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Motorcycle safety starts with the BRC

Airmen Assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing performs motorcycle maneuver.

Airmen assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing perform a motorcycle maneuver at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 24, 2020. The Basic Riding Course had military members practice breaking procedures, cornering, counter weight and decrease radius turns during the application portion of the course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quentin K. Marx)

Safety Gear displayed

Safety equipment is positioned for photo at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 24, 2020. Several safety precautions to take before getting onto a motorcycle is to wear sturdy over-the-ankle footwear, long pants, a long sleeve shirt or jacket, full-length finger gloves, shatter-resistant eyewear and helmet that is Department of Transportation approved. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quentin K. Marx)

Parked Motorcycles

Motorcycles are positioned for photo at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 24, 2020. To ride motorcycles on base, military members must have a motorcycle driver’s license, and have taken either the Basic Riding Course or other off-base course, such as state-funded motorcycle safety courses or South Dakota Highway patrol courses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quentin K. Marx)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

Though the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is over, the weather is still nice, allowing motorcyclists the ability to ride.

In order to ride, motorcyclists must take proper safety precautions while driving, as well as take the proper courses necessary.

“Several safety precautions to take before getting onto a motorcycle is to wear sturdy over-the-ankle footwear, long pants, a long sleeve shirt or jacket, full-length finger gloves and shatter-resistant eyewear, and a helmet that is Department of Transportation approved, all other gear requirements are covered in AFI 91-207,” said Tech. Sgt. Tylor, an 89th Attack Squadron sensor operator.

Once the proper protective equipment has been acquired, members who wish to ride motorcycles must attend a riding course, whether on- or off-base.

“Airmen must have a motorcycle driver’s license, and have taken either the Basic Riding Course or other off base courses, such as a state-funded motorcycle safety course or South Dakota Highway Patrol courses to be able to ride motorcycles on base,” said Master Sgt. Eugene Healey, the 372nd Training Squadron Detachment 8 instructor supervisor.

The BRC schedule is currently based off of individuals in need of the course, due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

“The Basic Riding Course is meant to teach basic riders the techniques, tips and safety precautions on how to operate and maneuver motorcycles, as well as help develop skills for on the road driving,” said Tylor.

For more information, contact your unit motorcycle safety representative.
 

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