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Basic Rider Skills-2

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Take the Basic Rider Skills-2 (BRS-2) as an early-season refresher, to bond with that new-to-you motorcycle, or to gain experience and improve control while riding with a passenger.

BRS-2 Highlights

            • 7-hour, one day, range-only course (no formal classroom session)
            • Use your own 2-wheeled street legal motorcycle
            • Passengers permitted only for riders with a motorcycle license or endorsement
            • Requires a valid Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card (TIPIC) or motorcycle license or endorsement
            • Successful completion earns the BMV skill test waiver for a motorcycle endorsement

What It's All About

Motorcycle safety reports indicate that 75 percent of motorcycle crashes involve "experienced" riders. To begin to address the need for training of experienced riders, the BRS-2 is being offered. This course is designed for the experienced/endorsed rider (and co-rider) who want to learn more about reducing the risk of riding and practice skills under the watchful and helpful eye of a trained instructor.

The BRS-2 features an intensive hands-on approach to motorcycle rider training.  Riders experience and learn how their motorcycle handles in basic and crash-avoidance maneuvers.  This course is a good refresher to start the season, an excellent opportunity to learn how a new-to-you motorcycle responds and provides tips to and practice with co-riders to make their (and your) ride more enjoyable.

Experienced riders will benefit from learning in a controlled environment under the watchful and helpful eye of a trained instructor specifically what mental and physical riding skills need to be improved.

There are training sites throughout Ohio with over 150 specially-trained instructors that offer the BRS-2.


The rider must provide the following:

  1. Your own (registered to you) 2-wheeled motorcycle or scooter.
              • Dealer-loaned, state-owned motorcycles and students sharing operation of a motorcycle are not allowed.
              • Borrowed motorcycles may be used if the rider shows written permission from the registered owner to use the motorcycle in the course.
              • Motorcycles and scooters must be 100cc and over.
              • Motorcycles must be street legal and currently licensed.
              • Motorcycles must be insured. Students will be required to produce proof of insurance in effect at the time of the course before riding any exercises.
              • Motorcycles will be inspected by an Instructor prior to the riding session using the TCLOC Inspection Criteria, and Motorcycle Ohio reserves the right to reject any motorcycle which does not pass the TCLOC inspection or is deemed unsuitable for the course. (For example, motorcycles must have a legal muffler in working order.)
  2. Riders under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian sign a release and waiver form before any riding exercises.
  3. The following protective riding gear must be worn at all times during the actual riding portions of the course.
              • Over-the-ankle sturdy footwear
              • Full-finger gloves
              • Long-sleeved shirt or jacket
              • Long pants without holes – preferably jeans
              • DOT-approved helmet.
              • Eye protection if not using a full-face helmet with the face shield down
  4. The operator of the motorcycle must have a valid Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card (TIPIC) or motorcycle endorsement or a valid motorcycle-only license.
  5. A non-refundable $50.00 registration fee.
  6. Foul-weather gear and sunblock are optional and not required to take the course, but will increase your comfort and enjoyment.
  7. Additional requirements for ERS/BRS-2 participants with a co-rider:
              • A motorcycle equipped to carry a co-rider.
              • The co-rider must be at least 16 years old.
              • Co-riders under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian sign a release and waiver form before any riding exercises.
              • The co-rider must be able to touch the passenger foot pegs when sitting on the motorcycle.
              • Switching responsibilities between the operator and co-rider is prohibited.
              • The co-rider must also pay a $50.00 non-refundable registration fee.
              • Co-rider must wear the same protective gear as described above.


Range Exercises:


Range-side Discussion Topics:


Passing the Course

The following is required to pass the course:

            • 100% attendance
            • 20 or fewer points deducted on the Riding Skill Evaluation at the end of the course. You will be evaluated on the riding skills you have been practicing during the course and are necessary to reduce the risk of riding a motorcycle. The Riding Skill Evaluation is similar to the On-Cycle Endorsement Test given by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
            • No errant behavior – this is a safety course!

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.


Medical Considerations

Please make the training site aware of any medical conditions you may have so that may affect your ability to safely operate a motorcycle. (Co-riders should make the site aware of any medical conditions that may affect their ability to safely ride a motorcycle as a passenger.)

Examples include but are not limited to: