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Why take a motorcycle safety course?

Posted by Oakland H-D Contributor on Jan 8, 2020 6:00:00 PM

Motorcycle Safety Courses are typically managed by the Highway Patrol division of the state government. While there are several different providers typically available in most areas of the country, the ones offered through or endorsed by that state's Highway Patrol typically offer  added benefits when trying to get a motorcycle endorsement at the DMV. In the state of California, the California Highway Patrol manages a group called the California Motorcycle Safety Program. 


The mission of the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP) is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities through comprehensive educational and behavior-modification modalities. -CMSP

CMSP expects to train 65,000 motorcyclists per year and operates over 120 training sites throughout California. The CMSP offers several courses to the general public to help motorcyclists build their skills. The one class that most riders take is the Motorcycle Training Course or MTC.

The California Motorcyclist Safety Program Motorcycle Training Course (CMSP MTC) is designed for the novice rider with no (or limited) street-riding experience. This course includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction. You will learn fundamental skills required to operate the motorcycle and progress to street riding skills and strategies.

Topics covered include 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.

Though designed for new riders, any rider that has not taken a motorcycle course will benefit from this clinic. Motorcycles and helmets are provided in this course.

Upon successful completion of the CMSP Motorcyclist Training Course students will receive a DMV DL389 certificate that may waive the riding skills test requirement at the DMV. If you haven't completed the written DMV test you must pass it prior to receiving your license endorsement.

While the Motorcycle Training Course is a great first step for any new rider, it can be very helpful for riders that are getting back in to the sport or even have been riding for many years. You are never to old to learn something new as long as you are open to the opportunity. 

Check out other resources for people that are getting in to motorcycling and let us know how we can help!

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