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What happens if I didn't finish or missed my classes?

* If you do not finish Classroom 1 or Range 1 activities, you will be asked to return to Classroom 1 and repeat from the beginning.

* If you don’t finish Classroom 2, you will be asked to return to Classroom 1 and repeat from the beginning.

* If you complete the classroom and pass the knowledge test, but do not pass Range 2, you will be asked to return to Range 1 riding session and repeat the riding sessions only.

* If an instructor counsels you out or you self-drop due to safety or skill development concerns, if you do not attend, or your arrive late, SRT will not charge you an additional fee to return as a standby.  SRT cannot guarantee standby availability in a rescheduled class.  You may choose to reschedule into a guaranteed spot in a future class for $125.

* Your enrollment fee is on file for one year from the date of your original scheduled class start date.  If you do not complete the course within that time, your enrollment fee shall be considered forfeited.

* You may check our website for spot availability, but be aware that frequently our classes are booked as full but there are times when a student may not show up to their assigned class.  Office managers cannot predict this so the best option when doing standby is to arrive 15-30 minutes prior and check in with the instructor as a standby, then wait for the class roll to be taken.

If you have any questions, you can call us at 949-491-1201 ext 3.

Must I have a motorcycle permit to attend the course?

No, a DMV issued motorcycle instruction permit, or "motorcycle license" is not required. You must possess (and present to the first day's instructor) a valid, government-issued identification card. A driver's license that is not valid due to driving restriction such as DUI, or medical reasons may not be used to enter the course.  Any person younger than 18 must also have the written permission of his/her parent or legal guardian.  The parent or guardian must be present to sign the waiver form on the first day. 

How much time does it take to complete the course?

The CMSP - MTC is 16 hours and the entire course can be completed in a single, 2 day or 3 day weekend. There is 10 hours of on bike riding instruction and 6 hours of classroom instruction. Both Saturday and Sunday are split between riding and classroom sessions.

What do I need to bring with me?

For the motorcycle class riding sessions you are required to have sturdy footwear that covers the ankle, long sleeved shirt or jacket, long non-flare denim pants or equivalent protective material, eye protection (glasses, goggles, sun glasses or face shield), full finger gloves and a full coverage or three-quarter coverage helmet designed to meet DOT standards. SRT will provide the helmet if you have not yet purchased one.

Weather will play a part in your motorcycle training class. There are some days where it may be very hot; on these days you should take care to prevent overheating and dehydration. Dress in lighter colors and drink lots of water. You are encouraged to bring water and light snacks such as fruit, crackers and energy bars to the range sessions. During the winter months there is a chance that it will rain. We will not necessarily cancel a riding session due to rain. You should be prepared to ride in the rain. Motorcycle specific rain gear or an equivalent is recommended.

What are the requirements for participating in the course?

You must be competent on a bicycle before attempting to ride a motorcycle.
You must be able to touch the ground with both feet when seated on the motorcycle.
You must have a valid, government-issued identification card.
You will need personal fitness that enables you to perform mild to intermediate physical activity for up to five hours.
If you are under 18 you must have a parent or legal guardian with you to sign a waiver before the start of the first classroom session. Without a signed waiver you will not be allowed to attend.
You must have sturdy footwear that covers the ankle.
You must wear a long sleeved shirt or jacket and long non-flare denim pants or equivalent protective material.
You must wear full fingered gloves.
You must wear a full coverage or three-quarter coverage helmet designed to meet DOT standards.
You must wear eye protection.

How do I register for the course?

You can register and pay on line. 
Click here to register online. The course fees are $258 for persons 21 years of age and older and $180 for those 20 year of age or younger

What is the refund policy?

See our refund policy detailed on our 
Disclaimer page.

What do I need to know about attendance?

Just as with a concert or sporting event, expenses have been incurred on your behalf. There will be no refund if a session is missed. If you miss a session you can return as a standby for any class at no charge. To secure a specific date you will to need to pay a rescheduling fee of $125.

Please be punctual. All sessions start on time and you cannot be admitted after the class begins. Be careful scheduling your travel time and arrive 15 minutes before the start of your session. You must be in attendance from start to finish for each riding and classroom session.

We remind you to schedule your CA DMV appointment for your motorcycle license soon after course completion.

May I use my own motorcycle?

Yes, but only if it is less than a 500cc motorcycle. It must be street legal with current license and insurance. It must be checked and approved before your motorcycle class by your Instructor. We encourage the use of the training motorcycles we provide.

Where are the classes held?

We are located on the campus of Saddleback College in Mission Viejo in Orange County CA.  The classroom sessions are held in Village 32-2. The riding sessions are in Parking Lot 5A near the tennis courts. We will also send you confirmation material with directions to the classroom and riding range. We are also "freeway close" to San Diego and Los Angeles.

Which days of the week are the training sessions?

We have convenient 2 and 3 day schedules. The total course is 16 hours. Saturday and Sunday classes will have 3 hours of classroom and 5 hours of riding. The 3 day schedule has one classroom session on a Thursday evening and the remainder of the course on Saturday and Sunday.  Completion of the course will require a single weekend.

How long is my registration good for?

Your enrollment fee is on file for one year from the date of your original scheduled motorcycle class start date. If you do not complete the course within that time, your enrollment fee shall be considered forfeited.  Remember to make your DMV appointment soon after class completion.

What are the SRT Instructor qualifications?

All of our coaches have motorcycle license from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. All are certified by the California Motorcyclist Program as CMSP-MTC instructors. The instructors have all successfully completed an extensive training program.  All attend yearly professional development courses. They are all CPR and First Aid certified. Our Rider Coaches have many years of riding experience and currently own and ride motorcycles.  Most of currently hold Motorcycle Safety Foundation certification as well.

What do I get for completing the course?

After successful completion of the CMSP - MTC  motorcycle class, you will receive a completion card and a DL389 (received by mail within 5 to 7 days) which waives the riding portion of the skills test at the DMV.  Your completion certificate may qualify you for reimbursement of some of your rider course tuition from rider's clubs like the Honda Red Rider Club and the Harley Owner Group. It may also qualify you for discounts on merchandise and riding gear. Many insurance companies may discount your motorcycle insurance for having completed the course.

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