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.
The eRider MTC option replaces the traditional classroom instruction with interactive online learning at your own pace. These online learning sessions can be completed in an average of four to six hours and, once completed, you don't need to attend our traditional classroom instruction to qualify for the practice range sessions. Learn more about eRider here.
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: $425
IMPORTANT: Do not enroll in this class if you are not able to balance and comfortably ride a two-wheeled bicycle.
Motorcycles and helmets are provided to all our students for the riding practice portion of the course.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register?
Select a location near you and book a class available.
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:
What gear do I need to bring? Are there any provided?
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.
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.
Can I learn to ride on a clutch-less motorcycle or scooter?
Yes, we have limited a number clutch-less motorcycles/scooters that you can learn to ride on. Call the office for more information on availability.
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.
Is the class offered in languages other than English?
The MTC and EMTC are only offered in English. This includes the eRider software program. You are welcome to bring your own translator to class as long as the translator follows all directions and safety instructions given by the instructors. Obtaining, scheduling and/or any costs related to a translator or translation services is the sole responsibility of the student. Standard refund and reschedule policy rules apply as PMT is NOT responsible for any scheduling conflicts between a student and their translator. Translation providers can also assist students with eRider.
eRider Frequently Asked Questions
IMPORTANT: If you are unfamiliar with computers, website browsers or you don't consider yourself "tech savvy", you should sign up for traditional class or, if you are already signed up, contact the office to reschedule to a non-eRider course ASAP. Please review all the eRider FAQs below and the system requirements before you sign up for this program.
What is eRider?
eRider MTC is motorcycle endorsement course for novice riders with four to six hours of online classroom instruction and 10 hours of in-person range (on-cycle) instruction. The course takes place over two days and builds fundamental street-riding skills and strategies. The classroom is done at home on the computer.
What can I expect with an eRider course?
The eRider online classroom is highly interactive, using video and other features to address risk management, riding strategy, roadway management, impairments, and special riding situations like carrying passengers and group riding. Participants complete all classroom activities (6 chapters) before the first riding session and show proof of completion to the instructor. Each chapter takes approximately one hour to complete. eRider is a self-paced learning experience, and we recommend you start eRider approximately one week before your scheduled class begins. Students who have not completed the online classroom may be dismissed from class.
Is eRider for me?
The eRider course is a great option for students who are successful at learning in an individualized, self-paced environment. For students who enjoy independent study without the interaction of a live instructor, then eRider is the right choice for you. Please note which class you are signing up for when you register.
What if I can't get eRider to work?
Almost all issues students encounter with eRider are due to lack of internet connection or using devices and/or software that is not supported. Please be sure your system meets basic system requirements before signing up. After reviewing the system requirements, if you still encounter problems, call us at 925-373-4802, Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM. Do not wait until 5 PM the day before class starts to begin your eRider course as there is no call support after 5 PM.
When should I complete eRider?
It is strongly recommended that you complete all 6 chapters of eRider at least one week before your riding sessions begin so you can get help from the office if you have any trouble. The office is open Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm. If you start eRider late and cannot finish it in time, you will not be allowed into class and will not be refunded and/or rescheduled.
What if I don't complete eRider before my class starts?
You will not be allowed into the class if you have not completed eRider. There are no refunds or reschedules if you are not able to show your grades to the instructors. You will, however, be eligible to come back as a standby student for an additional fee.
When I go to the eRider website, it asks me for payment, but I have already paid and registered.
You do not need to make an additional payment to take eRider. Most likely your eRider account is not yet set up, or you are on the Oregon State eRider website instead of the CMSP eRider website.To set up an eRider account, go to your original email confirmation letter where you will find your personal eRider link. Use that link to create your eRider account.
If you have already used the link in your confirmation email to set up an account, then you might be on the wrong website. Be sure to log into California Motorcycle Safety Program's Total Control eRider website, and not TeamOregon's eRider website.
Can I get my motorcycle license by taking the eRider course?
