The sun’s out, the birds are chirping, and the weather is the peak of perfection. This is the ideal time of year for motorcycle riding, and many riders are pulling their bikes out of the garage to get back on the road to enjoy it.
Being that May is motorcycle safety month, riders of all levels need to go through a few safety checks.
First, it’s time to do a quick inspection: tires, brakes, belts, fluids, lights and signals, and cargo balance. Every ride, every time.
In addition, all riders know the acronym ATGATT, which means “all the gear, all the time.” Wearing the proper safety gear, including a DOT or Snell-approved helmet, boots, gloves, eye protection, and long sleeves, is not just solid advice, it’s regulation aboard all military installations, regardless of local laws.
All riders need to have a drivers license with a motorcycle endorsement, and military riders must have attended an approved motorcycle safety training course. Commands must maintain a current list of military riders at the unit, and ensure their motorcycle safety training is entered into TMT using the competency code MOTO-SAFE.
Did you upgrade your bike? Has it been a while since you’ve been on the road? Haven’t gotten your safety training done yet? You may just be thinking of learning to ride even before you’ve decided what bike to buy.
The Coast Guard requires that riders attend motorcycle safety training at least once every five years, either at a military training facility or at a commercial training program. The cost of the program is reimbursable (to active duty members) up to $350, as long as it’s submitted before Sept. 5. (FY24 reimbursement cycle starts Oct. 15.)
Keeping your bike, your skills and your awareness in peak condition means you’ll be able to enjoy the wind in your hair all summer long.
For more information, refer to ALSAFETY 011/23 and ALSAFETY 012/23, or visit the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s website at msf-usa.org for safety tips and training opportunities.
Ride safe, and remember to look through the turns!