USAG Bavaria hosts its first Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic RiderCourse of the season, March 31, 2021. Participants practice low speed clutch control exercises, while instructor Gerhard Brosch provides feedback and review. (Photo by Sidney Sullivan / USAG Bavaria Public Affairs)

By USAG Bavaria Safety Office


GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Motorcycle season is here, and U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s Safety Office wants you to be prepared for this year’s riding season.


“USAG Bavaria provides several motorcycle training options. These are mandatory for active duty in order to operate a motorcycle in Europe,” says Deborah Gonzales, USAG Bavaria Safety Director. “Our first session of the year was March 24. We have held both basic rider and experienced riders courses — all with full rosters.”


All 2021 classes will be held in Grafenwoehr — COVID restrictions apply. No classes will be held at Hohenfels, until further notice. USAG Bavaria currently provides BRC, BRC2 and MSRC on a monthly basis at the GTA range at BLDG 1030.


“We welcome standbys if a particular date is full,” adds Gonzales. “For BRC the contractor does have loaner bikes, but you can also use your own if it is properly registered.”


Per USAREUR guidelines Soldiers, dependents and U.S. civilians must have a motorcycle endorsement on their stateside license prior to arrival in Germany. As an active duty motorcycle rider, there are certain requirements that are needed prior to obtaining a motorcycle endorsement on your USAREUR license. SM’s will need to attend the USAREUR motorcycle orientation course at their local Driver’s Testing Station (TB DT 09641838240). In addition to the endorsement, Soldiers must be current in one of the trainings listed below.


U.S. Army training requirements for Soldiers:

  1. Initial Training: Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s (MSF) Basic Rider Course (BRC) or state-approved curriculum for motorcycle operator’s safety training. This is a one-time requirement for all active-duty military riders. Can be taken again as refresher.
  2. Intermediate Training: Based on the type of motorcycle(s) owned and operated, Soldiers will complete either the BRC-2 (formerly Experienced Riders Course), Military Sport Bike Riders Course, Advance Riders Course, or DoD-Component defined curriculum within one year after completing initial (BRC) training.
  3. Sustainment-Refresher Training: Complete at least every 5 years – BRC2, MSRC or ARC, or when changing motorcycles.


For 2021 motorcycle training dates and to register for the MSF course, visit the AIRS site (CAC login). Alternatively, for more information please contact the USAG Bavaria’s Safety Office at DSN 526-2306/2303 or CIV +49(0)9641-70-526-2306/2303.


View more photos from the MSF BRC March 31 session, here: