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Basic Rider Skills (BRS)

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 visit 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.

BRS highlights

  • 16-hour class composed of classroom and on-cycle instruction. Classes are typically broken into 2 or 3 days, depending on the training location.
    • 3 day course schedule: 4 hours of in-person classroom or pre-work/2 hours of virtual classroom (varies by site), 6 hours of on-cycle instruction Saturday, and 6 hours of on-cycle instruction Sunday
    • 2 day course schedule: Day 1: 2 hours of in-person classroom and 6 hours of on-cycle instruction; Day 2: 2 hours of in-person classroom and 6 hours of on-cycle instruction
  • No motorcycle experience is required, but rider should be capable of balancing and riding a bicycle.
  • Student attending the class will have a wide variety of riding experience and skills.
  • Motorcycles are provided. 
  • Requires only a valid 2 wheel Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card (TIPIC).
  • Successful completion earns a 60 day BMV skill test waiver for a motorcycle endorsement

The cost of the course is $50.00 and is non-refundable. To take the BRS course, you must have either a valid TIPIC or a motorcycle endorsement on your license.

Students will need to provide the following protective equipment:

  • DOT-approved helmet. Loaner helmets are available. You may bring your own helmet; it will be subject to inspection and approval by the instructors.
  • Eye protection. Helmet face shield or goggles. Glasses and sunglasses are acceptable for the basic course but are not recommended for regular street riding.
  • Footwear. Sturdy over-the-ankle footwear. Ankles must be covered. Low heels are preferred.
  • Full-fingered gloves. Avoid bulky gloves. Jersey (soft knitted cotton or poly-cotton fabric) gloves are acceptable for the basic course but are not recommended for regular street riding. Fingerless gloves are not allowed.
  • Long pants (without any holes). Sturdy material, such as denim; should reach past the tops of your footwear when seated. Yoga/exercise pants a not considered adequate.
  • Long-sleeved shirt or jacket. Sleeves should reach the tops of your gloves with your arms stretched in front of you.

Students must wear the proper riding gear along with a DOT certified helmet while astride the motorcycle.

Students should have the physical stamina to be astride a motorcycle for extended periods of time in extreme heat or cold.

Objectives

The MORE Basic Riding Skills (BRS) Course is intended to help you acquire the basic knowledge and skills needed for safe and responsible motorcycle operation. The course will help you:

  • Learn the mental skills for safe motorcycling
  • Gain the physical skills for safe motorcycling

The goal is to help you be successful and safe. Questions are encouraged.

MORE instructors will help you discover the answers. Concentrate on developing your skills and your strategies — the first steps to Riding MORE Safely!

Course Requirements

Requires a valid M1 TIPIC or M1 endorsement by the start of Exercise 1.

Obtaining an M1 TIPIC is NOT part of the MORE BRS and must be done at your local BMV prior to the start of Exercise 1.

To successfully complete this course, you must:

  • Attend all sessions. Be on time! Classes start promptly. Late-arriving students risk losing their reserved place in the class and tuition.
  • Participate in class activities. Students engaged in class activities learn and remember the material best.
  • Successfully complete a course review activity on the material covered in class and the MORE Basic Riding Skills Course Guide.
  • Successfully complete a skill evaluation. The skills test consists of four exercises that measure your basic motorcycle control and hazard response skills.

Classroom Topics

Classroom instruction is an integral part of the success of the Basic Rider Skills.

A student workbook, the MORE Basic Riding Skills Course Guide, is provided to assist you in the learning process. The lessons you learn, happening through active discussion and participation, will help riders like you be safer on the road.

Depending on the site where you register to take the course, you could have in-person classroom or virtual classroom.

TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Welcome to the World of Motorcycling
  • Risk and Motorcycling
  • Preparing to Ride
  • Wheels in Motion
  • Mental Motorcycling
  • Cornering With Confidence
  • Maximum Braking and Swerving
  • Special Situations
  • Impairments to Riding

ON-CYCLE EXERCISES:

With the engine off and both feet on the ground, a method called static practice will be used to introduce students to new motor skills.

Each exercise has a time limit. The time provided reflects the average amount of time a novice student needs to attain and practice that specific exercise skill. Students must meet each exercise objective to proceed. Additional time may be requested during your breaks.

Where required, your instructor will provide a demonstration of the specific skills required for the exercise.

Breaks will be provided approximately every hour with the minimum break time being ten (10) minutes. Additional and/or longer breaks may be necessary depending on conditions (such as weather).

