Learn to Ride, Get Your License in the Bay Area

CMSP Motorcyclist Training Course

Learn to ride and get licensed!

We are part of the California Motorcyclist Safety Program and we are certified to teach the CMSP Motorcyclist Training Course (MTC). The MTC is mandatory for those under the age of 21, but is also recommended to those 21 and older who are seeking to obtain a motorcycle endorsement on their California driver license.

The Motorcyclist Training Course is designed for the novice rider with no (or limited) street-riding experience. A typical class schedule consists of 5 hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of riding practice. During this motorcycle riding course, you will learn fundamental skills required to operate the motorcycle and progress to street riding skills and strategies. Even though the Motorcycle Training Course was designed with new riders in mind, most experienced riders that have taken the course have reported improving their riding skills considerably with it!

Topics covered include fear, understanding how motorcycles turn, proper cornering strategies, and emergency crash avoidance skills. The course is based on the most current research in rider safety, and utilizes modern training methods.

Completion of the MTC may waive the DMV riding skills test

Upon successful completion of the Motorcyclist Training Course you will receive a DMV riding test waiver. There are written and riding evaluations after the course to ensure you have competence in the material covered in the basic course. You must pass both evaluations to graduate.

21 And Over: $350

Under 21: $295

Motorcycles and helmets are provided to all our students for the riding practice portion of the course.

Get our Course Combos and save!

Basic + Intermediate = $630

Intermediate + Advanced = $690

Triple Pack (From Basic through Advanced, Level 1) =$945

Ride Like A Pro (From Basic through Advanced, Level 2) = $1,199

Contact us for details

Schedule & Directions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

Select a location near you and book a class available. We have locations in South San Francisco, Livermore and Salinas.

Can I take the course if I am under 21 years old?

Yes! If you are over 15½ and under 18, you must bring a photo ID and a parent or legal guardian to sign a waiver with you. Your parent must provide ID as well. Once the waiver is signed you are ready to participate.

What are the benefits of taking the course?

You will learn a solid set of skills and techniques needed to operate a motorcycle and progress you to street riding skills. You will also learn about important street strategies and life saving accident avoidance techniques. Additionally, upon successful completion of our course, you will earn a DMV skills test waiver (DL389).

Will my insurance be reduced?

Likely! Many insurance companies recognize the CMSP courses and offer discounts after successful completion of the course. Many companies even offer discounts on your car insurance as well.

What if I have ridden before? Is this course right for me?

Yes! While the basics are covered, our instructors also evaluate the riding of more experienced riders. After many years of teaching we have found that even experienced riders have much to gain from this course.

What is the content of the class?

The basic class is based on many years of motorcycle safety research conducted by Total Control Training. We utilize the most updated motorcycle safety information to provide a professional learning experience.

How long is the basic course?

The course consists of two classroom sessions and two riding sessions for a total of approximately 15 hours. The typical curriculum is: Classroom 1 - Range 1 - Classroom 2 - Range 2

What should I bring to the first day of class?

You must bring:

  • A current, valid, government issued photo ID. This may be issued from California, any State or any Country
  • A completed PMT waiver
  • Proper riding gear for the range session (see the next question)
  • Water in a reusable bottle and snacks
  • Pens and notepad

What gear do I need to bring? Are there any provided?

  • 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 (full-face or modular)
  • Eye Protection
  • Long sleeve shirt or jacket

PMT provides motorcycles and helmets. You may use your own DOT-approved modular or full face helmet if desired.

What size are the motorcycles?

The motorcycles provided range from 125cc to 250cc at SSF and Salinas. At Livermore they are Harley Davidson Street 500s (HD's entry level cruiser).

What if I am a shorter rider (Under 5'3")? What location should I ride at?

Take the MTC class in SSF or Salinas. NOT Livermore.

Can I bring my own motorcycle?

You may use your own motorcycle in the class, but it must meet two of three criteria set by the state program: 525cc or less, 425 lbs or less, and a seat height of 32" or less. Your motorcycle will be inspected for approval and you must also show proper registration and insurance documents.

Can I take the course on a scooter?

You can use your own scooter in class as long as it meets the same criteria as training motorcycles (525cc or less, 425 lbs or less, and a seat height of 32" or less). Your scooter will be inspected for approval and you must also show proper registration and insurance documents.

How do I graduate from the course?

There are written and riding evaluations to ensure you have competence in the material covered in the basic course. You must attent all sessions in full and pass both evaluations to graduate the course.

How do I get my California motorcycle license (M1) and how long does it take?

After successful completion of the basic course you will be mailed a California DMV form DL389. With this form and the passing of the DMV written evaluation you will be eligible for a M1 motorcycle endorsement. It takes up to 10 business days to receive the DMV waiver in the mail.

