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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 course
  • No experience is needed
  • Motorcycles are provided
  • Requires only a valid Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card (TIPIC)
  • Successful completion earns the 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 motorcycle temporary instruction permit identification card (TIPIC) or a motorcycle endorsement on your license.

Students will need to provide the following protective equipment: over-the-ankle footwear, long pants (without any holes), long-sleeved shirt or jacket, full-fingered gloves and eye protection. To reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, Motorcycle Ohio will not be providing/loaning helmets. Students must provide their own DOT certified helmet for class.

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. Ask lots of questions.

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

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 this guide.
  • Successfully complete a riding skills test. The skills test consists of exercises practiced in the course, including basic motorcycle control skills, stopping quickly, swerving, and cornering.
     

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.

Click here to download a copy of the MORE Basic Riding Skills Course Guide.

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:

Requires a valid M1 Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card (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.

A method called static practice will be used to introduce you to new motor skills with the engine off and both feet on the ground.

Each exercise is timed which reflects the average amount of time a novice student needed to attain and practice the skills.

Where required, an 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.

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

Day 1

  • Locate / Operate Controls, Engine Start & Stop, FZ/Rocking
  • Getting Underway
  • Break (student rest)
  • Upshifting & Downshifting
  • Shifting , Stopping, and Tight Turns from a Stop
  • Break
  • Weaving
  • Weaving (15’x3’ offset) and Sharp Perimeter Turns
  • Lane Changes, Sharp Turns, and Weaving
  • Break
  • Pressing to Initiate Lean
  • Intro to Cornering
  • End of Day 1      

Day 2

  • U-turns, Sharp Turns, and Weaving (12’ straight)
  • Stopping Quickly
  • Break
  • Stopping Quickly in a Curve (Straighten then Brake)
  • Basic Cornering – SLRP
  • Break
  • Swerving
  • Controls Practice
  • Break
  • Traffic Interaction and U-turns
  • Cornering Practice – Ready-Set-Go
  • Break
  • Rider Skill Evaluations (On Cycle Testing)

Students will then take a skills test. Upon successful completion of the test, the student will be given a Motorcycle Ohio BRS course completion card valid for 60 calendar days and be eligible for the BMV skill test waiver for a motorcycle endorsement.

Motorcycles

Motorcycle Ohio has a sufficient number of training motorcycles to provide each student with a motorcycle to ride during the riding portions of the course.

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 courses. Please refer to the below process to initiate your request.

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

  • Need to contact the training location at the below link to see if the use of their 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

Required TIPIC
Students must provide an M1 TIPIC prior to the first riding exercise of the class.

Your 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 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 your inspection form HERE.

Scooters

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

Please note that three-wheeled scooters are not allowed in MO BRS/BRS-RR 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 in a BRS/BRS-RR:

  • Need to contact the training location at the below link to see if the use of their personal scooter is allowed. Be aware that every does not site allows this request.
  • Must provide a good reason why they need to use their own scooter (IE medical condition).
  • Find your closest training location by visiting Training Sites.

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

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.
  • Scooter is a 2-wheeled vehicle (not more than 2 wheels).
  • 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 must be shown to instructor). By using their own scooter the student is liable for any injury or damage to other students or equipment.

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 your inspection form HERE.

Medical and Special Considerations

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:

  • 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 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.