• The Iron Pony Riding Academy requires all students to have a valid temporary permit or motorcycle endorsement to take a class.
    We will not offer refunds, transfers, or exchanges for those who enroll in a class but do not have a valid Ohio TIPIC. We DO NOT offer refunds for deposits made to hold a class.
    • Iron Pony Riding Academy - BASIC RIDER SYSTEM (BRS)

    • We offer instruction to new and experienced motorcycle and scooter riders. All you need is a desire to learn, a motorcycle valid temporary permit (or endorsement), the proper protective gear and the right attitude. For the motorcycle temporary permit to be valid, you must take and pass a knowledge test at an exam station. Click here for more information on obtaining a motorcycle valid temporary permit.

      Basic Rider System Highlights

    • - Fee - $275.00 (Non-refundable $125.00 registration fee)
    • - 16-hour course.
    • - Skill test waiver course.
    • - No experience is needed.
    • - Motorcycles and helmets are provided, but students may bring their own helmet providing Department of Transportation approved.
    • - Requires only a valid Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card (TIPIC) or a motorcycle endorsement on your license.
    • - Successful completion earns the BMV skill test waiver for a motorcycle endorsement WITHIN 60 days of course completion.
    • - Students must provide their own over-the-ankle, sturdy footwear; full-fingered gloves; long sleeved shirt or jacket; and long pants.
    • - At a minimum, each BRS student must be able to ride a bicycle.
    • - All course times/dates are subject to change.

      Classroom topics include:

    • - Introduction to motorcycling.
    • - Risk awareness and management.
    • - Preparing to ride.
    • - Street strategies.

      Practice riding sessions include:

    • - Motorcycle familiarization
    • - Using the friction zone
    • - Starting and stopping drill
    • - Shifting and stopping
    • - Adjusting speed and turning
    • - Control-skills practice
    • - Cornering
    • - Matching gears to speed
    • - Stopping quickly
    • - Limited-space maneuvers
    • - Pressing to initiate lean
    • - Cornering judgment
    • - Negotiating curves
    • - Stopping quickly in a curve
    • - Obstacles and lane changes
    • - Avoiding hazards
    • - Skills practice
    • - Skill evaluation

      Iron Pony Riding Academy provides:

      Rider Responsibilities:

      Helmets - Department of Transportation (DOT) - Approved.

    • There are both 3/4 (open face) and full-face helmets available to borrow during the riding portions of the course. If you borrow an open-faced helmet from IP-RA or use your own, you will need to provide eye protection such as sunglasses, safety glasses or goggles. Full-face helmets with the face shield closed do not require additional eye protection.
    • Students are encouraged to use their own helmets, as long as the helmet is DOT-approved and has a sticker certifying the DOT approval.
    • Motorcycles

    • IP-RA has a sufficient number of training motorcycles to provide each student with a motorcycle to ride during the riding portions of the course.
    • Student-owned motorcycles/scooters may be used in the Basic Rider System. The student should state a good reason why they are using their own motorcycle. Any motorcycle/scooter model manufactured for on-highway use that meets the following criteria may be used:
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    • 1. Engine displacement is between 100 and 500cc
    • 2. Motorcycle/scooter is a 2-wheeled vehicle (not more than 2 wheels).
    • 3. Motorcycle/scooter is street-legal.
    • 4. Motorcycle/scooter is currently licenses and insured (proof of insurance must be shown to instructor).
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    • An instructor will inspect the student's motorcycle/scooter for road worthiness prior to the first riding exercise. The student may then use their motorcylce/scooter in the class after a successful inspection and approval by the IP-RA instructor.
    • Please note that three-wheeled motorcycle or scooters are not allowed in IP-RA courses.
    • Student workbooks

    • Iron Pony Riding Academy provides each student with a Rider Handbook covering the material to be learned during the course.
    • You will be riding a motorcycle during this course; therefore, during the riding portions of the course, you must wear protective clothing consisting of the following:
    • - Over-the-ankle sturdy footwear.
    • - Full-finger gloves
    • - Long-sleeved shirt of jacket
    • - Long pants without holes - preferably jeans
    • - DOT-approved helmet if you have one - otherwise IP-RA will provide one
    • - Eye protection if using an open-faced helmet or a full-face helmet with the face shield down
    • In order to take the Basic Rider System, you are also required to have a valid Motorcycle Temporary Instructional Permit Identification card (TIPIC) or a Motorcycle Endorsement on your driver's license.
    • Registration

    • - There is a $125.00 non-refundable registration fee.
    • - You must be at least 15-1/2 years of age to take the course. If under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must sign a liability waiver before the first riding session
    • - Passing the course is mandatory in order to obtain a motorcycle endorsement on your license
    • Other Suggested Items

    • - Foul-weather-gear, the course is conducted rain or shine
    • - Sunblock
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      Passing the course

    • This course should not be viewed as a pass or fail experience. The Basic Rider System is of great value to beginners and experienced riders alike in that it allows students to learn about reducing the risk of riding a motorcycle and to practice in a controlled environment under the watchful eye of trained instructors.
    • Motorcycling is not for everyone. Those students who do not pass the Basic Rider System still benefit by learning more about motorcycling and they have a better gauge of their ability to handle a motorcycle and desire to participate in the sport.

      Requirements for passing the course

    • 1. 100% attendance in both classroom and riding sessions
    • 2. 96% or better on a written knowledge test (multiple choice, 50 questions - all questions are covered in the student workbook or the classroom movies)
    • 3. 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.
    • 4. 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 and other 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:
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    • - 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 mental retardation
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    • 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.
    • Click HERE for a printable copy of the medical release form.
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  • The Iron Pony Riding Academy requires all students to have a valid temporary permit or motorcycle endorsement to take a class. We will not offer refunds, transfers, or exchanges for those who enroll in a class but do not have a valid Ohio TIPIC.
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  • Have any questions? Feel free to send us an e-mail! info@ip-ra.com
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