The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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April 27, 2014

Motorcycle Ohio Basic Rider Course available at Lakeside High School

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Motorcycle season is right around the corner and after the brutally cold winter the best way to spend the upcoming months might be on two wheels.

Ashtabula County offers a training site for the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Motorcycle Ohio Basic Rider Course at Lakeside High School, 6600 Sanborn Road.

Instructor Jeff Brodsky said the course is offered most weekends between now and July 1.

There is a $50 non-refundable registration fee and all students must obtain a valid temporary instruction permit identification card prior to the first day of class.

The Basic Rider Course is a 16-hour course with classroom instruction on Thursday evening and riding instruction on Saturday and Sunday, Brodsky said.

There is no riding experience needed to take the course and motorcycles and helmets are provided. Successful completion of the course earns students a Bureau of Motor Vehicles skill test waiver for a motorcycle endorsement.

Topics covered in the classroom portion of the course include and introduction to motorcycling; risk awareness and management; preparing to ride; and, street strategies.

During the riding portion of the course, students will learn 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; and skill evaluation.

All students are required to wear protective clothing during the riding portion of the course including over-the-ankle footwear; full-finger gloves; a long-sleeved shirt or jacket; long pants without holes, preferably jeans; and, eye protection if using an open-faced helmet or a full-faced helmet with the face shield down.

The course is conducted rain or shine so foul weather gear is suggested as well as sun block.

Students must be at least 15 1/2 years old to take the course. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a liability waiver before the first riding session.

For more information or to register online visit www.motorcycle.ohio.gov.

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