Motorcycle Safety - Safety
All military personnel who operate a motorcycle on/off base are required to complete an approved motorcycle rider safety course prior to operating these vehicles. (Ref: DODI 6055.04, OPNAVINST 5100.23, MCO 5100.19F, AFI 91-207). Individuals needing to register for motorcycle safety training can find registration and local information and the current class schedule below. Be advised, open seats are very limited and fill quickly.
Motorcycle Safety Course Requirements
Motorcycle Operator Training. These training requirements are mandatory for all military member operators, Navy civilian employees required to operate a motorcycle in the performance of their assigned duties, and operators of any Navy owned, rented, or leased motorcycle. Individuals subject to these training requirements will:
(1) Complete Level I training and obtain a valid motorcycle operator license, endorsement or permit prior to operating these vehicles on any public and Navy owned or controlled roadway.
(2) Complete Level I training prior to attending any Level II or Level III training course.
(3) The three levels of motorcycle training are:
(a) Level I (Beginner). All military motorcycle riders will complete Level I training.
Level I courses include: Basic Rider’s Course (BRC), any COMNAVSAFECEN approved entry Level I course, or any host-nation or state approved curriculum intended to provide novice riders the skills and knowledge needed to obtain a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license. Level I motorcycle training will consist of both classroom and range time training on:
1. Motorcycle Controls and Devices
2. Basic Riding, Balance and Maneuvers
3. Street Skill Sets (e.g., intersections, cornering, positioning)
4. Handling Characteristics
5. Navy Compliance and Local Laws
6. Proper Use of Required PPE
(b) Level II (Intermediate/Sport bike). All military motorcycle riders will complete
Level II training within 60 days to 1 year of Level I training completion. Riders should use their personally owned motorcycle to complete the training, whenever possible. These courses are intended to build upon the skills and knowledge that riders obtained in Level I courses. Curriculum will consist of both classroom and range time to include practice maneuvers at slower speeds before progressing to street or highways speeds, providing instruction in challenging cornering techniques,advanced braking, and other realistic scenarios. The BRC II, Military Sport bike Rider Course (MSRC), and Advanced Rider Course (ARC) are examples of level II courses approved for riders.
(c) Level III (Advanced/Track Days). These courses are intended to be taken on track days under a controlled environment or off site at professional training sites. Curriculum will improve an experienced Level II riders' skills and knowledge through a combination of drills at track speeds, challenging cornering techniques, and other realistic scenarios.
(d) Refresher Training. All military members who operate motorcycles will complete refresher training at least once every five years. The selected refresher course must meet or exceed the training curriculum of Level II or Level III training. It’s strongly recommend that more experienced riders select refresher training suited to their level of skill and motorcycle type.
LEVEL 1 TRAINING
LEVEL II TRAINING
REFRESHER TRAINING (LEVEL 11/III)
Before operation on public or Navy owned or controlled roadways
Within 60 days to 1 year of Level I training completion
At least once every 5 years
NOTE: Level 1 training does not need to be completed for riders that already hold a valid State motorcycle license endorsement or an original or certified copy of a completion card or certificate from a MSF, State-approved, or DoD Component-approved motorcycle course.
(4) Motorcycle Operator Training for Other than Military.
(a) Navy civilian personnel who operate motorcycles in the performance of assigned duties must meet the requirements for Level I, Level II, and refresher training.
(b) All operators of Navy owned, rented, or leased motorcycles must meet the requirement for Level I, Level II, and refresher training.
(c) Civilian operators of personally owned motorcycles, not in the performance of assigned duties, with current state motorcycle operator license, endorsement, or permit are not required to complete training requirements in paragraph (f).
Off Link sites:
Motorcycle Safety Training Enrollment Information
Once logged in to ESAMS follow these steps to enroll:
- Click on "Global Training" on the top navigation
- In the Class Search, make sure the following options are selected:
- Type of Training: Traffic Safety
- Region: Navy Region Southwest
- Installation(s): NSA Monterey, CA
- Search for the month for the course you would like to enroll in. The current schedule is below.
Note: International Students and all dependents will need to have access to their own EDI-PI/DoD ID # to enroll into MC Safety Training courses. Please do not utilize your sponsors EDI-PI/DoD ID#.
If you need assistance please contact the safety Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also be aware that the Basic Rider course also does not meet the requirements for the DL 389’s for the state of California.
