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Basic Rider Skills for Returning Riders (BRS-RR)

Basic Rider Skills for Returning Riders (BRS-RR)

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For riders 18 and over who have been riding on a temporary permit for at least a year, or who are starting to ride again after an extended time away from riding, the Returning Rider BRS (BRS-RR) is the course to take.

BRS-RR Highlights

  • 8-hour course: 2 hours of in-person classroom or virtual classroom (varies by site) and 6 hours of on-cycle instruction.
  • The student must demonstrate basic motorcycle handling skills at beginning of class to continue in the course.
  • Requires a valid 2 wheel Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card (TIPIC)
  • Designed for those 18 years of age or older who have been riding with a temporary permit for longer than one year and for experienced riders returning to riding after several years of not riding.
  • 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-RR course, you must have either a valid 2 wheel (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 permitted.
  • Long pants (without any holes). Sturdy material, such as denim; should reach past the tops of your footwear when seated. Yoga/exercise pants a rot 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.

Objectives

Objectives for the MORE BRS-RR include:

  • Refining basic motorcycle skills
  • Improving techniques
  • Gaining more knowledge of risk, including how to manage risk while riding. 
     

Course Requirements

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 skill evaluation. The evaluation consists of four exercises that measure your basic motorcycle control and hazard response skills.

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-RR and must be done at your local BMV prior to the start of Exercise 1.

Classroom Topics

A 2-hour classroom session (in-person or virtual depending on the site you register to take the class)

A student workbook, the MORE Basic Riding Skills Course Guide, is provided to assist you in the learning process.

Topics include:

  • Risk & Motorcycling
  • Mental Motorcycling
  • Cornering
  • Maximum Breaking and Swerving
  • Special Situations
  • Impairments to Riding

Range Exercises

Screening BRS-RR Students prior to Riding

The first two on-cycle exercises are to ensure that all riders possess the minimum, basic skills necessary to safely operate the motorcycle. At a minimum you must demonstrate basic motorcycle control skills including use of the clutch lever and friction zone to move the motorcycle, smooth upshifting and downshifting, smooth stopping at a designated point using both brakes, and turning, as well as overall motorcycle control. 

Riders unable to demonstrate these skills will be dismissed from the Returning Rider course before the start of Exercise #3 and rescheduled into a novice-level Basic Riding Skills course. 

*No refunds will be provided if you cannot demonstrate basic control skills.

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:

  • Motorcycle Introduction 
  • Basic Motorcycle Control Skills
  • Mini-Break if Needed
  • Stopping in Shorter Distances
  • Break
  • Stopping Quickly in a Curve 
  • Cornering
  • Break
  • Cornering with Confidence 
  • Control in Limited Spaces
  • Break
  • Swerving 
  • Controls Practice 
  • Traffic Interaction and U-turns
  • Rider Skill Evaluations

Students will then take a skill evaluation. Upon successful completion, the student will be issued a Motorcycle Ohio BRS-RR course completion card 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:

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

Scooters

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.