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 staff and experience. Was very comfortable and enjoyed the confidence, even when the rain started to fall. Had fun, learned a lot and enjoyed the knowledge that was shared."
― Paul Rousseau
"This was an incredible class. My only experience on a motorcycle was a Honda Trail 90 when I was a kid. I learned so much and now I only need to pass the written test at DMV to get the motorcycle endorsement on my license. This course is worth every penny!"
― Glenn Abersold
"Very thorough. Great for beginners. Basic fundamentals are instilled in you from the beginning to the end. Craig and Ken are terrific guys, great attitudes and very knowledgeable. Also their patience is what counts... I will be attending another slightly advanced class that they offer. Parking is great at both class and range locations."
― RR Leland
"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
"Ken and Kyle are really great teachers! They are patient, knowledgeable and sure speak SLOW so that we can hear the instructions clear. I had more fun than I expected. SSF is quite cooler than South Bay though."
― Yuxiao Wu
"Let me start off with WOW! This course was just magnificent. The instructors are really fun and amazing, I've never been on a bike before until this course and they tought me every thing I needed to know and now I can confidently ride a motorcycle."
― Gregory Woodruff
"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

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