Motorcycle Safety Training: You MUSTT be ready

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  • By Staff Sgt. Michael Whitley
  • 21st Space Wing Safety

As spring slowly returns to southern Colorado, safety is paramount for Airmen who want to trade in their four wheels for two.

Military members interested in riding a motorcycle must first put in a request for initial training, which they will then have 30 days to complete. They then must undergo intermediate training within a year of completing initial training, with refresher courses required every five years.

Airmen can verify their training through the Motorcycle Unit Safety Tracking Tool or by contacting their unit’s motorcycle safety representative. In conjunction with the unit’s MSR, the 21st Space Wing safety office can help Airmen get reimbursed for two basic rider’s course, a sports bike rider course or an advanced rider’s course.

Even with the proper training, Airmen should still never get on a motorcycle without the proper gear. Proper gear includes a Department of Transportation/Snell certified helmet with a chin strap, goggles, wrap-around glasses or a full-face shield approved by ANSI standard Z87.1 for eye protection, a long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers and full fingered abrasion-resistant gloves, and sturdy over-the-ankle footwear that affords protection for the feet and ankles.

If you have questions, or you are having any issues identifying your MSR please reach out to Wing Safety at 556-4392. We at the Safety Office hope you have a safe and fun riding season.


Motorcycle Training Academy (Colorado Springs/ Pueblo):                                (719) 380-1448


Rocky Mountain Education Center (Lakewood):                                                (303) 789-3264