Basic Riding Courses in Southern California
SoCal 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 Motorcyclist 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.
Our course 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. Per California regulations, you will still need to complete the DMV written test.
21 And Over: $350
Motorcycles and helmets are provided to all our students for the riding practice portion of the course.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is the class?
21 And Over: $350, under 21: $295.
Will I get my motorcycle license by taking the class?
If you successfully complete the class, you will be mailed a DMV DL389 certificate which waives the riding part of your license process. You will still be responsible for taking the DMV's written tests to complete your M1 license. Please consult your local DMV office for details and individual requirements.
What do I have to wear?
CMSP requires a long-sleeve shirt or jacket, sturdy long pants without rips or holes, full fingered street-specific motorcycle or leather gloves, tough, over-the-ankle shoes or boots and eye protection (glasses, sunglasses, face shield, etc). We can provide a helmet, but if you bring your own, it must be three-quarter or full face and DOT approved.
What kind of bikes will we ride? Can I use my own bike?
We offer a wide variety of makes and models that are 125-250cc's. 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.
What if I only want to ride a scooter?
California requires an M1 license for all motorcycles and scooters. 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.
Do I need to get my motorcycle permit first?
No. To enroll in the class, you only need a valid driver's license, DMV issued ID card or other ID issued by a government agency.
How long is the class?
It is approximately 15 hours total. About five hours are spent in the classroom and around 10 hours are on-bike practice. You can expect to ride between 24 and 30 miles during the class.
What are the schedules?
Classes are offered during the week and on weekends. There are 2-day and 3-day formats which include the same class content. The three-day classes begin with an evening classroom, and features morning riding sessions. The two-day class is two full days combining morning classroom and afternoon riding.
Am I guaranteed to pass?
No. You must first attend all classroom and riding sessions and successfully complete a written test and skill test to pass. We will do our best to help you develop your skills but not all students are successful.
What if I don't pass?
Your Instructors can help you make the decision to return for more practice. Sometimes students just need more time to increase their skill level by repeating a portion of the class. In other cases, people decide that riding is not for them. Either way you will have gained the knowledge of what it takes to become a motorcyclist.
What if I pass and I still want more practice?
Opportunities for Additional Practice are available for successful students. You can contact our office for scheduling and prices.
How do I sign up and how do I pay?
You can use our online registration pages or if you need assistance with your registration, please call us. We accept most credit, debit or pre-paid gift cards. Full payment is required to complete your registration. You will receive an email confirmation that includes a receipt after successful registration.
What if I can't show up for a part of my class?
You must complete the entire class to pass it. If you miss a part, it is your responsibility to make up the rest on stand-by. You may be allowed to return if space is available, but you cannot get a second reserved spot. You may also be subject to reschedule fees and restrictions depending on how much notice you give SCMT. The decision to allow students to return on a standby basis is made by the administration.
Where are the classes held?
The riding portions of Palm Springs classes are held at the Wet'n'Wild Water Park, 1500 So. Gene Autry Trail Palm Springs. Inland Empire classroom and riding are done at San Manuel Stadium, 251 So. G Street, San Bernardino.
Safety is our number one priority. The Motorcyclist 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.
All attendees must be pre-registered and pre-paid to secure their place in class. This is your only reserved seat.
Walk-in or stand-by attendees will be allowed only if space is available, and payment must be in cash.
Refunds and Rescheduling
There are no refunds for this course.
Payment of additional fees
All fees mentioned below must be paid before any status change occurs. Proof of payment via receipt must be presented to an Instructor before class begins.
You may change class dates one time prior to the first day of your class. The fee for this one-time service is $50.
Attendance and Late Attendees
You must attend ALL class sessions on time and in the order in which they are offered. You cannot continue to the next class session if you do not attend or successfully complete the previous class session. If you are late or fail to show up for any portion of the course, you will be dropped from the course. To return to complete in another course you may return as a standby. The fee for stand by eligibility is $100.
Failure to notify SoCal in writing of your inability to attend prior to class beginning will result in fee forfeiture. Any correspondence must be acknowledged by SoCal Motorcycle Training for validation.
Failure to Complete
Your Instructors are required to ensure the safety of all students. Unsafe conditions cannot be tolerated. Instructors may drop any student who, in their opinion, presents a safety hazard to themselves or to others, or who repeatedly fails to respond to instructions. Refunds will not be given to a student who is dropped or self-drops from a course. There is no guarantee of successful completion. Students dropped from their course may repeat as a stand by. The fee for this service is $100. The decision to return will be discussed between the student and the Instructor. SCMT Administration will make the final decision in these situations.
If you miss any portion of the course due to arriving late, not showing up, being dismissed for improper riding gear, or any other reason, you may pay a fee and return within 6 months of your original scheduled class date to join another class on Stand-By. Stand-By is an UNCONFIRMED seat based on SPACE AVAILABILITY. If you are on standby, it is your responsibility to find a class session and show up early enough to join in if a seat is available. If all of the registered students show up and a standby seat is not available, you have to try again in another class. The fee for Stand by eligibility is $100.
"Allison and Jesse are the BEST!!! I never rode a motorcycle before. Saturday afternoon, I got on my own bike and rode it thanks to the great instruction I received in this class. I truly believe it should be a required class for new motorcycle riders. It is thanks to these two instructors that I am now able to ride everyday AND I LOVE IT!!! THANK YOU!!!"
― Lora Mattal
"First day down so far it's very informative and a lot of fun great for anyone looking to get into riding or just brush up on your skills you'll be happy you did."
― Jay H
"Prior to the class, my only motorcycle experience was a few hours on a 125 in the dirt, then bought a 650 (the deal on the bike was too hard to pass up) but felt overwhelmed on it even just going down the street...after the class, it's just feels like the perfect bike for me. The class made all of the difference in the world for me (at least for street riding)"
― Randy Hostetter
"That is the motorcycle school you're looking for! The instructors love riding motorcycles, they know what they are talking about. Amazing mixture of knowledge and fun, it's never only coming close to be boring. So time is running fast, while sitting and listening. On practical part you get also the advantage of the outstanding knowledge and experience of the instructors. Beginners same as long time motorcycle riders."
― SBGW LLC
"You will drive or ride away with better way of riding on the streets. I for one learned new skills and also a different way of thinking other then what was learned away from the class. A must if your a rider. Vance and Adrian was the best."
― Hmoob Yaaj
"They know their stuff. I've been riding 3 years, but there were a few newbies in my class (3 females, 1 male). They all passed! No favoritism, they all earned it and that was due to 2days of studying and training. A couple of them never controlled a motorcycle at all. They rode the courses from instructions of instructors."
― Warren Cassidy
"This class is a Must. I took it a year ago with no prior experience, and for being a 2 day course you get more knowledge than ever imaginable. I can't recommend this course enough!!"
― Gabriel Baxter
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