So you think you can ride: Motorcycle riding requirements

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  • By Staff Sgt. Alexandra Singer
  • 633d Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Joint Base Langley-Eustis is set in an ideal location for motorcycle riders to enjoy time on their bikes, both on and off the installation. With the long back roads and seasonal warm weather, riders can take advantage of riding with a few mandatory requirements.

Members must keep up with annual briefings and training to obtain the privilege to ride, and the 633d Air Base Wing Safety Office wants to remind riders of what those trainings are and when they must be completed.

“Riding a motorcycle requires greater skill than most other activities and is one of the highest causes of fatalities to our Active Duty members,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. James Thornton, Occupational Safety noncommissioned officer in charge. “Establishing good riding habits early and going through refresher training to hone those proper techniques will provide the greatest reduction in accident potential.”

Upon arrival at units or deciding to ride recreationally, members are to contact their unit Motorcycle Safety Representatives (MSR) for an initial briefing, either with their MSR or the unit commander, and to get signed up for the Basic Riders Course.

The requirements don’t end at this step. Within a year of taking the BRC, the Basic Riders Course-2 (BRC-2) must be completed and then every five years following thereafter. An annual pre-season briefing is also required for riders after the initial brief.

Riders who follow-up their training avoid administrative action and most importantly, stay safe.

The BRC-2, for even the most seasoned riders, offers more practice in a controlled environment. This gives confidence to the rider in their machine and competency, according to Thornton. During the BRC-2, pre-ride inspections are conducted as well, further ensuring safety.

“Each course is research-based and develops knowledge, skill, attitudes and habits associated with safe and responsible riding,” said William Johnson, 633d Air Base Wing Motorcycle Program Manager.   

Senior leaders and commanders can revoke riding privileges if these requirements aren’t met. It’s imperative for current riders to get up-to-date on whichever training they may be behind on.

Members unsure of what their training status is should contact their MSR before continuing to ride their motorcycles. Additionally, members who need to take the BRC-2 can schedule here.

For questions regarding motorcycle safety or requirements before getting behind the handlebars, contact your unit MSR, or call the Safety Office at 757-878-8224.