Basic Rider System (BRS)

The Iron Pony Riding Academy offers instruction to new and experienced motorcycle and scooter riders. All you need is a desire to learn, a valid M1 temporary permit (or endorsement), the proper protective gear and the right attitude. For the M1 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.
  • Completion waives motorcycle skills test at BMV.
  • 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 M1 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

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

Practice Riding Sessions

  • 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

    Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmets.

    • 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 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:
      • Engine displacement is between 100cc and 500cc.
      • Motorcycle is a two-wheeled vehicle.
      • Motorcycle is street legal.
      • Motorcycle is currently licensed and insured (proof of insurance required).
    • 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 motorcycles 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.

    Rider Responsibilities

    Riders will be riding a motorcycle during this course; therefore, during the riding portions of the course, you must wear protective closing consisting of the following:

    • Over-the-ankle boots.
    • Full-finger gloves.
    • Long sleeved shirt or jacket.
    • Long pants, preferably jeans. There may not be any holes.
    • DOT approved helmet.
    • Eye protection if using an open faced helmet. A full face helmet consisting of a face shield will suffice as eye protection.

    In order to take the Basic Rider System, you are required to have a valid M1 temporary Instructional Permit Identification Card (TIPIC) or a motorcycle endorsement on your drivers license.

    Payment will be required the balanced owed. The registration fee of $125.00 is non-refundable and is applied to the balance of the class.

    The rider must be at least 15 and a half years of age to take the course. Any riders under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign a liability waiver prior to the first riding session.

    Passing the course is mandatory in order to obtain a motorcycle endorsement.

    The course operates rain or shine. It is suggested that the rider bring foul weather gear.

    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.
    2. 96% of better on a written knowledge test. The test consists of 50 multiple choice questions. All questions are covered in the student workbook or classroom presentations.
    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:

    • 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 other.

    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.