We are committed to providing you with a safe and productive riding experience. Gear requirements for the Total Control Intermediate Riding Clinic match the nature of the course – we are going to level-up! That means your gear needs to be more extensive than in the Motorcyclist Training Course, our basic class.
We expect all students to wear the right gear. No gear/wrong gear = no riding. This is your responsibility.
The Intermediate Riding Clinic is taught on your own bike. It must comply with the following:
- Well maintained street motorcycle or scooter. Motorcycles that do not meet the minimum safety requirements will not be permitted in class.
- Proof of Registration and Insurance
- Tires in good condition with sufficient tread (at least 3mm). Air pressure will be checked before the class starts. Absolutely NO race, slick, race compound, or car tires, regardless if they are DOT approved.
- Your bike should be able to perform satisfactorily in hot weather and not overheat while stopped with the motor running.
- On liquid cooled bikes, we advise that you confirm your coolant levels.
- Check your oil level before attending class, and ensure there are no leaks.
- Your charging system must function properly and a well maintained battery is advisable because you will be starting the bike frequently.
- Brakes in good condition and proper working order.
- Properly adjusted and/or lubricated chain, belt, or final drive assembly.
The three-quarter or full-face DOT-approved helmet rules apply. Statistics show that a full face helmet provides more than a 30% improvement in protection. If you plan to wear a three-quarter helmet, please ensure you have appropriate eye protection to accompany your helmet. No half helmets or near-half helmets.
We expect full-finger, street motorcycle-specific gloves. Not dirt bike or motocross gloves, and definitely not mechanics’ gloves. There’s a reason gloves are marketed to specific crowds – they serve a specific purpose. We want abrasion resistant gloves.
Sturdy, over-the-ankle footwear is required. All riding boots, and riding shoes as long as they cover the protruding ankle bone, will work. Definitely no canvas or low/mid-top shoes.
For the Immediate Riding Clinic you will need a street motorcycle-specific jacket. “Designer jackets” likely won’t provide real protection. Leather or textile will work, as long as it is designed to be abrasion resistant. If you’ve been riding much, you likely already have a good jacket, or a couple! We advise that you bring one that matches the weather, or bring options. Simi Valley can be warm.
Although we do not require riding-specific pants for the Intermediate Riding Clinic, we certainly advise them. Even properly made Kevlar jeans can provide significant improvements in protection. Got knee pucks? Cool. Prefer chaps? That works too. Protection is a good thing. Bring it on!