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Riding a motorcycle is a demanding and complex task. Skilled riders are able to identify potential hazards while riding, make good judgments and execute decisions quickly and skillfully.

DODI 6055.4 provides the baseline training and operation requirements for motorcyclists within DoD.  Service regulations, such as AR 385-10 and AFI 91-207, contain certain motorcycle safety training requirements for Service Members and, in some cases, DoD civilian employees.  JBLM provides this motorcycle safety training under the Installation Management Command’s (IMCOM) Army Traffic Safety Training Program contract.  This training includes the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course (BRC), Experienced Rider Course (ERC), and Military Sport Bike Rider Course (MSRC). All courses meet the DoD and service Component standards and are provided on-base.

Course registration is through the Army's IMCOM Registration System, or AIRS. The web address is Course attendance is limited to active duty, reserve and guard Service Members (on orders), and DoD civilian employees whose job description requires motorcycle operation. Those not eligible for the on-base courses can obtain training from state-certified schools. Information on state-certified schools is at

For Active Duty, Guard, or Reserves registering a motorcycle or moped at JBLM proof of completion of mandatory training, and a valid motorcycle endorsed license from either Washington State or another state are required.. All others are not required to present proof of training. If you complete one of the JBLM courses, you can provide your course certificate to  your state vehicle licensing office to obtain a motorcycle endorsement for your driver license. They may require other documentation; call them to find out the specifics.  To register your bike, take your license with motorcycle endorsement, training certificate and proof of insurance to the vehicle registration office in Waller Hall.

The DoD also has motorcycle equipment standards, as does the installation traffic code, JBLM Reg 190-5. Government and privately owned motorcycles operated on JBLM must have two rearview mirrors (one mirror on each side), and have their headlights turned on at all times. Mopeds are required to be equipped with headlights, red taillights, red stop light, white license plate light, a red reflector on each side at the rear, amber reflectors on each side at the front, a rearview mirror and brakes on each wheel.

In addition, each motorcycle operator and passenger must wear the following while driving a motorcycle on-post, and while operating a motorcycle on official duty off-post:

  • Properly fastened DOT approved helmet
  • Eye protection (shatter resistant glasses, goggles or face shield)
  • Proper clothing (long sleeve shirt, long pants, and full-fingered gloves)
  • Active duty personnel must wear reflective clothing on the front and back of the operator/passenger providing visibility in all directions
  • Footwear (over the ankle leather-type boots)
Motorcycle operators on base are subject to the traffic laws of the state of Washington, as well as the traffic regulations of the DoD and US Army. Here are some critical behaviors to safe motorcycle and moped operation:

  • Pass like any other vehicle. Do not overtake and pass in the same lane as the vehicle being passed.
  • Ride with other traffic. Do not ride between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.
  • Ride either staggered, or at most two abreast. Do not ride more than two abreast in a single lane of travel.
  • Keep your feet where you can use them to help control the bike. Do not ride with both feet on the same side of the vehicle (i.e., sidesaddle).
  • Keep your bike under your control. Do not attach yourself or your bike to any other vehicle.
  • Maintain your ability to hear traffic. Do not use headphones or earphones while operating.

Your ability to perform and respond to changing road and traffic conditions is influenced by how fit and alert you are. Alcohol and other drugs, more than any other factor, degrade your ability to think clearly and to ride safely. As little as one drink can have a significant effect on your performance. Alcohol is a major contributor to motorcycle collisions, particularly fatal collisions. Studies show that 40% to 45% of all riders killed in motorcycle crashes had been drinking. Either don’t drink or don’t ride.

One final note; consider joining a reputable motorcycle riding club.  This can be a great way for inexperienced riders to gain experience.

Motorcycle safety training is easy to get and will expand your knowledge of safe operation of a motorcycle, other vehicles and the people around you. For any additional information, please contact or visit the JBLM Safety Office in Bldg 2007A, Room 209.

Good Riding!



DODI 6055.4, DOD Traffic Safety Program (External Link)
AR 385-10 Army Safety Program (External Link)
Washington Motorcycle Safety Program (External Link)
JBLM Reg 190-5 Installation Traffic Code (Internal Link)
DOT Action plan to reduce motorcycle fatalities (pdf)
State On-Highway Motorcycle Equipment Requirements (pdf)
U.S. Army Motorcycle Safety Guide (docx)



Braking Wheelie (mpe)
Drinking & Driving (wmv)
Experienced Rider Course Classroom Cards (pdf)
Fake Motorcycle Helmet Training (wmv)
Helmets (wmv)
Motorcycle Refresher Course (zip) (right click and save to your computer or disk, unzip and play)
DOL Motorcycle Operator Manual (pdf)
Why wear a full-face helmet (pptx)
Motorcycle Pre-inspection Checklist (MSF) (pptx)
Motorcycle Safety - A Brief Look (pptx)
Motorcycle Safety Story (wmv)

