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Basic Riding Courses in Fullerton, CA

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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 managing 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.

Motorcycles, helmets and gloves are provided to all our students for the riding practice portion of the course, as needed.

Completion of 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.

$425 for 21 and older
$395 for under 21

IMPORTANT: Do not enroll in this class if you are not able to balance and comfortably ride a two-wheeled bicycle.

Prerequisites

You need to be able to ride and balance a bicycle proficiently. We do not teach you how to balance on 2 wheels.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 (we have loaner gloves if you need them), 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, full face or modular 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.

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 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 OCMT. The decision to allow students to return on a standby basis is made by the administration.

Course Policies

Safety First

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.

Site Policies

All attendees must be pre-registered and pre-paid to secure their place in class. This is your only reserved seat.

Refunds and Rescheduling

Refunds

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.

Rescheduling

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 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. OCMT Administration will make the final decision in these situations.

"I'm over sixty years of age and hold several college degrees and have been through many courses in my life, this is one learning experience that stands out from the rest and will stick with me forever. The incredible amount of knowledge and information I got in this impossible short amount of time is absolutely stunning. This team of instructors, Ryan, Bobby and Taylor are top notch to say the least. Their diligence, dedication and persistence for teaching us the A to Z of SAFE biking in such an impossibly short time is worthy of a standing ovation. In my humble opinion they make a great team working together with Ryan and his vast theoretical knowledge, Bobby with his excellent practical knowledge and Taylor the brain behind the entire process, they make a complete and indivisible team that is an asset to any establishment. To those complaining that it's not for first time learners, you're probably right since Motorcycling is such a vast experience requiring a wide range of techniques and skills that are impossible to acquire in such a short period of time, that's why they give you several chances to repeat the course until you reach the acceptable skill level to earn you a passing grade, I personally, being with minimal riding experience, did not make it the first time around and I took Taylor's advice of repeating the course to improve my practical and theoretical knowledge which I took to heart and it worked as I passed the second time around. One word of advice, do not take the terms "Pass" and "Fail" to heart. They're simply referring to your level of competence and riding skills. read the material, listen to the instructions and follow them to the best of your ability and keep repeating the two day riding course until you reach the acceptable SAFE riding skill level and never forget it's for your own good. Motorcycles are a lot of fun but they're also very dangerous if not handled with care and experience. The last thing these guys want to see is one of their students on a stretcher. Last but not least, Thank you Ryan for your heartfelt persistence and dedication. Thank you Bobby for some top notch field instructions and for helping me on my feet after dropping my bike (twice) and Taylor for your great advice on repeating the course. As for the admin, thank you Christie for helping me get the right course and for helping me get the right time to fit my schedule and for helping with getting my standby for the second time repeat. Best money I ever spent."
― Sadik Haidary
"I highly recommend this course for all riders. Teaches great habits and skills needed to safely ride. Instructors Ryan and Bob both did an excellent job of communicating and educating on proper technique. "
― Willie Henson
"First I would like to give a huge shout out to my instructors BOB & CHRISTINE. They are awesome at first I was hesitant to enroll since I read some of the reviews on here . I ve never rode a motorcycle before coming here but let me tell you this school/course is amazing. Bob & Christine are very knowledgeable and patient with you . They explain everything and walk you through every step of the way so that not only are you safe but understand everything by the time you leave. I passed and now shopping around for my first bike . I highly recommend this for anyone looking to get their M1 endorsement Thanks Christine & Bob !"
― Christopher Martinez
"Great overall experience! Ryan and bob were super helpful and professional. Couldn t of asked for a better training program for a first time rider. Thanks guys, y all rock."
― Julie Chapman
"I highly appreciate the extensive knowledge, experience, extraordinary efforts (and patience :) invested by OC Motorcycle Training staff to get me trained and be safe while riding a motorcycle. They are experience, dedicated, hard workers and friendly (but strict!) in their approach. The training program is comprehensive and thorough in order to give you the tools needed for a better and safer rider. Special thanks to the dedicated instructors Chris and Ryan, along with Bobby, who is my Rockstar! Based on my experience, I highly recommend this motorcycle training with the Orange County Motorcycle Training firm in Fullerton!"
― Shimi Tzobery
"I recently got into riding again after a long time, so I decided to take the intermediate one-day training as I felt a little rusty and thought it would be a good idea to seek professional training. They allowed me to do the whole training on my own bike, but also offered nice 300cc BMWs that looked brand new. The course is well planned, and many important topics are covered, like throttle control, emergency braking, slow and high-speed maneuver, swerving, etc. The class structure is also great as we kept alternating between sitting class and riding. My instructor, Taylor, was very skilled and shared excellent knowledge. He would first demonstrate the exercises on his bike and provide detailed instructions. When it was our time to ride, he would keep advising me on how I could improve or do better. After a few runs, we would then be skill tested and move on to the next subject. At the very end, we took a multiple-choice test of 25 questions, which was relatively easy as we had just covered all topics during the day. After the course, I feel way more confident about riding, and I learned many skills that every rider should know. It's also important to note that although we learn valuable skills and improve our riding during the class, we still need to keep training to take them to the next level. Overall, I think the course is worth it and would recommend it to a friend; I also got my endorsement which is a plus on top of all the learning. For people with no riding experience tho, I would recommend the beginner course instead. I spoke briefly with their instructor, and he seemed like a very nice guy."
― Pedro Carvalho (ZiggyZaggie)
"I am sorry to say this is not for beginners course with novice riding experience, which should have been mentioned in the fine print. Most of the people that came here had some sort of riding experience, and some even have their own motorcycle they are riding for years. So don't jump in and think you will learn it in 2 days, unless you had some prior recent experience in riding in some form of motorized cycle. Otherwise there is a fair chance you will be bummed out, especially if you are not a super quick learner. Cause they pick up pace pretty fast. Practice makes perfect. And long term. Thats my honest opinion. But great way to learn and improve under pressure. So good luck. :)"
― Farhad Ahmad

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Orange County Motorcycle Training
1421 Manhattan Ave
Fullerton, California 92831
www.ocmt.org