After successful completion of the eRider 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. To receive a DL389 you must complete all classroom activities (6 chapters) and on-cycle riding sessions, pass the online quizzes and pass an on-cycle skill test.
What are the system requirements for eRider?
eRider students must use a computer that meets basic system requirements.
The online classroom requires a modern desktop, laptop or tablet computer; a current operating system and Web browser; high-speed Internet; and headphones, earphones or speakers. Smart phones are not recommended – they navigate poorly and do not provide adequate detail for graded activities.
eRider is not compatible with the Safari browser (we recommend Google Chrome).
Safety is our number one priority. The Motorcycle Training Course (MTC) is designed to provide an enjoyable learning experience for all students.
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.
You may reschedule your class up to 6 business days before the class starts at no extra charge.
If you cancel within 6 business days, you forfeit the entire course fee, or must pay a partial fee of $175 as a stand by student or $275 for a guaranteed spot.
If you are LATE or NO-SHOW to any portion of the class, you forfeit the entire course fee and must pay a partial fee of $175 as a stand by student or $275 for a guaranteed spot to re-enter the class. Students have 60 days from their original course date to re-enter the class. Student who go past the 60 days are considered new students and must re-enroll into a new class at full tuition.
If you fail the online course--STOP! Please call the office before attempting to retest. You may still participate in the behind-the-wheel portion of the class, and you have 60 days to retake the online course. Two failed attempts or going past the 60 day deadline will cause you to fail the entire course and you will have to re-enter the course as a new student for $425.
Students who fail the skills test may retake the test for a $75 fee or schedule into another riding session for a partial fee of $175 as a stand by student or $275 for a guaranteed spot. 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 under 21 before your first day of class, please be advised that your reduced fee of $395.00 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.
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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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!
"I took the course as someone who has never ridden a motorcycle or scooter. I was curious about motorcycles but wasn't sure if it was something that I would like or not so wanted to learn. My biggest concern before the class (apart from learning the actual how to ride a bike), was understanding how to SAFELY ride a bike. You always hear how unsafe motorcycles are so I really wanted to understand if i did decide to pursue it, how to be safe. The instructors did a great job in taking us through excercises of understanding the controls step by step, and continuing to build on fundamentals. Am I ready to ride on the road right now? I personally wouldn't want to after just 2 days of riding. But I feel like I was given all the tools to be successful. I know what I need to work on, what to practice, and most importantly, how to be safe while riding among other vehicles, different, road types, and conditions. When I feel comfortable that I fully understand the basics and can master everything that was taught, I'll be back to take the intermediate course and continue to learn how to be a better rider. Thanks PMT! It was worth the drive from the bay area to learn from y'all!"
― Maryann Remy
"This class was well worth the money. The classroom instructions were applicable and but not overly tedious. The range was a bit remedial in the beginning, but quickly ramped up and was actually quite fun and educational. The instructors, Tim, Chris and Lisa were great. The content was well planned out and rehearsed and there was no wasted time. Well done!"
― Kyle Prusso
"It was a great experience and got an opportunity to learn a lot. The more you grapple with the material taught the better off you will be. I also recommend the morning classes during the hot months."
― Jose Galvez Hernandez
"The instructors were all professional and took there time explaining and answering questions. I recommend this class for entry or experienced level motorist. Thank you Rex and Tex for your step by step instructions and taking the time to answer any questions or concerns a student had."
― Albert Diaz
"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
"I did the basic motorcycle course in Salinas. All the coaches knew their stuff, kept the class on track, and finished on time. I feel 500% more comfortable on a bike after taking the class. Special shout-out to Tex Long, who was exceptional!"
― Bill Fleming
"The Beginner course is great! A lot of good safety and basic motorcycle operating procedures covered in the theory classes. PMT provides bikes for people who don't own one yet to practice with. The instructors on the course are very helpful and provide continuous feedback to correct riding posture and other nuances. I would definitely recommend taking this course for people who aren't comfortable or used to riding a motorcycle."
― Sachin Londhe