Please call (757) 444-3140 to discuss.

Motorcycle Safety Equipment and Required Personal Protective Equipment:

All motorcycles operating on DON installations will have all original safety equipment as designed by the manufacturer.

All active duty military riders and passengers, on/off base, and all riders and passengers on any DON installation shall comply with the following personal protection while riding motorcycles.

1. Head Protection.  A helmet meeting DOT, Snell Memorial Foundation Certification or host nation certification shall be worn and properly fastened under the chin. Fake or novelty helmets are prohibited.

2. Eye Protection.  Protective eye devices designed for motorcycle operators (impact or shatter resistant safety glasses, goggles, wrap around glasses sealing the eye, or face shield properly attached to the helmet) shall be properly worn. A windshield or standard sunglasses or standard eye wear alone are not proper eye protection.

3. Foot Protection.  Sturdy over the ankle footwear that affords protection for the feet and ankles shall be worn.

4. Protective Clothing.  Riders and passengers shall wear long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers, and full-fingered gloves or mittens designed for use on a motorcycle. Motorcycle jackets constructed of abrasion resistant materials such as leather, Kevlar, and/or cordura and containing impact-absorbing padding are highly recommended. To enhance the ability of other vehicle operators to see and avoid motorcyclists, outer garments constructed of brightly colored and reflective materials are highly recommended.  Reflective outer garments or vest are strongly advised during nighttime hours and periods of limited visibility (i.e., dusk/dawn, fog, rain, etc.).

5. Personnel attending MC Training classes on base may wear appropriate civilian attire.

Class requirements and sign up procedures:

1. Personnel attending and using their own motorcycle must have a valid motorcycle driver's license or motorcycle designator (e.g., Class M in Virginia on your driver's license) to attend this class. Personnel with Motorcycle Learner’s Permits are permitted to attend the course; however they must abide by state licensing requirements. (i.e., VA MC Learners Permits requires operator to ride with a fully licensed MC operator on another MC to operate a MC on city/state/base roads.) Personnel may trailer or truck their motorcycles to the class site. Personnel using a training motorcycle must have a valid driver’s license; motorcycle permits are highly encouraged.

2. Personnel using their own motorcycles must have them properly registered, inspected (if required) and insured.

3. Arrangements will be made for you to obtain a temporary pass to allow your motorcycle on base for the class will be issued for the class dates. Passes will be issued from the Pass & ID office where the class is being held.

4. Classes are normally scheduled from 0700-1600. Personnel must be present for the full class to obtain a completion card.



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