Intermediate Rider Training
The Returning Rider Training (also known as Intermediate Rider Training) is designed for returning riders with riding experience to take a 1-day training course on smaller sized training motorcycles. More experienced, seasoned riders, can sign-up for this class to fine-tune techniques and mental skills needed for survival in traffic.
What is involved in the Intermediate Rider Training?
During this one-day course there is a classroom portion to discuss risk awareness and management, preparing to ride (bike and rider), safer street strategies, lane positioning, visibility, cornering, maximum braking, common riding situations and scenarios, such as passengers and cargo, night riding, hills and swerving, and the effects of alcohol and other drugs on riding. We end the classroom portion with a knowledge test.
Through the range exercises, you will practice techniques of shifting and stopping, blending of controls, managing traction, cornering, swerving and stopping quickly. The course ends with an optional skills evaluation to add a motorcycle permit onto your Washington State license.
Do I qualify to take the Intermediate Rider Training?
Students must have adequate prior experience operating a motorcycle. The first riding exercise will be used to evaluate and screen the students. If a student does not possess minimum riding abilities (starting, stopping, shifting gears and turning) they will not be allowed to continue the course. Students who are dismissed are not entitled to a refund of their tuition.
If you are not sure if you possess the minimum riding skills required for this course then you should consider the Basic Training Course for your training needs or call our office for guidance.
How much does the Intermediate Rider Training cost?
The IRT full cost is $235. However, due to subsidy funding through the Department of Licensing using motorcycle endorsement fees we are able to offer most of our classes at a discounted rate to WA residents (with a WA ID#) or active duty military depending on the subsidy allowed at the time of reading this. The schedule will show what hte cost is for a particular course assuming you are a WA residents or active duty military stationed here. If you are non-resident or without a WA ID#, the price is $235 regardless of the price shown on the schedule. There is no different in course content between the $235 and the subsidized priced displayed on our schedule.
If I am under 18 years old?, is the price different?
A training course is required by state law for anyone under 18 years old trying to obtain their motorcycle permit/endorsement. A parent or guardian will need to sign a waiver before you will be allowed to ride. This must be done at the beginning of class, in our office, or can be notarized prior to your training date.
Students must provide:
- A parental permission form if under the age of 18
- US DOT compliant helmet (small supply is available)
- Eye protection (glasses, goggles or face shield)
- Long sleeve shirt or jacket
- Long pants
- Sturdy over-the-ankle footwear
- Full-fingered riding gloves
- Appropriate rain gear, sunglasses, snacks & drinks, etc., for weather conditions during your class.
How do I sign up?
- Check the schedule for open availability. Click here to view the Schedule.
- Once you find a training date you are interested in you may register:
- Online (click the Register Now button next to your training date)
- Call our office (253) 770-8888 (Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm)
- In person at our office (address is at the bottom of the page, or call for directions)
- To secure your spot you may use your Visa or Mastercard online, over the phone, or in person at our office.
- After payment is made for your spot we will send you a Confirmation Letter containing dates, times, maps, directions, what to bring, what to expect, and more.
Where can I buy the riding gear that I need?
We recommend that you check out our list of supporting dealerships found on our links page. Each one carries a full line of protective gear and has knowledgeable staff that would be very happy to help you start your riding experience in the right direction.
Will I get a lunch break?
Throughout the course you will be given a short breaks as well as a lunch break on full 8-hour days. Make sure you bring plenty of fluids and snacks. Learning to ride a motorcycle safely demands an alert mind. We would also recommend a good night’s rest before your course date.
Do I need my own motorcycle?
The IRT does not require you to bring your own motorcycle. We provide training motorcycles (many loaned to us at no expense by the local dealers - please check out our supporting dealerships) for your use.
What kind of benefits are offered as a result of passing this course?
- Motorcycle permit along with a course completion card
- Cheaper insurance
- Dealership discounts & coupons
- Learn/Improve skills
- Greater confidence
- Information on riding gear
- Base access for military riders
Will I still have to take a test with the DOL to earn my permit?
No, the permit tests are included as part of the training course. Successfully passing both the written and skills evaluations earns you a completion card as well as an option to add your permit to your license as long as you add it within 180 days following the completion of your testing. We will upload your scores to the DOL system within 3 days of completion and you can go into the DOL or apply online for your permit after paying the motorcycle permit licensing fee to have the permit added to your license. *Note* You will not be legal on the road until the permit is added to a valid license.
I do not have a WA drivers license. Can I use the completion card to put a motorcycle permit on my other states drivers license?
Some states will honor the Course Completion Card as a way to get your permit/endorsement added to your license, however, some states will not. Please check with the Department of Licensing from your state to verify what requirements are necessary. You can always get a Washington State license and have the permit added, if needed.
Why are you so booked out?
The IRT is becoming a popular course and we do everything we can to keep classes available within 30 days however, with the lack of daylight hours we are limited in the number of classes we can run each day.
How can I get in sooner?
There are a couple ways to get in sooner. You may show up to any training date and if a student does not show for their class you may take their spot. Be prepared to fill out a registration form and make payment regardless if you are registered for another class. You will be refunded once the paperwork reaches our office.
Another option is to buy your own private class. What this means is you would pay for 6 student spots and we would work around your schedule and get you trained at your convenience. Since you have paid for those spots feel free to invite your family or friends to take it with you.
Do you have any cancellations?
Every day we hear this question. We do not know when a cancellation will happen and are unable to keep a wait list due to the high demand. It is recommended to sign up in the next available spot and then call periodically asking for these possible spots.
Is there anything I can do to get ready for the IRT?
If you have taken time off from your bike (i.e. winter months) or, if you are riding a new bike, consider spending time riding prior to your class. You will want to make sure you are comfortable with balance and lean before taking your class. Consider riding a bicycle a few times before class. It will help with balance, control, and health conditioning.