Saddleback Rider Training
In recognition of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and in coordination with California’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) Motorcycle Group, and California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP) Saddleback Rider Training is offering four-hour Total Control-based refresher training classes in Orange County to experienced motorcycle riders during the month of May.
To participate in the refresher training program, experienced riders with a motorcycle endorsement on their valid California driver’s license are invited to bring their street-legal motorcycle, along with proof of registration and proof of insurance, as well as, required riding gear to Saddleback Rider Training to participate in this annual event.
RIDING GEAR REQUIREMENTS:
- DOT-approved helmet (full face recommended)
- Sturdy over the ankle boots (no canvas or cloth etc)
- Full-fingered motorcycle-specific gloves.
- Fingerless, motorcross or mechanics gloves are not allowed
- Motorcycle jacket
- Kevlar jeans, jeans, chaps, racing leathers or textile are OK.
You will NOT be permitted to participate in riding sessions without proper protective riding gear.
According to California’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System that collects and processes data from collision scenes, 451 fatalities and 2,083 severe injuries among motorcyclists constituted 18.3 percent of the state’s totals in 2012.
America’s armed forces discovered that a disproportionate number of these motorcycle-related deaths before 2008 were among service personnel. Prior to implementation of an extensive recurring training program in 2008, more U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps personnel died on their personally owned motorcycles than in military conflicts. To combat this trend, the armed forces have been leading the charge in motorcycle safety awareness and sustained training.
Scientific evidence has proven that continuing education for riders—using their personal motorcycles—is key to building long-lasting, advanced motorcycle handling skills. The military’s fatality statistics showed that riders who were required to take intermediate or advanced training on their bikes were much less likely to die while riding.
In 2007 the Navy found that all of its service members who died on motorcycles were on sportbikes. So, in 2008, it required all personnel who rode these race-bred machines to take a military funded sportbike course on their own motorcycle. The statistical outcome was a 61 percent reduction in fatalities between 2008 and 2009.
During the same time period, the Marine Corps required their designated Motorcycle Mentors to take the third level of advanced training courses on their personal bikes. The Marine Corps provided classes by Total Control Training, California Superbike School, and others. The result was a 43 percent reduction in fatalities.
The Army provided advanced riding courses for personnel to take on motorcycles they own and ramped up it's Leadership Intervention program as it related to motorcycles. In 2008 to 2009, the largest branch of the military suffered 37 percent fewer motorcycle-related fatalities.
All of the armed services have sustained these fatality reductions to the present day by maintaining their recurring training initiatives—requiring motorcycle-riding service members to take intermediate and advanced training courses on their personal motorcycles.
On the civilian side, a multi-year study produced similar results. It discovered that fatality rates among motorcyclists who took only a basic riding course on training bikes were no different than those who had no training. However, a 61 percent reduction in fatalities was seen among basic course graduates who followed up with intermediate rider training courses on their own motorcycles.
Looking to generate similar outcomes, the CMSP is proudly offering the same opportunity for California riders in mid-May, during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
Established in 1987 and administered by the California Highway Patrol, CMSP is the state’s official motorcycle safety training program. The CMSP trains approximately 60,000 motorcyclists per year at over 105 training ranges throughout California.
CMSP provides training motorcycles for beginning students, giving them a solid foundation that combines classroom and practical instruction in a structured environment before they take their own motorcycles on the nation’s roads. Statistics show that the intricate physical riding techniques and nuanced cognitive awareness skills needed to safely operate a motorcycle are best kept fresh with continuing education.
The Strategic Highway Safety Plan is a statewide, data-driven program that coordinates with a wide range of organizations to reduce traffic accident fatalities and serious injuries to motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists on public roads.