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Basic Rider Skills (BRS)
Do you already have basic riding skills and a motorcycle temporary permit or endorsement? Are you confident with your motorcycle abilities?
Then click here for our Basic Rider Skills for Returning Riders.
For newer riders and those wanting to learn how to ride, the BRS is the place to start.
All you need is a desire to learn, a motorcycle valid temporary permit (or endorsement), the proper clothing and the right attitude. For the motorcycle temporary permit to be valid, you must take and pass a knowledge test at an exam station.
Let's take a closer look at what is required to take and pass the Basic Rider Skills.
Classroom instruction is an integral part of the success of the Basic Rider Skills. A rider handbook is provided, and the lessons learned through active discussion and participation help riders to be safer on the road.
Motorcycle Ohio provides:
Helmets - Department of Transportation (DOT) - Approved
There are both 3/4 (open) and full-face helmets available to borrow during the riding portions of the course. If you borrow an open-faced helmet from Motorcycle Ohio or use your own, you will need to provide eye protection such as sunglasses, safety glasses or goggles. Full-face helmets with the face shield closed do not require additional eye protection.
Students are encouraged to use their own helmets, as long as the helmet is DOT-approved and has a sticker certifying the DOT approval.
Student-owned scooters may be used in the BRS/BRS-RR. The authorization to use a student-owned scooter will vary by site.
In certain situations students may be able to use their own motorcycle. Students must have a good reason why they need to use their own motorcycle.
Even though a student may have a good reason to use their own motorcycle, the authorization to use a student own motorcycle in the BRS/BRS-RR will vary by site.
Any motorcycle/scooter model manufactured for on-highway use that meets the following criteria may be used:
An instructor will inspect the student's motorcycle/scooter for road worthiness prior to the first riding exercise. The student may then use their motorcycle/scooter in the class after a successful inspection and approval by the MO instructor.
Please note that three-wheeled motorcycles are not allowed in MO courses.
You will be riding a motorcycle during this course; therefore, during the riding portions of the course, you must wear protective clothing consisting of the following:
In order to take the Basic Rider Skills, you are also required to have a valid Motorcycle Temporary Instructional Permit Identification Card (TIPIC) or a Motorcycle Endorsement on your driver's license.Registration
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This course should not be viewed as a pass or fail experience. The Basic Rider Skills is of great value to beginners and experienced riders alike in that it allows students to learn about reducing the risk of riding a motorcycle and to practice in a controlled environment under the watchful eye of trained instructors.
Motorcycling is not for everyone. Those students who do not pass the Basic Rider Skills still benefit by learning more about motorcycling and they have a better gauge of their ability to handle a motorcycle and desire to participate in the sport.
If you are 18 years of age or older, you do not need to pass this course to take the on-cycle endorsement test given by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and get your motorcycle endorsement added to your license.
If you are under 18 years of age, you do need to pass this course in order to take the on-cycle endorsement test given by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles or receive the skill test waiver (under certain conditions) to get a motorcycle endorsement added to your license.
Please make the training site aware of any special requirements you may have so that arrangements, if possible, can be made ahead of time. Special requirements include anything you think may detrimentally affect your ability to safely operate a motorcycle. Examples include but are not limited to:
Riders with medical or other special considerations may be requested to sign an additional waiver and release depending on the type and severity of the medical condition which may effect the rider's ability to safely participate in the course. Additionally, the rider may be requested to have a physician verify in writing the medical condition and the physician's assessment of the medical condition and its impact on the student’s ability to safely participate in the riding portions of the course.