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5/31/2010 5:40:50 AM


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Motorcycle Personal Protection Equipment Requirements for Ft. Carson
Helmet

There are two organizations setting safety standards for motorcycle helmets in the United States, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Snell Memorial Foundation. DOT sets minimum standards that all helmets sold for motorcycling on public streets must meet.

Snell Memorial Foundation has independently tested manufacturer's helmets since 1957. Its first safety standards for protective headgear were issued for auto racing in 1959. Subsequently, other specific helmet standards for motorcycling, equestrian sports, bicycling, rollerblading and skateboarding, snowboarding and skiing, and karting have been issued. These standards address performance, not specific materials or design. Periodically, utilizing specially designed test equipment, the Foundation upgrades its specifications on performance characteristics of helmets to keep pace with advances in materials, helmet technology and design. Information on the Snell Standard can be found at: http://www.smf.org/stds.html

Helmets are required by DODI 6055.4, para E3.2.7.1.1. and AR 385-55 Appendix B-3, d. must meet DOD standards at a minimum. Helmets are the single most important item of PPE.

Eye Protection

Eye protection is required by DODI 6055.4 para E3.2.7.1.2. and Army Regulation 385-55, Appendix B-3,e.

The following clothing items are required for safe motorcycle operation all items must meet the requirements listed below:

Jacket

A high-visibility upper garment is required by day and a retro-reflective garment is required at night IAW DODI 6055.4 para E3.2.7.1.5. and Army Regulation 385-55, Appendix B-3,e. High visibility belt alone is NOT sufficient, nor are high contrast
patches. Requirement is for equivalent of a full high vis vest. Home Depot=$5

Pants

Pants are required to cover the entire leg IAW DODI 6055.4 para E3.2.7.1.4. and Army Regulation 385-55, Appendix B-3,e.

Most motorcyclists prefer pants that are similar to their jackets and some are available that zip together. Pants should provide the same protection against abrasion as jackets.

Gloves

Closed-finger gloves are required by DODI 6055.4 para E3.2.7.1.4. and Army Regulation 385-55, Appendix B-3,e. The intent is to protect the riders fingers from strikes from flying objects. The Glove should be made for motorcycle use. Gloves that are not for motorcycle use provide less grip and protection.

Boots

Over-the-ankle footwear is required IAW DODI 6055.4 para E3.2.7.1.3. and Army Regulation 385-55, Appendix B-3,e. Footwear should be made of sturdy leather and have a good oil-resistant sole to reduce slipping hazards. Army boots meet the requirement.
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5/31/2010 5:41:26 AM


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Here is the handout that was provided to summarize the requirements. Please note that the PGR will be exempt from the MSF requirement during Organized Rides. In other words, of you are attending an event that includes a designated PGR Ride Captain, there is no need to show an MSF card. However, you Cannot use your association with the PGR to ride on base without an MSF card for non-organized events.
If you have any questions about any of the material here, please do not hesitate to contact either myself (gopher@coloradopgr.org) or Jim Reime (patriotguard@hotmail.com).

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3/15/2013 12:29:33 PM


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I just wanted to add something here. I went through the Basic Riders Course before I left Carson in Aug and I've been back there several times. Reflective gear is no longer required by the Army, but it is encouraged.

http://armypubs.army.mil/epubs/pdf/r385_10.pdf
Page 59
d. Motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle rider protection.

(4)Protective clothing.
Protective clothing includes long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers, and full-fingered
gloves or mittens made from leather or other abrasion-resistant material. Motorcycle jackets and pants constructed of
abrasion-resistant materials such as leather, Kevlar®, or Cordura® and containing impact-absorbing padding are
strongly encouraged. Riders are encouraged to select PPE that incorporates fluorescent colors and retro-reflective
material
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7/18/2017 7:29:27 PM

George
George "Theo" Theofanous
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I took a riding course back in 1990, but don't have any proof. Will I be required to provide documentation, or should I consider taking another one to cover my bases (pun intended). I have no ego to contend with, so taking a course isn't outside my comfort zone.

You're never too old to realize you've developed bad habits in a quarter century.

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George Theofanous

In loving memory of
LTC Angelo Theofanous, US Army (Ret.) 1937 - 2003, and

CAPT Gregory Whitehouse, US Army Long Kanh, South Vietnam
1939 - 1968
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