Safety Department

 

Safety Department

Marine Corps Installations East

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Motorcycles

 

Motorcycles have been around since the 19th century. From the hand crank and steam powered machines of the past to the sound of rumbling power hogs and screaming sportbikes of today, people have always been attracted to these beautiful, yet dangerous machines. Just seeing a motorcycle cruisin' down the street can be exhilarating; RIDING ONE is even more of a thrill, but only if it’s done safely and respectfully.

 

Motorcycle Mentorship Program
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Per MCIEASTO 5100.2A (w/CH1), Commanders will establish installation/command-sponsored motorcycle clubs designed to mentor less experienced riders by taking advantage of the skill and experience of seasoned riders. These clubs should emphasize sound judgment, PPE, maintenance, training, defensive driving, and how to safely enjoy the riding experience.  These clubs are open to all employees, military and civilian.  If participation is during normal duty hours, military service members must receive supervisory approval prior to attending.  Civilian employees must be in a leave status to participate.

Motorcycle Safety Courses
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Per MCO 5100.19F Marine Corps Traffic Safety

Initial (Level l) Training. All Marines who plan to purchase or operate a motorcycle (regardless of their intent to register the motorcycle on a Marine Corps installation) and all operators of government-owned motorcycles are required to attend and successfully complete a motorcycle rider safety course approved by CMC (SD).

Motorcycle Follow-on (Level II) Training. All Marine motorcycle riders will attend mandatory follow-on Level II motorcycle training within 120 days of completion of Level I course (dependent on the local riding season).

Refresher Training. Commanders will ensure motorcycle riders receive refresher training/continuing education (Level II or III) every three (3) years. Refresher training may include the Motorcycle Safety Foundation ERC/BRC II, ARC, MSRC, or other advanced motorcycle rider training (Level III) such as Advanced Rider Track Days (ARTD), California Superbike School-based training (AMOS), Total Control-based training or other advanced motorcycle training approved by CMC (SD).


Basic Rider Course (BRC)

15 Hours

Prerequisites
Parental permission (for students under 18), ability to balance a bike, and a completed waiver form (first class).


Ranges
Classes will be held at one of the two ranges located at Base Safety Bldg 58 on Main Side and at Camp Johnson Bldg M147.

Call 451-5275 for more information and assistance in registering.

Experienced Rider Course (ERC/BRC II)
8 Hours

Prerequisites
This course is designed for cruiser-type motorcycles.  Students must own a street legal motorcycle (loaners accepted with written authority to operate) and pass the T-CLOC inspection by the instructor. Students must also provide proof of ownership and insurance, motorcycle endorsement on driver's license, parental permission (for students under 18), and a completed waiver form (issued at beginning of first class).


Eligibility
Open to all active duty and reserve component service mebers from any branch, dependents (space available), and DoD civilians.

Ranges
Classes are held at one of the two ranges located at Base Safety Bldg 58 on Main Side and at Camp Johnson Bldg M147.

Call 451-5275 for more information and assistance in registering.




Military Sportbike RiderCourse (MSRC)
8 Hours

Prerequisites
This course is designed for sportbike-type motorcycles.  Students must own a street legal sportbike motorcycle (loaners accepted with written authority to operate) and pass the T-CLOC inspection by the instructor. Students must also provide proof of ownership and insurance, motorcycle endorsement on driver's license, parental permission (for students under 18), and a completed waiver form (issued at beginning of first class).


Eligibility
Open to all active duty and reserve component service mebers from any branch, dependents (space available), and DoD civilians.

Ranges
Classes are held at one of the two ranges located at Base Safety Bldg 58 on Main Side and at Camp Johnson Bldg M147.

Register
Go to www.navymotorcyclerider.com to register.

Call 451-5275 for more information and assistance in registering.




Refresher Training
Hours dictated by course chosen.

Requirement.  All military motorcycle riders must receive refresher training/continuing education every 3 years.

Option to Choose
To complete this requirement, motorcycle riders may choose to re-take the Level II Follow-On Training (ERC/BRC II or MSRC) OR attend other advanced motorcycle rider training (Level III) such as an Advanced Rider Track Day (ARTD), California Superbike School-based training (AMOS), Total Control-based training or other advanced motorcycle training approved by CMC (SD).

Prerequisites
Students must own a street legal motorcycle (loaners accepted with written authority to operate) and pass the T-CLOC inspection by the instructor. Students must also provide proof of ownership and insurance, and have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver's license.


Eligibility
Open to all active duty and reserve component service members from any branch and DoD civilians.

Ranges
Level II Follow-On Training (ERC/BRC II or MSRC) classes are held at one of the two ranges located at Base Safety Bldg 58 on Main Side and at Camp Johnson Bldg M147.  Level III classes are typically held at either Foxtrot Taxiway, MCAS Cherry Point or Pad 2, MCALF Bogue Field (dates, times, and locations for Level III events will be advertised prior to the event).

Register
For Level II Follow-On Training (ERC/BRC II or MSRC), go to www.navymotorcyclerider.com to register.
For Level III Advanced Motorcycle Training, registration guidance will be provided prior to the event.

Call 451-5275 for more information and assistance in registering.

Requirement to Register
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Military personnel who own or purchase a motorcycle and are currently assigned or transfer in to MCIEAST installations or their tenant commands are required to register their motorcycle(s) with the Provost Marshal’s or Chief of Police’s Vehicle Registration office on the installation.

