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Intermediate Riding Classes
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CMSP 1-Day Premier Course (with licensing option) is the perfect next step for newer and returning riders, looking to improve their skills
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Perfect Next Step for Newer and Returning Riders

Developed by Total Control Training, the Intermediate Riding Clinic / CMSP 1-Day Premier Course is designed for newer motorcyclists looking to improve their skills as well as riders who 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 clinic, this one 8-hour course is also challenging and fun.
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CMSP 1DPC / IRC Curriculum

What is Covered

The Intermediate Riding Clinic / CMSP 1-Day Premier Course is based on many years of motorcycle safety research conducted by Total Control Training. The course covers essential cornering and crash-avoidance skills such as:
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Throttle Control

The single most important control on your motorcycle is the throttle. Knowing how to skillfully apply the throttle is one of the major distinctions between good riders and great riders
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Brake Control

Learn and practice the right technique to achieve short stops so you are prepared when you need to brake quickly and avoid a hazard
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Learn why riders go where they look and how you can use your eyes to your advantage and safety during every ride
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Line Selection

 Learn how to plan and follow proper lines on every corner of the road
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Low Speed Turns

Learn to make a low-speed, tight turn in a limited amount of space. Most riders are able to reduce their minimum turning diameter by 30 to 40 percent in as little as five minutes of practice
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Evasive Maneuvers

Learn and practice the technique necessary to swerve around an obstacle at speed safely when emergency arises
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Road Speed Cornering

Learn how to put together throttle control, vision, line selection and body position techniques to practice safe turns at road speeds during your everyday rides
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Golden State Moto

Become a more responsible, informed, disciplined, equipped motorcyclist

Licensing Option

The CMSP IRC / 1DPC gives riders age 21 and older, who already possess basic motorcycle knowledge and riding skills but are not licensed, the opportunity to achieve intermediate level skills and the DMV skills test waiver in one day, 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.

Successful completion of an entry skills exam is required to take this course. Watch the this video to view entry exam requirements.

Successful completion of both the riding and written portions of the course will earn a DMV skills test waiver (DL389) which may waive the riding skills test at the California DMV.
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Entry Exam Test

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. Watch this video to view entry exam requirements.

You must successfully complete this test in order to continue with the rest of the class. If you feel you are not ready to complete this entry test yet, we recommend taking the CMSP MTC.

Riders who already have their own bike and a motorcycle license can take this course without the testing requirements.


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.
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Motorcycle & Gear Requirements

Motorcycle Requirements:
We provide loaner motorcycles for unlicensed students. Licensed students must bring their own motorcycles for the class and adhere to the following guidelines:
  • Motorcycles used for the range exercises must be street-legal and have current registration
  • Students must provide insurance policy and license (tag) numbers at the start of the class
  • Your tires should have sufficient tread (at least 3mm). Air pressure will be checked before the class starts
  • No car tires or race tires or race compound tires allowed regardless if they are DOT approved
  • Your bike should not overheat while stopped with the motor running on a hot day
  • On liquid cooled bikes, check the coolant level
  • Check the engine oil level
  • Your charging system must function properly, and a relatively new battery is highly recommended because you will be starting the bike frequently
  • Brakes are in good working order
  • No motorcycles with leaking fluids will be allowed on the range. This includes: engine oil, transmission fluid, gasoline, engine coolant, brake fluid or anything else that may leak from a motorcycle
Gear Requirements:
You will need to wear these items:
  • 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-certified helmet if you have one (full-face or modular)
  • Eye protection (helmet visor, eye glasses, sun glasses, goggles acceptable)
  • Motorcycle-specific riding jacket

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