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Intermediate Riding Courses in Southern California
Intermediate Riding Clinic / CMSP 1-Day Premier Course
(With Licensing Option)
The Perfect Next Step for Newer and Returning Riders
Developed by Total Control Training, the Intermediate Riding Clinic / CMSP 1-Day Premier Course is the perfect next step for 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 IRC/1DPC 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 and it is completed in one 8-hour day.
The California Motorcyclist Safety Program offers experienced students who take the 1DPCóbut are not licensedóthe opportunity to achieve intermediate-level skills along with their motorcycle license, in which case riders will also have the option to either take it on their own motorcycle or do it in one of our available loaner bikes.
IMPORTANT: Students who attend this class to obtain their license must be at least 21 years old and will be required to demonstrate fundamental riding skills by passing a basic riding evaluation at the beginning of the class, similar to the Motorcycle Skills Test applied by the California DMV. You must successfully complete this test in order to continue with the rest of the class.
Riders who already have their own bike and a motorcycle license can be take this course 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.
Riders who complete the IRC/1DPC report significantly improved riding skills, confidence and the ability to make better choices about when and how to ride. The IRC/1DPC 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.
All licensed students must provide their own motorcycle or scooter. Your motorcycle or scooter should be in proper working order, including cooling and charging systems, and a battery that is in good condition.
Non-licensed riders will have the option to either take it on their own motorcycle or do it in one of our available loaner bikes.
- Full-face or three-quarter helmet with DOT certification. Loaner helmets are available to students who take the course for licensing purposes.
- Eye protection. Can be glasses, goggles or the visor of your helmet.
- Full-finger leather gloves or street-specific motorcycle gloves. No work gloves or dirt-bike gloves allowed.
- Sturdy, over-the-ankle footwear with low heels. No soft material allowed around your ankles.
- Long sleeve leather jacket or motorcycle-specific textile jacket. No rips or holes.
- Durable, long pants without rips or holes.
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:
Specific, measurable improvement in your riding
No matter what skill level you are now, the CMSP 1-Day Premiere Course will make a recognizable difference in your ability to control your bike.
Better understanding of how your bike works
How what you do affects your bike's ability to maintain traction and control.
The ability to self-diagnose riding problems in the future
While it's great to be able to ride better in front of a skilled coach, it's equally important to be able to coach yourself when you detect a riding problem in the future. There are enough support materials in our package to help make sure you won't forget what you learned during your training.
High teacher-to-student ratio
Each class is divided in groups with never more than six students per instructor for lots of individual attention and support.
Friendly, professional service
The CMSP 1-Day Premiere Course instructors are highly trained and carefully handpicked for their teaching abilities and friendly dispositions. Your experience at the CMSP 1-Day Premiere Course will be a positive one.
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"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
"I took the class and gained some good knowledge and experience, passed all the test and had my license by next week. Went out and got a bike and now I'm on the road. It's been great, I'd definitely like to take some more advanced classes."
"Great experience highly recommend worth every penny"
― Octavio Orozco
"Fantastic beginner's class which taught me how to ride and do it safely. Within two days of purchasing my first motorcycle I used the fundamentals taught to avoid an accident when a car made an illegal U-turn directly in front of me. Steve and Jeff are superb instructors and I cannot say enough good things about them and the class. Take some water and light snacks with you."
― Summer B
"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
"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
"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
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