Your riding sessions will be broken down into the following sequence:

Day 1

  • Motorcycle Introduction
  • Getting Underway
  • Break (student rest)
  • Starting and Stopping
  • Shifting and Stopping
  • Break
  • Throttle Control and Turning
  • Low Speed Control
  • Break
  • Press to Initiate Lean
  • Cornering

Day 2

  • Control in Limited Spaces
  • Stopping in Shorter Distances
  • Break
  • Stopping in a Curve
  • Cornering with Confidence
  • Break
  • Upshifting and Engine Breaking
  • Lane Changes
  • Swerving
  • Break
  • Controls Practice
  • Traffic Interaction and U-turns
  • Break
  • Rider Skill Evaluations (On-Cycle Testing)    

Students will then take the Rider Skill Evaluation (On-Cycle Testing). This exam will compose of 4 exercises which will be graded on timing and scoring of the student. Points will be accumulated for items such as dropping the motorcycle, stalling, speed, etc.

Upon successful completion, the student will be issued a Motorcycle Ohio BRS course completion certificate via email valid for 60 calendar days and be eligible for the BMV skill test waiver for a motorcycle endorsement.

Recommended items to bring to the range for on-cycle training:

  • Water/electrolyte drinks
  • Snacks
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) – we ride in the rain! 
  • Chair to sit in during breaks

Motorcycles

Motorcycle Ohio has a sufficient number of training motorcycles to provide each student with a motorcycle to ride during the course. Examples of Motorcycles used in the training course include, but are not limited to:

  • Honda Rebel 250 or 300
  • Suzuki GZ250
  • Suzuki TU250
  • Suzuki Van Van 200

In certain situations, students may be able to use their own motorcycle.

Please note that three-wheeled motorcycles are not allowed in MO BRS, BRS-RR or BRS-2 courses. Please refer to the below process to initiate your request.

Requesting
Students wanting to use their own motorcycle in a BRS/BRS-RR:

  • Contact the training location prior to class to see if the use of a personal motorcycle is allowed. Be aware that every site does not allow this request.
  • Must provide a good reason why they need to use their own motorcycle (IE medical condition).
  • Find your closest location by visiting Training Sites

Using Your Own Motorcycle

Any motorcycle model manufactured for on-highway use that meets the following criteria may be used:

  1. Engine displacement is between 100cc and 500cc.
  2. Motorcycle is a 2-wheeled vehicle (not more than 2 wheels).
  3. Motorcycle is street-legal.
  4. Motorcycle is currently licensed and insured (proof of insurance and registration must be shown to instructor). By using their own motorcycle, the student is liable for any injury or damage to other students or equipment.

After approval, the student may then use their motorcycle in the class after a successful inspection and approval by the MO instructor prior to the first riding exercise. Download the Personal Vehicle Inspection Form, complete and bring with you to class.

Scooter

Motorcycle Ohio does NOT provide scooters to ride during the riding portions of our courses.

What is considered a motor scooter? Per the Ohio Revised Code 4501.01 (YY) "Motor-driven cycle or motor scooter" means any vehicle designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, with a seat for the driver and floor pad for the driver's feet, and is equipped with a motor with a piston displacement between fifty and one hundred cubic centimeters piston displacement that produces not more than five brake horsepower and is capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed greater than twenty miles per hour on a level surface.

Please note that three-wheeled scooters are not permitted in MO BRS/BRS-RR/BRS-2 courses.

In certain situations students may be able to use their own scooter. Please refer to the below process to initiate your request.

Requesting

Students wanting to use their own scooter must contact the training location to verify if the use of their personal scooter is permitted.

Your Scooter

Any scooter model manufactured for on-highway use that meets the following criteria may be used:

  • Engine displacement is between 100cc and 500cc. Please note if your scooter is greater than 100cc it is considered a motorcycle and a 2 wheel motorcycle TIPIC or license is required
  • Scooter is street-legal.
  • MC registered scooter for adult operators.
  • MS registered scoter for minor operators.
  • Scooter is currently licensed and insured (proof of insurance and registration must be shown to instructor). 
  • By using their own scooter the student is liable for any injury or damage to other students or equipment.
  • 3-wheel scooters are not permitted in a 2-wheel training course

After approval a student may then use their scooter in the class after a successful inspection and approval by the MO instructor prior to the first riding exercise. 

Download and complete the Personal Vehicle Inspection Form and bring with you to class.

Required TIPIC

Students must provide the appropriate TIPIC & vehicle registration for the scooter they are using.

  • Minor with a M4 TIPIC & MS Registered Scooter meeting engine displacement.
  • Adults with a M4 TIPIC & MS Registered Scooter Meeting engine displacement.
  • M1 TIPIC and MC registered scooter meeting engine displacement.

Medical and Special Considerations

Please make the training site aware of any special requirements you may have so 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:

  • Too short to sit on the motorcycle with both feet touching the ground
  • Neck or back injuries that may affect your strength or mobility
  • Recent injury(s) or surgery
  • Pregnancy
  • Mental illness
  • Vision or hearing problems
  • Physical disabilities especially those affecting the hands, legs or neck
  • Ability to learn or take tests such as but not limited to dyslexia, ADD, or developmental disability

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 student’s ability to safely participate in the riding portions of the course.