Intermediate Riding Courses in Pennsylvania
Intermediate Riding Clinic (1 day licensing course)
The Perfect Next Step for Newer and Returning Riders
The Total Control Intermediate Riding Clinic (Total Control IRC®) is the perfect next step for newer riders who are looking to improve their skills as well as riders that have recently returned to riding after years off. This course includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction.
The Intermediate Riding Clinic is based on the most current research in rider safety, utilizes modern training methods and has been proven to enhance student outcomes. Although designed primarily as a safety course, the course is also challenging and fun and it is completed in one 8-hour day.
Students must provide their own motorcycle, proof of insurance and protective riding gear.
The Intermediate Riding Clinic is FREE to Pennsylvania residents with a valid driver's license or motorcycle permit.
Out-of-state residents pay $250 to take the IRC and must call 888.601.0613 to register.
What are the requirements to become licensed through the IRC?
You must have a valid Class M permit and you must have your own motorcycle with valid registration, inspection and insurance.
Students passing the written and skill evaluation at the end of the course receive a completion card and earn their motorcycle license-waiving the on-cycle skills test at the local Driver License Center (DLC).
Do I need to take the BRC before I take the IRC?
No, it is not required, but it is highly recommended to take the BRC before the Intermediate Riding Clinic.
Students who attend this class to obtain their license will be required to demonstrate fundamental riding skills by passing a basic riding evaluation at the beginning of the class.
You will need either a valid Class M permit or Class M license. You MUST have a valid permit or license for the entire class.
Protective gear is required for all students, which includes a DOT-approved helmet (full-face recommended), motorcycle jacket and long, durable pants, gloves and boots that cover the ankles. Absolutely no race tires, race compound tires or car tires allowed regardless if they are DOT approved.
What It Covers
The single most important control on your motorcycle is the throttle. This is because—beyond speed and acceleration—it applies forces to so many aspects of your bike's handling, including traction, suspension, weight transfer, steering, stability, and ground clearance. Knowing how to skillfully apply the throttle is one of the major distinctions between good riders and great riders.
Because emergency stops can be scary due to the limited amount of traction you have and how much it would hurt to kiss the ground, very few riders practice quick braking and even less have the actual knowledge and skills to do it safely. During our IRC, you will learn and practice the right technique to achieve short stops so you are prepared when you need to brake quickly and avoid a hazard.
Vision is, without a doubt, the most fundamental skill for proper riding. The majority of decisions made while riding are based on information coming in through your eyes. The main reason for vision being so critical is that you go where you look but even experienced racers struggle with maintaining proper vision through the corners. You will learn why riders go where they look and how you can use your eyes to your advantage and safety during every ride.
Unlike cars, motorcycles can take a lot of different lines through a particular corner. Some of these lines will help you make a safe and serene progression through the bends, while others will ruin your perfect ride! During our IRC you will learn how to plan and follow proper lines on every corner of the road.
Low Speed Turns
Few activities in street riding can be as frustrating as having to make a low-speed, tight turn in a limited amount of space—especially if you don't know the technique. Fortunately, it is one of the easiest skills to learn. In fact, most riders are able to reduce their minimum turning diameter by 30 to 40 percent in as little as five minutes of practice!
Swerving around an obstacle at speed can be a life-saving technique but it requires skill and practice to avoid surpassing the available traction of your tires and crashing during the maneuver. During our IRC, you will learn and practice the technique necessary to do it safely when the emergency arises.
Road Speed Cornering
During our IRC, you will learn how to put together the throttle control, vision, line selection and body position techniques to practice safe turns at road speeds during your everyday rides.
Riders who complete the Intermediate Riding Clinic report significantly improved riding skills, confidence and the ability to make better choices about when and how to ride. The Intermediate Riding Clinic is also used extensively by the Navy and Marine Corps as "Level 2" training (within 60 days of completing a beginner course) and "Refresher" training (every three years) to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities. It is officially recognized for Level 2 training by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, which satisfies requirements for active duty service members and civilians to get their base sticker to ride on base.
The Intermediate Riding Clinic Promises
Our team is committed to making you a better and safer rider and, in doing so, makes these promises: