Motorcycle Safety Month on May, 2018: motorcycle safety course ?
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It is basic motorcycle skills, coupled with education on traffic laws and other things. The one I went to was great and was free on base. It was a 5 day course, but required to operate the motorcycle on base. It also gives you a discount on your insurance.
The same course off base would have cost me $300 for two days and would have allowed you to ride on base as well.
To sign up, visit the base safety office (they all have one). They usually have set days the course will go. The wait might be long though. I had to wait 2 1/2 months before my course started because of the high demand.
Motorcycle Safety Courses?
My answer: Doesn't your state issue temporary motorcycle licenses?
I used to live in Ohio and you could get a 6 month temporary license so you could practice riding before taking the riding test.
There are restrictions like no highway riding, no night riding, no passengers, and you have to wear a helmet.
I knew people who never got their motorcycle endorsement by getting their temporary license in late spring and riding for 6 months. It's more expensive that way though.
I'd get the temporary one and have a friend teach me, then sign up for the public safety course after winter. In Ohio it was only $25, here in Florida there are only private classes that cost $300.
Motorcycle Safety Question?
 You need a DOT-approved helmet, plus sturdy other gear. If you don't have motorcycling-specific gear, the following will do:
--Gloves: all-leather work/gardening gloves. Make sure that there is no unprotected area between the gloves and your jacket.
--Boots: hiking boots are fine. They must have leather or other tough material that protects the ankles.
--Jacket: Jean jacket is okay, so long as it is not worn and has no rips or holes (intentional or otherwise. A leather jacket is better, but not if it's the very thin "fashion weight" leather. Closure must be by stong buttons or zipper--snaps won't do.
--Pants: Once again, jeans will do, but not too thin, worn, or with holes.
--Eye protection: Your eyes must be covered at all times when riding. Any eyeglasses are fine, or riding goggles. You probably need sunglasses during the course anyway. I don't recommend relying on the helmet visor--you will want to keep it open for ventilation.
--Bring rain gear: You want to remain dry no matter what weather appears. You can buy a two-piece rain outfit at Canadian Tire for a few bucks. It's not rugged enough for highway use, but it will get you through the course.
Bottom line on riding gear: We don't want to see ANY exposed skin!
--Other items you should bring: Sunscreen, insect repellent, a container to drink from (we provide ice water where I teach), healthy snacks, your M1 and photo ID.
You bring all of the gear that you will use while riding to the lecture for approval. If you show up without all the required gear for the weekend riding portion of the course, you will NOT be allowed to ride, and you will have lost the money you paid for the course.
 ALL M1 restrictions remain in place until you receive your M2 from the Ministry.
 The condition of ANY motorcycle is more important than the mileage. Any well-maintained bike can go over 100,000 kms with no major issues--or a careless owner can wear one out in a tenth of that or less.