What if I'm not able to pass the class?

Sometimes students are unable to pass the class on the first try. If you do not pass the skills evaluation or the writing evaluation, you may schedule a retest. Please call us for details. If you fail both evaluations, you must re-enroll and take the entire course from the start at the full tuition rate.

What is the riding range like?

The riding ranges are generally at the parking lot of the designated location—on a closed course free of traffic.

Will I be ready to ride after passing the course?

When you pass the class you would have been taught the basics of motorcycle operation. We give you the tools, but it is up to you to sharpen the tools and continue practicing to become a safe responsible rider.

When will I receive my DL389 waiver?

Upon successful completion of the class you will be mailed your DMV waiver/Discount Card to the address you used when you registered. You can expect it to arrive within 10 business days.

How do I prepare for class?

Read the student handbook provided in the confirmation email; get sleep the days before class; ride a bicycle; drive a stick shift car; visit a local dealer and locate important controls like: brakes, clutch, throttle steering and start-up procedures.

Schedule & Directions

Course Policies

Safety First

Safety is our number one priority. The Motorcycle Training Course (MTC) is designed to provide an enjoyable learning experience for all students.

Class Expectations

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. We have a ZERO tolerance policy for alcohol and other drugs. Students who fail to respond to coaching or intentionally interfere with other students learning may be asked to leave. Our goal is to create a safe, positive learning environment.

Refunds and Rescheduling

This is a non-refundable course.

You may cancel up to 6 business days before the class, minus a $100 service charge.

If you cancel within 6 business days, you forfeit the entire course fee, or must pay a partial fee of $175 as a standby student.

If you are LATE or NO-SHOW to any portion of the class, you forfeit the entire course fee.

If you fail the knowledge or skills test, you may retake it for $75 fee. You must call the office within 30 days of failed class. Failure to call will result in a forfeiture of tuition and you must re-enroll into a new class at full tuition. Students who fail the Skills test may schedule into another riding session for a partial fee of $175 as a standby student. Students NOT able to participate safely have to pay a partial fee of $175 as a standby student.

Under 21?

Students under 21 before your first day of class, please be advised that your reduced fee of $295.00 will be charged and reflect on your confirmation letter that you will receive after you hit the submit button below. You will not need to take further action to receive the under-21 tuition price.

Students putting false or in-accurate birth dates in order to get reduced fees may be subject to the $55 difference or be dismissed from class and lose their entire course fees.

Late Policy

The State program prohibits us from allowing any student into any portion of the class who is late. Please plan on being at least 15 minutes early to all training sessions. Plan ahead and allow for extra time given the Bay Area traffic conditions.

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Get our Course Combos and save!

Basic + Intermediate = $630

Intermediate + Advanced = $690

Triple Pack (From Basic through Advanced, Level 1) =$945

Ride Like A Pro (From Basic through Advanced, Level 2) = $1,199

Contact us for details

For New Riders

Learn the basics of riding safely in a controlled environment and receive the certificate that may 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!

"What an incredible experience ! Ray is a character, funny and laid back for the online zoom portion. And Psy and Micah (forgive my spelling on names) were great instructors explanation and the whole nine yards. i was nervous going in but now much more confident on the mechanics of a motorcycle and the art of riding.Im ready to sharpen my skills cause I've got a lot more to learn. much appreciated! -Paul M"
― _ Mesi
"Great experience . Taught me alot in a short period of time . Instructors were very easy to approach and very helpful. Keep up the good work. Will definitely recommend."
― A Zamora
"Very informative instructors. I enjoyed every second of the 3 day beginner course. There are multiple people in class but they made sure to pay close attention to us individually. I missed the morning physical riding class because I forgot my ID, but got in during the evening class. DONT BE LIKE ME! Prepare for everything the night before and be ready to have fun!"
― Fox Talks
"I was scared at first but I got over it. The purpose of being in the class is to learn and be safe as a rider. The instructors Tony and Tex made it comfortable, fun and easy for everyone to learn. They gave feed back that made me feel confident to keep trying hard. I would recommend this company to everyone that wants to learn how to ride a motorcycle safely."
― Jay B.
"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
"I had a great experience here. The instructors are well informed and professional. I highly recommend the beginner course for someone who has no experience in riding. I came in not knowing how to start a motorcycle properly too up shifting and down shift gears, being able to stop abruptly, doing smooth turns, and all on a Harley!! Thank you all again."
― Henry Cornejo
"Had a truly informative experience. All of the teachers are patient and more importantly, extremely knowledgeable. They want you to succeed and create an environment for you to ask as many questions as needed. I highly recommend taking basic courses here."
― Baltazar Lopez

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