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 great great. Really helped develop respect for a motorcycle and safety on the road. Loved the safety skills, practice, and welcoming attitude of all the instructors. Highly recommended."
― Sandeep
"This was a truly amazing experience. I have been riding for over 15 years and still learned a lot from the instructors. Instructors were very informative, supportive and understanding."
― Alexander Yin
"Often it's hard to retrain the way you do something. I've rode 1 form of a motorcycle or another since I was a child. This course was worth taking especially when you consider how it improves your safety while riding. I'm thankful to the instructors, it was an enjoyable experience that I'm sure will pay of while riding."
― Ten C
"The instructors take time to explain everything for beginners and intermediate training. They then show you how each concept is implemented on the motorcycle and learning hands on. Although I was nervous, the instructors had a lot of patience and pointed out what I needed to do to become a better rider."
― Muhi Khwaja
"Chris and Craig’s techniques where phenomenal. Chris was very professional, unbiased, focused, and very helpful. Craig was cool, hip, and straight forward to point out what needs to be corrected. Also he is very honest if you are not ready for the road based on his assessment of your skills. Don’t feel bad if you don’t pass, it’s for your own safety!! 👍🏼"
― Milo De La Cruz
"Such incredible instructors. Learned an insane amount in just three days. Recommend 1000 times over. If you want to ride, do yourself a favour and take the course."
― Timcat
"Had a good experience. Craig and the other instructors were more than patient with there teaching. Had an awesome time and learned a lot from this motorcycle school. Highly recommend it to anyone. Shout out To the class of August 29-30 2019. Ride safe everyone."
― Carlos Ahumada

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