FAQs 2018-01-11T23:13:21+00:00

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What do I get when I pass the California Motorcycle Safety Program course? 2018-01-07T00:17:51+00:00

When you successfully complete the SRT California Motorcycle Safety Program course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion of Motorcycle Training (DL 389) as well as a completion card – both of which will arrive by mail in 5 to 7 days.

  • The DL 389 waives the riding portion of the skills test needed to earn your M1 motorcycle license. Bring this form to the DMV when you’re ready to take the written test.
  • Your completion card may qualify you for reimbursement from certain riders’ clubs, such as the Honda Red Rider Club or Harley Owners’ Group. If you plan to purchase a motorcycle, check with your dealer; the card may also qualify you for discounts on merchandise and riding gear. Many insurance companies also discount your motorcycle insurance when you have completed the course.
What are SRT Instructor qualifications? 2018-01-07T00:18:47+00:00

All of our instructors have successfully completed the California Motorcyclist Safety Program Instructor Training and are CMSP-certified to teach the course throughout California. They have all logged a minimum of 12,000 riding miles (far more than that for most!) and are CPR- and First Aid-certified. All SRT instructors attend an annual Professional Development Workshop with CMSP and all comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct and Policies and Procedures of a CMSP Instructor.

How long is my registration valid? 2018-01-07T00:19:12+00:00

Your enrollment fee remains 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. Be sure to make your DMV appointment soon after class completion.

What days do you offer training? 2018-01-08T19:57:02+00:00

Two-Day Course: You can complete the on-bike requirement for an M1 license in a single weekend over the course of two 8-hour days (8:00 am – 5:00 pm). We focus on classroom work in the morning and riding in the afternoon. 

Three-Day Course: We offer a three-day option in which you begin classroom work on a Thursday evening (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm) then return on Saturday (7:00 am – 4:00 pm) and Sunday (7:00 am – noon) to complete the course. 

One-Day Intermediate Course: The SRT Intermediate Riding Course takes place on periodic Saturdays and Sundays (7:30 am – 3:30 pm). 

Where are the classes held? 2018-01-07T00:20:41+00:00

Saddleback Rider Training classes are held at Saddleback College, in Orange Country, California. We are freeway close for riders in Orange County and Los Angeles County, as well as those in San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego and Imperial counties.

  • Classroom: Saddleback College Room Village 29-2
    28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
    In the classroom, you’ll prepare for the written portion of the California Department of Motor Vehicles motorcycle driving test. We provide e-book texts as well as participant materials for guided note-taking in class.
  • Riding: Saddleback College Lot 5A South (near tennis courts)
    28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
    Here you’ll learn basic motorcycle control and operation. We provide helmets and motorcycles; you may use your own DOT-approved helmet as well as your own motorcycle under 500cc.
May I use my own motorcycle? 2018-01-08T19:59:38+00:00

For the California Motorcycle Safety Program course, we encourage the use of our fleet bikes. Alternately, you may bring your own under-500cc motorcycle; it must be street legal with current license and insurance. Your motorcycle will be inspected prior to the start of class. Please ensure that tires, brakes, chassis, suspension, controls and final drive assembly are all in working order. 

What do I need to know about attendance? 2018-01-07T00:21:20+00:00

Please be punctual. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of your session. All sessions start on time; you will not be admitted after class begins. You must attend each classroom and riding session – from start to finish – to earn your certificate of completion. There are no exceptions.

Can I reschedule if something comes up? 2018-01-07T00:21:49+00:00

Your registration is valid for one year. If you miss any or all sessions or are late, you may still attend the course using one of the two options below.

  1. You can return as a standby for any class at no charge. Check the schedule for availability in upcoming classes, then arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the session and check in with the instructor as a standby student. If there is space in the class, your spot is confirmed for the remainder of the course. SRT cannot guarantee standby availability in a rescheduled class.
  2. To reschedule for a specific date you must pay a rescheduling fee of $125. Check the schedule for availability, pay the rescheduling fee and your spot is guaranteed. Please contact the office to reschedule into an available class.

There are no refunds; just as with a concert or sporting event, expenses have been incurred on your behalf.

What happens if I miss or don’t complete the FIRST riding session? 2018-01-07T00:28:05+00:00

If you miss or don’t complete the first riding session, you must attend the first classroom session again and complete the first riding session from the beginning within 60 days. The Standby and Confirmed options, as listed above, are both available.

What happens if I miss or don’t complete the SECOND riding session? 2018-01-07T00:28:26+00:00

If you miss or don’t complete the second riding session, you may resume the course starting with the second classroom session and second riding session, unless otherwise noted on your Drop Form, within 60 days. The Standby and Confirmed options, as listed above, are both available. If the Drop Form completed by your instructor indicates that a return to the first riding session is required, you must repeat the first riding session, too.

Can I retake the final riding test? 2018-01-07T00:28:43+00:00

If you do not pass the final riding test, you must restart the second riding session from the beginning within 60 days. You are also welcome to return and retake both riding sessions. Depending on your skill development, your instructor may encourage or require that you retake both sessions. The Standby and Confirmed options, as listed above, are both available.

