Before you ride, you must abide

  • Published
  • By Staff Sgt. Darrell Leatherman
  • 82nd Training Wing Safety Office
As we approach the motorcycle riding season please be sure to be in full compliance with Air Force Instruction 91-207 before hitting the road. The protection of Sheppard personnel is first priority for the 82nd Training Wing Safety Office.

Here are the safety rules:

Head protection: A helmet designed to meet or exceed Department of Transportation standards shall be worn and properly fastened under the chin.

Eye protection: Goggles, wrap around glasses, or a full-face shield (properly attached to the helmet) and is designed to meet or exceed American National Standards Institute Standard Z87.1 for impact and shatter resistance will be worn. A windshield does not constitute proper eye protection.

Protective clothing: Long sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers and full-fingered gloves are required. Gloves should be a sturdy, non-slip type to permit a firm grip on the controls. Wear of a motorcycle jacket and pants constructed of abrasion resistant materials such as leather, Kevlar® and/or Cordura® containing impact absorbing padding are strongly encouraged.

Foot protection: Riders will wear sturdy, over-the-ankle footwear that affords protection
for the feet and ankles. Durable athletic shoes that cover the ankles may be worn. Sandals, low quarter sneakers and similar footwear will not be used.

Garment and motorcycle visibility: Motorcycle riders will wear a brightly colored outer upper garment during the day and a reflective upper garment at night. Outer upper garments shall be visible and not covered. Wearing a backpack is authorized if it has brightly colored or reflective properties