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Semper Ride

Semper Ride is a partnership of the United States Marine Corps, Strategic Action Solutions and One Eyed Bird Entertainment. The project was created in response to the increasing number of motorcycle fatalities and accidents by Marines. Drawing from experiences from their popular motorcycle-based television show, The Great Ride Open, producer/director Dirk Collins, along with producers Jim Conway and Jeff Tilton, created Semper Ride as a state of the art, high definition, big screen action that promotes a responsible riding theme. The ongoing campaign combines the film with events, a website, public service announcements and local and regional programs. Since first premiering in 2009 at MCAS Miramar, Semper Ride has been seen by thousands of Marines is proud of its role in decreasing Marine motorcycle fatalities by 44%.

This site is an excellent resource that shows Marine PPE and training requirements. It’s well thought out, and I wish every military branch had a site like this.

Here’s a Youtube link to the full Semper Ride movie, all in low-def glory. If I find it in hi-def, I’ll let you know.

Close the Gap On Training

This article courtesy of the Naval Safety Center Smart Ride 2011 Magazine. Please also check out their website, the Naval Safety Center.


Opinions are like, well … you know the old saying. And when it comes to motorcycle training, the old saying is true, because everyone has an opinion on it: why it’s required, how it should be conducted, and who should be made to attend. In a perfect world, training would be individually tailored to each and every rider’s needs, but practically speaking, this is impossible.

Three years ago, the Navy and Marine Corps tried to do the next best thing with a major restructuring of motorcycle training in an effort to provide the most relevant training to the largest possible group of riders. Current requirements mandate that all Sailors and Marines who ride attend the MSF Basic Rider Course, and then attend follow-on training through the Experienced Rider Course (for cruiser riders) or the Military Sportbike Rider Course (for sportbike riders.) Because statistics showed that some previously-licensed riders were getting back into biking after a long absence (and with considerably diminished skills) there is also a requirement for recurring training every five years.

“The statistics don’t lie,” said Don Borkoski, the Navy’s motorcycle safety manager at the Naval Safety Center. “Fatalities and injuries are way down, and this isn’t a coincidence.”

In fiscal year 2010, 13 Sailors and nine Marines lost their lives on motorcycles. Tragic, certainly, but down from 14 Sailors and 14 Marines in FY2009, and a high of 33 Sailors and 25 Marines in FY2008. Borkoski credits the decrease in motorcycle crashes to a change in the culture. Riders are taking responsibility for themselves and for mentoring younger riders. Leaders are learning not to treat riders like problem children, and are instead encouraging training on command time and proper use of PPE. However, he said the positive trend depends on riders doing the right thing to keep the mishap numbers moving in the right direction. “Most people have done a great job complying with the requirements, but we still have to close the gap with a few non-believers out there. Almost all of the sportbike riders who were killed on their bikes last year did not complete the MSRC. That’s huge,” he said.

The MSRC is conducted on a range like the other courses, but it does incorporate higher speeds, taking into account the racing characteristics of modern sportbikes. It also delves into the mental aspects of sportbike riding, which are different from that of cruisers. It’s been three years since the new course was unveiled, and the other changes to the instruction took place. That means it’s time for a lot of riders who took the courses previously to retake ERC or MSRC. Borkoski said it’s important that riders who are due for refresher training to remember this requirement and schedule a course.

“I know that some people who have been riding continuously for the last five years think there’s no reason they should have to take a training class again, but even the best riders can learn something new, or pick up on something they may not have caught the first time around,” he said. “Besides, it’s a day spent outside on your motorcycle. What’s wrong with that?”

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STAR Motorcycle School – Coming to Colorado Aug 15-16

Motorcycle School coming to High Plains at Byers, CO. More details here

As part of their expanding program with the U.S. military, Jason Pridmore’s STAR Motorcycle School is proud to offer free tuition to all current National Guard members to attend one of the seven STAR School National Guard Rider Training days in 2011. National Guard members simply register for the school of their choice and show up with their motorcycle and gear, ready to learn from Jason and his staff of professional instructors. The tuition is paid for as an incentive for National Guard members to take advantage of this exclusive program that’s just for them. National Guard members can contact STAR School for more bike and gear rental information.

National Guard Training – Looks like the free training for National Guard members will not be hitting Colorado this go around, but it will in Topeka, Kansas and Willows, California. The paid courses at High Plains seem reasonable though.

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Life on Two Wheels – new rider training @getontweets

Follow along as several new riders get familiar with motorbike riding in the UK with “Get On”. Love the accent, and nice video. ‘Get On’ want to support anyone in getting on two wheels by actively promoting the many positives of motorcycling, and by introducing as many people as possible who have never ridden to a free riding experience, and by encouraging those who have left motorcycling to start again.

Learn To Ride A Motorcycle - How To Ride A Motorbike - Get On from getonvideos on Vimeo.