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Intermediate Riding Courses in Southern California
CMSP 1-Day Premier Course (with licensing option)
The Perfect Next Step for Newer and Returning Riders
The California Motorcyclist Safety Program 1-Day Premier Course allows riders who already know how to ride but are not licensed the opportunity to achieve intermediate-level skills along with their motorcycle license.
It is also the perfect next step for already-licensed, newer riders who are looking to improve their skills as well as riders that have recently returned to riding after years off. This course includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction.
The 1-Day Premier Course is based on the most current research in rider safety, utilizes modern training methods and has been proven to enhance student outcomes. Although designed primarily as a safety course, the course is also challenging and fun. It is completed in one 8-hour day. We will provide one of our training motorcycles for use during the course or students may choose to ride their own motorcycles/scooters.
Get Your License by Taking the 1-DPC
Successful completion of both the riding and written portions of the course will earn the rider a DMV DL 389 riding test waiver. Per California regulations, you will still need to complete the DMV written test.
IMPORTANT: If you take the 1-DPC to obtain your license, you will be required to pass a basic riding skills test at the beginning of the class to demonstrate fundamental riding abilities. You must successfully complete this test in order to continue with the rest of the class.
For those riders who already have their own bike and a motorcycle license, the course can be taken without the testing requirements.
What It Covers
The single most important control on your motorcycle is the throttle. This is because—beyond speed and acceleration—it applies forces to so many aspects of your bike's handling, including traction, suspension, weight transfer, steering, stability, and ground clearance. Knowing how to skillfully apply the throttle is one of the major distinctions between good riders and great riders.
Because emergency stops can be scary due to the limited amount of traction you have and how much it would hurt to kiss the ground, very few riders practice quick braking and even less have the actual knowledge and skills to do it safely. During our Intermediate Riding Clinic, you will learn and practice the right technique to achieve short stops so you are prepared when you need to brake quickly and avoid a hazard.
Vision is, without a doubt, the most fundamental skill for proper riding. The majority of decisions made while riding are based on information coming in through your eyes. The main reason for vision being so critical is that you go where you look but even experienced racers struggle with maintaining proper vision through the corners. At Total Control you will learn why riders go where they look and how you can use your eyes to your advantage and safety during every ride.
Unlike cars, motorcycles can take a lot of different lines through a particular corner. Some of these lines will help you make a safe and serene progression through the bends, while others will ruin your perfect ride! During our Intermediate Riding Clinic you will learn how to plan and follow proper lines on every corner of the road.
Few activities in street riding can be as frustrating as having to make a low-speed, tight turn in a limited amount of space—especially if you don't know the technique. Fortunately, it is one of the easiest skills to learn. In fact, most riders are able to reduce their minimum turning diameter by 30 to 40 percent in as little as five minutes of practice!
Swerving around an obstacle at speed can be a life-saving technique but it requires skill and practice to avoid surpassing the available traction of your tires and crashing during the maneuver. During our Intermediate Riding Clinic, you will learn and practice the technique necessary to do it safely when the emergency arises.
During our Intermediate Riding Clinic, you will learn how to put together the throttle control, vision, line selection and body position techniques to practice safe turns at road speeds during your everyday rides.
Students completing the CMSP 1-Day Premiere Course report significantly improved riding skills, confidence and the ability to make better choices about when and how to ride. The 1-Day Premiere Course 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.
The CMSP 1-Day Premiere Course Promises
The CMSP team is committed to making you a better and safer rider and, in doing so, makes these promises:
"Totally worth every penny and every minute! Justin & Alison were awesome, patient instructors with clear passion for riding and safety. I do not doubt that the sound foundation of safe riding and good judgement this class established in my riding habits will one day save me - life and limb."
― Mindy Riley
"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
"Honestly, I was scare to the bone; had trouble with whiskey throttle. However, Bob & Jessie were a great help in every aspect throughout the whole 3 days. I learn a lot, I appreciate the help they gave and guidance was amazing. I recommend this course, it'll help you learn the basics and with Bob and Jessie, they will teach you to total control the bike."
― Roman Luna
"Absolutely LOVED this course!! Definitely recommend if you are interested in riding a motorcycle. Jessie and Jeff were awesome instructors. They were patient, straight to the point, and took time for everyone’s questions. Thanks to them, I feel much more confident on my motorcycle. I am looking to take the intermediate and advanced courses as well. Thanks guys!!"
― James Kieffer
"It was fantastic, learned how to be a confident safe rider. The instructors were Great, full of information and wonderful attitudes."
― Jason No
"Award winning site,top notch Instructors,well maintained motorcycles and all the advance training courses in one place!"
― Zig Ray
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