Gen McNeill Talks About Motorcycle Safety (wmv)
Motorcycle Video: How Close (wmv) (right click and save to your computer to play)
Motorcycle Accident Prevention (ppt)
Motorcycle Helmet Information (ppt)
Motorcycle Safety Pre-inspection Checklist (MSF) (ppt)
Motorcycle Safety Video (wmv)
Motorcycle information briefing (ppt)
Motorcycle Safety (ppt)

Motorcycle Video: How Close (mpg) (right click and save to your computer to play)
Take a Practice Test On-Line (External Link)
The Deadly Dozen: 12 Motorcycle Safety Myths and Misconceptions (ppt)




About the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (docx)
Article-Leadership involvement key to motorcycle safety (pdf)
Article-Army building on successful motorcycle program (pdf)
Bogus Helmets (pdf)
Guidelines for carrying a passenger on your motorcycle (pdf)
MSF's Guide to Group Riding (pdf)
Cycle Safety Information-What you should know about motorcycle helmets (pdf)
General Guidelines for riding a motorcycle safely (pdf)
Riders and Drivers can SEE to heighten awareness - impaX poster (pdf)
Be Aware Share the Road - impaX poster (pdf)
MSF Motorcycle Operator Manual (pdf)
Safety Tip: Motorcycles and Backpacks (docx)
Motorcycle Conspicuity Case Study (pdf)

Leader's Guide for Selecting a Motorcycle Mentor (External Link)
Motorcycle Leader Involvement Article (pdf)
Motorcycle Leader Involvement Resource Document (pdf)
Reducing Motorcycle Fatalities Article (pdf)
Reducing Motorcycle Fatalities Resource Document (pdf)
Basic Rider Course Handbook (pdf)
Bogus Helmets (pdf)
Can I prevent a member of my command from riding a motorcycle? (doc)
Carrying A Passenger (pdf)
DOL Motorcycle Operator's Manual (pdf)
DoD and DA Motorcycle Safety Rules and Enforcement Operational Hazard Report (xfdl)
Experienced Rider Course: Rider Classroom Cards (pdf)
JBLM Motorcycle Safety Interview and Discussion Points (doc)
JBLM POV Inspection form (frl) (xfdl) (pdf)
Group Riding (pdf)
How Helmets Work (pdf)
Helmet Proper Fitting (doc)
If You Ride A Motorcycle (pdf)
Motorcycle Safety Guide (doc)

Motorcycle Operator's Manual (MSF) (pdf)
Motorcycle vs. Animal: Rider Safety Tips (doc)
Motorcycle Tips for use of Backpacks (doc)
Motorcycle Safety Guide (doc)
National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety (pdf)
Personal Protective Gear (pdf)
Preventing Theft (pdf)
Riding Tips (pdf)
State Motorcycle Operator Licensing Information 2007 (pdf)
Sharing the Roadway (pdf)
Safety Bits: Low Speed Steering Techniques, High Speed Steering Techniques, Motorcycle Braking & Foul Weather Gear (doc)
Sidecar/Trike Operator's Manual (MSF) (pdf)
Ten Things You Should Know About Motorcycles (pdf)
What You Should Know About Motorcycle Helmets (pdf)
Weather Gear (doc)
White Paper on Motorcycle Helmet Quick Release Devices (doc)
We're Out There" video PSA (mov) (Right click and select Save target as to download)




Army Traffic Safety Training Program (External Link)
Motorcycle Safety Foundation (External Link)
Motorcycle Safety Foundation Website (External Link)
Motorcycle Traffic Enforcement (External Link)
Driver Licensing Office Locations (External Link)
Antilock Brakes: Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles (External Link)
Snell Certified Helmets Listing (External Link)
Motorcycle Helmets (External Link)
Why Bike? (External Link)

Other Resources - This list constitutes no official endorsement of these sites, programs, or products.
MSF Rider Coach Info (External Link)
MSF Rider Courses (External Link)
Motorcycle Pre-ride Checks (External Link)
The Problem with Blind Spots (External Link)
State Motorcycle Endorsement Codes (External Link)
Rider Course Incentives (External Link)
Army Motorcycle Rider Requirements (External Link)
Motorcycle Riding Laws–By state (External Link)
Yongsan Motorcycle Club (YMC) (External Link)
Yongsan Motorcycle Mentorship Program (MMP) Handbook (pdf) (External Link)
Yongsan Motorcycle Mentorship Program (MMP) Pocket Reference (pdf) (External Link)
Riders Edge (External Link)
The Northeast Sportbike Association (NESBA) (External Link)
Impact Jackets (External Link)
Naval Safety Center (External Link)
USAF Safety Center (External Link)
National Conference on Highway Safety-Lifesavers (External Link)