What if I’m not able to return within 60 days? 2018-01-07T00:29:16+00:00

If you do not complete the course within 60 days, you must start again from the beginning. Keep in mind that your registration fee is valid for one year from the start of your first class date. The Standby and Confirmed options, as listed above, are both available. If you do not complete the course within one year from your original start date, your enrollment fee will be forfeited.

What is your refund policy? 2018-01-19T17:59:46+00:00

See our refund policy detailed on our Terms & Conditions page.

How do I register for the course? 2018-01-19T17:59:01+00:00

Click here to register. The Basic Course cost is $258 for riders 21 and older and $180 for riders 20 and younger.

What are the requirements for participating in the course? 2018-01-07T00:23:25+00:00

Before registering, please note:

  • You must be competent riding a bicycle before attempting to ride a motorcycle.
  • You must be able to touch the ground with both feet when seated on your motorcycle or one of our fleet bikes.
  • You must have a valid California Driver’s License or a valid government-issued identification card.
  • You must be physically fit to perform mild to intermediate physical activity for up to five hours.
  • If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign a waiver prior to the start of the first classroom session.

You may participate in riding sessions ONLY with proper protective riding gear.

  • Bike: Provided. Alternately, you may bring your own scooter or motorcycle under 500cc.
  • Helmet: Provided. Alternately, you may bring your own DOT-approved helmet (full-face recommended).
  • Eye Protection: Three-quarter helmets (without face shield) require prescription glasses, goggles, or sunglasses.
  • Boots: Sturdy over-the-ankle boots or high-top shoes that cover the ankle.
  • Gloves: Full-fingered motorcycle-specific gloves. No fingerless, motocross or mechanics gloves.
  • Jacket: Long-sleeved, made of sturdy fabric. Motorcycle-specific jacket with armor recommended (required for Intermediate course).
  • Pants: Kevlar jeans, jeans, chaps, racing leathers or textile. No “fashion” jeans, flares or holes, please.
What should I bring with me? 2018-01-11T16:14:42+00:00

You may participate in riding sessions ONLY with proper protective riding gear.

  • Bike: Provided. Alternately, you may bring your own scooter or motorcycle under 500cc.
  • Helmet: Provided. Alternately, you may bring your own DOT-approved helmet (full-face recommended).
  • Eye Protection: Three-quarter helmets (without face shield) require prescription glasses, goggles, or sunglasses.
  • Boots: Sturdy over-the-ankle boots or high-top shoes that cover the ankle.
  • Gloves: Full-fingered motorcycle-specific gloves. No fingerless, motocross or mechanics gloves.
  • Jacket: Long-sleeved, made of sturdy fabric. Motorcycle-specific jacket with armor recommended (required for Intermediate course).
  • Pants: Kevlar jeans, jeans, chaps, racing leathers or textile. No “fashion” jeans, flares or holes, please.

Weather will play a part in your motorcycle training class. On hot days, please come prepared to avoid overheating and dehydration. Dress in lighter colors and make sure your clothing allows adequate ventilation. We will rarely cancel due to weather, so be prepared to ride in heat, cold and rain. We supply lunch, but please be cognizant of the weather and your individual needs. Come prepared with:

  • Sunscreen
  • Multiple layers of clothing for cold weather
  • Motorcycle-specific rain gear as necessary
  • Cold packs, evaporation neckband or cooling vest for hot weather
Is tuition assistance available? 2018-01-07T00:33:20+00:00

Your completion card may qualify you for reimbursement from certain riders’ clubs, such as the Honda Red Rider Club or Harley Owners’ Group. If you plan to purchase a motorcycle, check with your dealer; the card may also qualify you for discounts on merchandise and riding gear. Many insurance companies also discount your motorcycle insurance when you have completed the course.

How much time does it take to complete the course? 2018-01-08T20:01:58+00:00

California Motorcyclist Safety Program Course: The 16-hour CMSP course consists of 6 hours in the classroom and 10 hours on the bike. You can complete the on-bike requirement for an M1 license in a single weekend over the course of two 8-hour days (8:00 am – 5:00 pm). We also offer a three-day option in which you begin classroom work on a Thursday evening (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm) then return on Saturday (7:00 am – 4:00 pm) and Sunday (7:00 am – noon) to complete the course. 

SRT Intermediate Course: The one-day SRT Intermediate Riding Course takes place on periodic Saturdays and Sundays (7:30 am – 3:30 pm).

Must I have a motorcycle permit to attend the course? 2018-01-07T00:26:34+00:00

California Motorcycle Safety Program course: You do not need a motorcycle instruction permit or motorcycle license to participate. However, you must have a valid California Driver’s License or a valid government-issued identification card. Licenses that are restricted due to DUI or medical reasons do not qualify. If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign a waiver prior to the start of the first classroom session.

SRT Intermediate Riding Course: You must possess a valid M1 license to participate in our intermediate course.

If you have further questions, please contact the office at 949-491-1201 (Text or Voice) or info@saddlebackridertraining.com