Upon completion of your motorcycle safety class, please email the your Motorcycle Safety Representative:
LT Chris Robare- email@example.com
MC3 James Norket- firstname.lastname@example.org
General Motorcycle Safety Tips
You can't control other drivers, but you can help avoid serious motorcycle accidents by taking charge of the things you can control. Follow these seven tips while on your motorcycle:
|Always wear a helmet
Choose a helmet that displays the DOT label which indicates that it meets federal safety standards.
|Know your limits
You and your motorcycle have limits. Know them! Do not buy more bike than you can handle.
|Watch your speed
Follow posted speed limits
|Keep your distance
No one likes a tailgater. Keep a safe distance between your bike and other vehicles.
|Know and Inspect Your Tires
Tires are the only physical thing touching the ground at all times. They keep your body off the pavement! Pay special attention to wear, heat, pressure, limits!
|Use Both Brake
When braking use both brakes at the same time by applying them slow and steady.
Avoid blind spots and always use your headlights day or night.
Motorcycle Rider Down Report
|Information gathered from 1 Oct 20 through 30 Sept 21|
|USN Riders Killed in FY 2023:||17|
|Total Navy Motorcycle Mishaps Reported in WESS for FY 2023:||260|
|USMC Riders Killed in FY 2023:||6|
|Total USMC Motorcycle mishaps reported in WESS for FY 2023:||158|
- 23 Reasons Motorcycle Safety Matters
- Rider Down Reports (by month)
- ALNAV 053/23 (SECNAV MESSAGE)
- MSF Web Site
- Army Motorcycle Page
- Air Force Motorcycle Page
- Marine Motorcycle Page
- Coast Guard Motorcycle Page
- Navy Rider's Creed
- TRiPS - Travel Risk Planning System
- Top 5 Motorcycle Safety Tips
- Tire Guide
- New Rider's Checklist
- Group Riding
- Surviving Riding Book
- How to Identify Unsafe Motorcycle Helmets
- Motorcycle Refresher Exercises
- Basics for Non-Riding Leaders
- Problems with Blind Spots
- AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Doug Chandler
- Advanced Riding Schools:
Motorcycle Mentorship Course
All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and Off-Road Vehicles (ORV)
All Sailors and DoD civilian personnel who operate government-owned, leased, or rented ATVs and ORVs shall successfully complete the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) ATV rider course or an OPNAV N09F/COMNAVSAFECEN-approved ATV and ORV course prior to operating these vehicles.
Prior to operating a privately owned ATV and ORV on any Navy installation, the operator must successfully complete the SVIA ATV rider course or an OPNAV N09F/COMNAVSAFECEN-approved ATV and ORV rider course.
All Sailors who intend to operate a privately owned ATV and ORV are highly encouraged to complete the SVIA ATV rider course or an OPNAV N09F/COMNAVSAFECEN approved ATV and ORV rider course, regardless of their intent to ride the ATV and ORV on a Navy installation.
ATV and ORV course availability can be found on the ESAMS Web site, or by contacting either the local base or installation safety office or SVIA: www.svia.org; phone (800) 887-2887.
Alternate vehicles are mechanized equipment capable of on or off-road travel and designed to provide a means of transport for one or more individuals. Alternate vehicles include, but are not limited to: multitracked or multi-wheel vehicles, ATVs, low speed vehicles (LSV), personal mobility transport devices, motorized scooters, golf carts, agricultural carts, go-peds, amphibious machines, ground effect air cushion vehicles, motorized roller blades, go-carts, gas powered skate boards, wind powered vehicles or other means of transportation deriving motive power from a source other than muscle (hand or foot) power. Vehicles used for military, fire, emergency, or law enforcement purposes are EVs are not considered alternate vehicles and all EVOC training and operating procedures apply.
Consequences for DUIs are severe. Why take the risk?
|Bail out of jail||$900|
|Release impounded car||$75|
|First offender classes||$450|
|Restricted license fee||$100|
|Work alternative program||$50|
- Could lose your job
- Could lose custody of your kids to an x-spouse
- Could do time in jail 5-15 days for 1st offense, 1-6 months for 2nd
- Will attend classes for 16 weeks, 2nd offense 18 months
- For a second offense classes are $1,200
- Second offense breathing device installed in car $1,200
- Probation for 10 years
- Driver license suspended & restricted for 5 months
- Could cause an accident, killing someone - life imprisonment
- Required to observe an autopsy
- You will pay $5,000 - $10,000 in extra car insurance over the next 7 years
Driving Information for Military Personnel
'Driving Information for Military Personnel in California' can be found on the California Highway Patrol web site.