Total Control® Intermediate Riding Clinic in the Bay Area

Pacific Motorcycle Training

Note: If you are looking for a course to waive your DMV skills test, click here.

TC IRC is The Perfect Next Step for Newer and Returning Riders

Novices practice until they get it right, professionals practice it until they can't get it wrong.

The Total Control® Intermediate Riding Clinic is the perfect next step for newer riders who are looking to improve their skills on their own bike as well as riders that have recently gotten back into riding after years off. This course includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction.

You will learn intermediate-level skills required to safely operate a full-sized motorcycle and understand the basic psychology of riding to help make better choices on the road. Topics covered include having a proper mental state, understanding two-wheeled vehicle dynamics, cornering strategies for multiple types of turns, emergency braking and evasive maneuvers.

Students completing the IRC report significantly improved riding skills, confidence and the ability to make better choices about when and how to ride. The IRC 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.

Although designed primarily as safety course, the IRC is both challenging and fun. The Clinics are done in one 7-8 hour day on your own motorcycle. The IRC is based on the most current research in rider safety, utilizes modern training methods and has been proven to enhance student outcomes.

Motorcycle Requirements

Students must provide their own motorcycles for the class. Motorcycles used for the range exercises must be street-legal and have current registration. In addition, students must have a motorcycle insurance policy in force. Students must provide insurance policy and license (tag) numbers at the start of the class.

Your motorcycle should be well maintained. This includes the following:

  • Your tires should have sufficient tread (at least 3mm). Air pressure will be checked before the class starts.
  • No car tires or race tires or race compound tires allowed regardless if they are DOT approved.
  • Your bike should not overheat while stopped with the motor running on a hot day.
  • On liquid cooled bikes, check the coolant level.
  • Check the engine oil level.
  • Your charging system must function properly, and a relatively new battery is highly recommended because you will be starting the bike frequently.
  • Brakes are in good working order.
  • No motorcycles with leaking fluids will be allowed on the range. This includes: engine oil, transmission fluid, gasoline, engine coolant, brake fluid or anything else that may leak from a motorcycle.
  • Absolutely no race tires or race compound tires are allowed even if they are DOT approved. These tires will not get hot enough to maintain traction during the class.

Gear Requirements

  • Full-finger, 100% leather or street-specific motorcycle gloves.
  • Long sturdy pants with no holes (denim jeans, leather pants, motorcycle specific pants).
  • Over-the-ankle protective boots.
  • DOT-approved helmet, if you have one.
  • Eye Protection.
  • Motorcycle-specific riding jacket.

For New Riders

Learn the basics of riding safely in a controlled environment and receive the certificate required to waive the DMV riding skill test. Our friendly basic riding course was designed for people with zero experience on a motorcycle. We provide motorcycles and helmets for you to learn with.

For Experienced Riders

Become a better—and safer—rider using your own motorcycle with our Intermediate Riding Clinic. Or take your cornering and crash-avoidance skills to the highest level with our Advanced Riding Clinics, taught only by the best certified instructors in the Bay Area!


"Great information, builds base knowledge, confidence and fun. Highly recommend to all Riders. Instructors are helpful and make the course fun and enjoyable"
― Vito Scarnecchia
"This is the only place you need to go! The staff here is what its all about!"
― Matt Yockey
"I had such a great time at class with Ken and Kyle. I’ve been riding for awhile but they still taught me some new things. Thank you Pacific Motorcycle Training. I will be back for more training."
― Camille Scerri
"Great Place to Start Your Motorcycle Journey. The instructors create a positive learning atmosphere and help you improve your bike handling techniques. I'll be taking their intermediate/ advanced classes later. Chris, Isaak and Ken were great teachers."
― Ross Sherwood
"5 stars for the program! I’ve learned a lot just by attending this short 2 day course. Both Chris and Isaac are great instructors. They bring lots of real life experience and humor when they teach. They make the classes fun both inside the class room and on the range. Highly recommend them!!"
― D C
"The instructors are very insightful, nice, and patient. I'm glad I took this course. I would recommend it to anyone looking to learn how to ride a motorcycle. If I decide to pursue any advance motorcycling courses, they will likely be my first consideration."
― Charles May
"No matter the years of riding experience you have, take this training which will teach you a lot of unknowns. Big thanks to Tim, Mike and Chris for being so passionate about what they do. The best trainers in and around Bay Area."
― Sainath S

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