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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.

Course cost

$325

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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"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
"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
"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
"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
"Great experience highly recommend worth every penny"
― Octavio Orozco
"It was fantastic, learned how to be a confident safe rider. The instructors were Great, full of information and wonderful attitudes."
― Jason No
"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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