Motorcycle accidents have allegedly taken more Marine lives in the last 12 months than enemy fire in Iraq, according to a recent report on CNN. Twenty-five Marines have suffered from fatal accidents in motorcycle crashes since November 2007. It was also noted that all but one of them involved sport bikes. In that same time period, 20 Marines have been lost their lives while on active duty in Iraq.

Perhaps these brave men and women aren’t exercising the same care at home as they do in battle by wearing the proper gear or abating that itchy trigger finger. Who knows.

Thankfully the Marine Corps are taking action. Although they have policy in place previously that all Marines who ride motorcycles must take a mandatory basic riding course, more recently they added a second more advanced training course specifically designed to train Marines who ride sport bikes.

Although these 25 deaths are the highest motorcycle death toll ever for the Marine Corps, it is clearly a statistic that Marine officials, or all of us for that matter, would not like to see rise any higher.


  • Edster

    I know when I was in the Navy things were tightening up for motorcyclists. It started at the command. We all had to send a chit (written request) to ride our bikes (even though we all had our safety course card, and license) most of us were in our late 30s and had been riding for a number of years. Ironically a young fellow had a suped up Mustang but was not bothered because it was a cage. On base riders must wear a reflective vest when it is dark and bright clothing during the day. Long sleeves and helmets are a must. I see it getting tighter service wide though. It wouldn’t suprise me in coming years it will be very difficult for a service member to get a bike, at least one they can ride on base. BTW I still wear my vest when I commute and I’ve been retired for little over a year, its best to be uncool and seen instead of unseen and cool… to the touch.