Motorcycle owners who are enrolled but have not yet attended the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course (BRC) will register their motorcycle(s) with the installation Vehicle Registration office and receive a 3-day pass.  *Note:  "Loaner Motorcycles" are available at the training site on the installation to take the BRC.  There is no requirement for an individual to use their privately owned motorcycle for the training.

Motorcycle owners who have completed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course (BRC) but have not yet attended the MSF Experienced Rider Course (ERC) (for cruiser-style motorcycles)  or the Military Sportbike Rider Course (MSRC) (for sportbike riders) will register their motorcycle(s) with the installation Vehicle Registration Office and receive a DoD Decal good for four months, which will allow adequate time to complete the ERC or MSRC.
Motorcycle owners who have completed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Experienced Rider Course (ERC) or Military Sportbike Ridercourse (MSRC) will register their motorcycle(s) with the installation Vehicle Registration Office and receive a DoD Decal good for three years.  To renew the registration at the end of each three-year period, individuals must complete an approved motorcycle safety refresher course (as decribed in "3-Year Refresher Training" drop-down above).
Personal Protective Equipment
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The following PPE will be worn by all military personnel in uniform operating or riding on a motorcycle, on or off MCIEAST installations, on and off road:

1.  A properly fastened (under the chin) protective helmet which meets the standards of the Snell Memorial Foundation (SNELL), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), or the Department of Transportation (DOT).

2.  Impact or shatter resistant goggles or full-face shield attached to the helmet.  A windshield, eyeglasses or fairing alone is not considered proper eye protection.

3.  Hard-soled shoes with heels.  The use of leather boots or over the ankle shoes is encouraged.

4.  Properly worn long-sleeved shirt with sleeves rolled down or jacket, long legged trousers, and full-fingered gloves or mittens.  To clarify, civilian attire, such as long-sleeved t-shirts or jackets may not be worn over the uniform.

5.  Per MCO P1020.34G W/CH 1-4, Marine Corps Uniform Regulations, Marines are authorized and encouraged to wear a motorcycle-riding jacket constructed of abrasion resistant materials such as leather, Kevlar, and/or Cordura and containing impact-absorbing padding over the uniform while on the motorcycle.  The motorcycle-riding jacket must be removed as soon as the Marine dismounts the motorcycle.  The motorcycle-riding jacket must not contain graphics or text considered inappropriate with the image of the Marine Corps.

The following PPE will be worn by all personnel operating or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle on MCIEAST installations, and all military personnel in civilian attire on or off MCIEAST installations, on or off road:

1.  A properly fastened (under the chin) protective helmet which meets the standards of SNELL, ANSI, or the DOT.

2.  Impact or shatter resistant goggles or full-face shield attached to the helmet.  A windshield, eyeglasses or fairing alone is not considered proper eye protection.

3.  Hard-soled shoes with heels.  The use of leather boots or over the ankle shoes is encouraged, but not mandatory.

4.  Properly worn long-sleeved shirt with sleeves rolled down or jacket, long-legged trousers and full-fingered gloves or mittens.  Motorcycle-riding jackets and pants constructed of abrasion resistant materials such as leather, Kevlar, and/or Cordura and containing impact-absorbing padding are strongly encouraged.
Random Information
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Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles

1.There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some
drivers don't "recognize" a motorcycle; they ignore it (usually unintentionally). Look
for motorcycles, especially when checking traffic at an intersection.

2. Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may
also be difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed. When checking traffic to turn at an
intersection or into (or out of) a driveway, predict a motorcycle is closer than it
looks.

3. Because of its small size, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots
(door/roof pillars) or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car (bushes,
fences, bridges, etc). Take an extra moment to thoroughly check traffic, whether
you're changing lanes or turning at intersections.

4. Because of its small size a motorcycle may seem to be moving faster than it
really is. Don't assume all motorcyclists are speed demons.

5. Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus
not activating the brake light. Allow more following distance, say 3 or 4 seconds. At
intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.

6. Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling, thus some riders,
(especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane
change. Make sure a motorcycle's signal is for real.

7. Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to
minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind. Understand that
motorcyclists adjust lane position for a purpose, not to be reckless or show off or to
allow you to share the lane with them.

8. Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle's better characteristics, especially at
slower speeds and with good road conditions, but don't expect a motorcyclist to
always be able to dodge out of the way.

9. Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery
pavement makes stopping quickly difficult. Allow more following distance behind a
motorcycle because it can't always stop "on a dime."

10. When a motorcycle is in motion, don't think of it as motorcycle; think of it as a
person.

"Creative Financing"
If you are considering purchasing a motorcycle and need financing, be careful how you finance it.  There have been some instances where Marines and Sailors in the local area are being encouraged by local dealers to purchase new and used motorcycles with revolving credit (credit cards and personal loans). What is happening is a Marine/Sailor goes to the dealer and wants to purchase a motorcycle but realizes he cannot afford the motorcycle he wants (not to mention the insurance that is required to finance under conventional means).  The dealer talks to the Marine/Sailor about "creative financing" telling him that if he uses a credit card or personal loan he does not have to carry the expensive full coverage insurance and/or he can simply make the minimum payment on the credit card.

Two Stories:
1.  A Marine used "creative financing" to purchase a motorcycle, but after 6 months, it was stolen out of his front yard.  He was left with a $12,000 credit card bill and nothing to show for it.

2.  A Marine used "creative financing" to purchase a motorcycle, then wrecked it after just a few weeks.  He still owed over $10,000 on a motorcycle that was not fully covered by insurance and he could not afford to fix it (out of pocket).

Be careful out there folks!

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