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Advanced Rider Skills (ARS)

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Do you already have your motorcycle endorsement and your own motorcycle?  Are you very comfortable with how your motorcycle handles and have over 1,000 miles of experience on it?  If you’re ready to learn how to ride your motorcycle better, take the Advanced Rider Skills (ARS).

ARS Highlights

What It's All About

The Advanced Rider Skills (ARS) is a one-day course that complements an experienced rider’s basic skills and helps with personal risk assessment. It includes a fast-paced classroom segment with interactive activities to improve perception and hazard awareness. Range exercises enhance both basic and crash avoidance skills. Improving braking and cornering finesse are emphasized.

The ARS starts in a small-group, discussion-oriented classroom session, moves to the range (parking lot) for riding exercises, and ends back in the classroom. There are limited offerings of the ARS with a pool of select instructors certified to conduct the course.

Classroom Topics:


Range Exercises:



The rider must provide the following:

  1. Your own (registered to you) 2-wheeled motorcycle or scooter.
    • Sharing operation of a motorcycle with another rider is 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, and Motorcycle Ohio reserves the right to reject any motorcycle which does not pass 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 motorcycle endorsement on a valid driver license 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.


Completing the Course

While there is a formal knowledge test at the end of the course, the ARS should not be viewed as a pass or fail experience.  Riders gain from learning and practicing to increase their mental and physical skills to help increase their safety margins while riding on the street. 

Experienced riders will benefit from learning in a controlled environment under the watchful and helpful eye of a trained instructor and discovering where and how to improve their mental and physical riding skills.


Medical Considerations

Please make the training site aware of any medical conditions you may have that may 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 affect 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 rider’s ability to safely ride a motorcycle.