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Folks, the California Motorcyclist Safety Program is offering an awesomesauce refresher course for experienced riders, to be held starting the month of May at many of our training sites across the state of California.

This course is based on the well-proven programs used by our military to train their service men and women -- they reduced fatalities from 37% to 61% across three Services in one year!



What is it?
A chance to improve your skills on your own street-legal motorcycle.

What will we do?
Ride motorcycles for four hours.

Who’s it for?
Experienced riders with a current motorcycle license.

What will I gain?
Confidence and skills; and – it just might save your life!

How do I sign up?
Check out the CMSP website for a list of the sites who are participating - California Motorcyclist Safety Program

How much does it cost?
$95

Protective Gear Requirements:
DOT-approved helmet – full-face and/or three-quarter recommended
Eye Protection
Full-finger gloves; not open on the back of the hand
Long, durable pants
Protective motorcycle jacket
Over-the-ankle, strong, sturdy footwear that will protect your foot and ankle; preferably boots; Canvas high top sneakers not accepted

Rider and Motorcycle Requirements:
Riding experience
Valid motorcycle license
Good condition street-legal motorcycle – registered and insured
Protective gear as described above required


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Ofir Ramirez-Rios
Total Control Training
California Motorcyclist Safety Program

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I'm glad you had a good time and took some "homework" with you. Have you considered taking the Advanced Riding Clinic? I'm sure you'd enjoy it too!

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Just today folks. 2 solo rider accidents in the SF bay area:
San Francisco woman, Martinez man killed in motorcycle crashes - SFGate

Both were on the freeway and both look to be "rider lost control" accidents. Both riders were navigating through turns. Having ridden in both areas (highway 24 exchange onto 680...which I ride nearly every day, and 101 SF at 9th street), neither of these areas are particularly dangerous....unless you don't have proper control of your motorcycle.

Boning up on safety isn't a bad idea. I might take you up on one of these courses.
 

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Well, condolences to the families. But is there any proof they were not graduates of these training schools.
I've taken the advanced courses in the past. Good stuff that requires remembering what you learned everyday and practicing.
Even the experienced have brain farts occasionally.
 

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I can't recommend these types of classes enough! For newbie riders, taking a class is obvious. But experienced riders often feel that they really don't need to take any more classes. And yet there are so many reasons that this kind of thinking is wrong. Few things make me feel better than an experienced rider coming into class "just to get his endorsement" and at the end of class saying how much he learned and improved.

It's easy to let little bad habits creep into your riding style that you aren't even aware of. Advanced training is the opportunity to "fine tune" the skills that you already have. And of course, there are new skills to learn that can make riding safer and more fun. And let's not forget that the classes are fun! You get to mingle with like minded riders who want to get the most out of their rides. Heck, get some riding instructors together for a bit of training and we help "tune up" each other. Always more to learn!

I really wish we could get past the "I've been riding for 30 years and don't need to take a class" frame of mind, and get to the "It's an opportunity to refine my skills, learn new ones, and have fun".

Ride Safe!
 

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Thanks for the post, a great reminder to keep practicing and improving my Motorcycle skills. I'll keep a look out for similar classes in the future.
 

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I just finished a slow speed riding class today at New Hampshire International Speedway put on by Fishtail Riding. It was my second time at the Fishtail class and my third slow speed class this year. The difference between my ability at the beginning of the season and now is light years apart. I can not say enough great things about these types of classes. No matter how good you think you are, there is always more to learn. I got my first motorcycle almost 50 years ago and I'm still learning.
 

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