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Ride Safe Indiana

RSI > Basic RiderCourse > Curriculum Curriculum

Classroom Content

1. Course Introduction
  • Course Requirements
  • Risk and Responsibilities
2. Motorcycle Types
  • Street Motorcycles
  • Dual-Purpose Motorcycles
  • Off-Highway Motorcycles
3. Controls, Indicators and Equipment
  • Primary Controls
  • Other Controls
  • Indicators and Equipment
4. About Basic Operation
  • Engine Start and Stop
  • Clutch Lever and Friction Zone
  • Riding Posture
  • Basic Turning
  • Braking to a Stop
  • Shifting
5. Preparing to Ride: The Four Preps
  • Motorcycle Fit
  • Motorcycle Inspection and Maintenace
  • Personal Protective Gear
  • Mental Attitude
6. Risk & Riding
  • Risk Awareness
  • Risk Acceptance
  • Risk Management
  • Self-Awareness
7. Basic Street Strategies
  • Positioning
  • Being Visible
  • An Active Strategy
  • Mental Processing
  • Escape Paths
8. Strategies for Common Riding Situations
  • Intersections
  • Between Intersections
  • Blind Spots
  • Lane Changes
  • Freeway Merging and Exiting
  • Curves
  • Limited Space Maneuvers
  • Starting on a Hill
  • Obstacles
  • Parking
  • Road Furniture
  • Passing
  • Tailgaters
  • Night Riders
  • Group Riding
9. Basics for Emergencies
  • Braking Systems
  • Emergency Stop in a Straight Line
  • Emergency Stop in a Curve
  • Front Tired Skid
  • Rear Tire Skid
  • Swerving
  • The Brake or Swerve Decision
10. Special Riding Situations
  • Road Surfaces
  • Carrying Passengers or Cargo
  • Touring
  • Wind
  • Animals
  • Maintenance and Emergency Issues
11. Rider Impairments
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Intervention
  • Other Factors AffectingSafety
12. Select Topics
  • Licensing Information
  • Personal Protective Gear Requirements
  • State Motorcycle Equipment Requirements
  • State Insurance Requirements
  • Consequences for Impaired Riding
13. Key Safety Concepts
  • Self-Assessment
14. Knowledge Test
15. Next Steps
  • Training beyond the BRC
16. Range Preparation
  • Range Safety Rules
  • RiderCoach Signals
  • How the Range Exercises Work

Range Exercises

1. Familiarization
  • Identify location and operation of important controls and major parts
  • Review mounting/dismounting procedures
  • Use engine start and shutdown procedures
2. Using the Friction Zone
  • Become skilled in using the clutch friction zone for control
3. Starting & Stopping Drill
  • Learn clutch/throttle coordination to start out and stop with precision and control
4. Shifting & Stopping
  • Shift gears and stop smoothly
5. Adjusting Speed & Turning
  • Develop the basic skills of adjusting speed and turning (counter-steering technique)
6. Controls-Skills Practice
  • Combine throttle, clutch and brake use with a variety of maneuvers
7. Cornering
  • Develop the slow/look/press/roll technique for smooth, precise cornering
8. Matching Gears to Speed
  • Practice matching gear shifting to road speed
9. Stopping Quickly
  • Develop quick-stop capabilities
10. Limited-Space Maneuvers
  • Refine maneuvering skills to allow turns in limited spaces
11. Pressing to Initiate Lean
  • Develop deeper understanding of counter-steering for initiating turns
12. Cornering Judgment
  • Develop cornering finesse through additional rider judgment of entry speed and degree of curve
13. Negotiating Curves
  • Demonstrate smooth and precise cornering techniques through various paths of travel
14. Stopping Quickly in a Curve
  • Learn techniques to maintain control while stopping in a curve
15. Obstacles & Lane Changes
  • Develop proficiency in crossing over obstacles
  • Practice making safe lane changes
16. Avoiding Hazards
  • Learn the collision-avoidance skills of swerving and quick braking
17. Skills Practice
  • Capstone exercise that combines a variety of maneuvers
18. Skill Test To assess basic skills using a U-turn, swerve, quick stop and cornering maneuver:
  • To demonstrate basic motorcycle control skills and ability to avoid an obstacle
  • To demonstrate ability to use the proper technique to negotiate a curve

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