Learn to Ride in the Bay Area

Pacific Motorcycle Training

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 waives 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.

$258 for 21 and older
$180 for under 21

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

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

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

Yes! If you are over 15 and under 18, you must bring 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?

Upon successfully completion of the California Motorcyclist Safety Program MTC course, you will receive a DMV riding evaluation waiver. If you are under 21 years of age and you want a California motorcycle license, you must successfully complete the course to get licensed.

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
  • Eye Protection
  • Long sleeve shirt or jacket

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

Can I bring my own motorcycle?

Yes! As long as you provide proof of current registration, current insurance and it is under 500cc.

Can I take the course on a scooter?

Yes! If you have a scooter under 500cc, you may use it to take the class.

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.

What size are the motorcycles?

The motorcycles provided are usually from 125cc to 250cc.

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.

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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

If you reschedule 6 business days or more you can reschedule one time for free. If you reschedule 5 business days or less it is $158.

This is a non-refundable course. You may cancel up to 5 business days before the class, minus a $100 service charge. If you cancel within 5 business days, you forfeit the entire course fee, or must pay a partial fee of $158 to return as a standby.

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

You may transfer your spot to someone once, 6 business days or more for $35. This space is valid for 60 days from the original student's first day of class.

If you fail the knowledge or skills evaluation, 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 evaluation may schedule into another riding session as stand by for $158.

Students showing up with improper/unsafe riding gear will NOT be able to participate and must pay a partial fee of $158 to return as a standby.

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