Dust up on your skills as you dust off that motorcycle

Motorcyclists ride near the Roy Gate during the 2010 See Me Save Me Ride. As spring conditions continue to improve motorists will need to increase vigilance as they travel as it can be more difficult to see motorcycles on the road.
By Allan Woods
Installation Motorcycle Program Safety Manager
March 15, 2012

Nobody feels the call of "spring" more than motorcycle riders. When the time comes for you to start riding, please be aware of the many changes going on around our base. There is construction going on all over. Keep an eye out for construction vehicles and those new stop signs and lower speed limits posted in the West Gate area. These changes will undoubtedly create unexpected traffic delays. Please use extra caution if you must ride through these areas. I suggest avoiding these areas whenever possible, unless it is absolutely necessary. Slow moving traffic is no place for a motorcycle. There are areas where the sand and gravel may become a problem at times in the vicinity of new facilities and other construction projects. Keep a close eye out for these hazards. The new West Gate will be open for business soon, hopefully this will help traffic move along more quickly for everyone.

Before you climb onto the saddle of your iron horse, make sure you perform a T-CLOCS inspection (Tires and Wheels, Controls, Lights and Electrics, Oils and Fluids, Chasis and Stand). The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) checklist will assist you in a very thorough inspection of your entire motorcycle to make sure it is safe and road worthy.

The next important step is MSF training. There are two types of riders who pose the greatest risks on the roads today. Those who assume they can learn to ride without any initial training or mentorship and immediately begin building dangerous habits, and those who have been riding for many years who think they are above refresher training. These are the riders who don't realize they have adopted bad riding habits over the years. Even the most experienced riders can benefit from MSF refresher training.

Our training season will begin in late April. Watch for the dates to appear on our Motorcycle Safety Training website. The site will not accept any information until the dates are available. You will find this website at: www2.hill.af.mil/moto/app/index.php or on the Hill AFB Safety SharePoint Site found at https://cs.eis.afmc.af.mil/sites/Safety/HillAFB/default.aspx. We have a lot of good information available on our SharePoint site concerning motorcycle safety.

Once you open the Basic Rider Course (BRC) or the Basic Rider Course2 (BRC2) formerly the Experienced Rider Course, you will see a drop down box called "Class Dates." Click on this box first. If you see dates when it drops down, choose your date and complete all required information and submit. If there are no dates available, the system will not accept your information.

The BRC is a two day course developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) for the new rider or riders who have been away from the sport for a few years and are planning to ride again. The BRC2 is a one day course designed for the experienced rider who rides regularly. The BRC2 is a great refresher course.

All military riders are required to register in the Motorcycle Unit Safety Tracking Tool (MUSTT) program. Contact your unit Motorcycle Safety Representative (MSR) to register before your first ride of the season.

If you have any motorcycle program questions, contact your unit MSR. If the MSR is unable to answer your question, they will bring it to me for clarification.

Be sure to look up our base mentorship club, The Hill Rider's Association on Facebook and join the great rides and experiences they offer every Saturday.

Contact them at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hill-Riders-Association/123675624345156

Ride safe!

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