FAQs

How can I get in a class?

For on-line reservations or to check the next available training dates and times, log on to:  https://app.msi5.com/scripts/i5.exe?book=CAWSMA&page=CS.CL.Select&CC=MTC&SC=*FA&LAP=12

Can I get into an earlier class on stand-by? Yes. 

Registered Riders: Yes.  If you have a paid reservation for a future reservation, you are welcome to come earlier. Come to any CR1 prior to your scheduled CR1. Bring a printed confirmation of your paid reservation. Once roll is called at CR1, you will have an opportunity to get into an earlier scheduled R1/CR2/R2 if there are any no show or late arrivals at CR1.

Non Registered Riders: Yes, you may attend any classroom one (CR1) session we teach without a prior reservation. You do not need to call in advance, just show up! Please email the office to get a link to download the CMSP E-Book prior to CR1. Any individual who arrives on time to CR1 without a confirmed reservation will be guaranteed a seat in CR1.  Stand-by students are offered riding spots based on availability. Non registered participants must be prepared to pay at CR1 and have a valid government issued photo identification.

How much does the course cost?

$258  for those 21 and older.
$180 for those under 21 years old.

What do I need to bring to the classroom?

For the classroom session you need to bring:

  • Download and READ the CMSP E-Book prior to Classroom 1. Please email the office in advance to get the link.
  • A pen and glasses (if you need them for reading).
  • Valid photo identification. Examples: Car  License (any state) -or- MI permit -or- CA issued ID
  • If you are under 18 years old, you will also need to bring a parent or guardian to the beginning of the first class to sign necessary paperwork.

What do I need when riding the motorcycle?

To participate in the riding activities, the following is required:

  • Long denim pants or material of equivalent durability (no holes, cutouts, sweats, or tights).

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  • Full-fingered Leather gloves that cover the fingers and wrist or motorcycle specific street riding gloves.

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  • Sturdy shoes or boots that cover the ankle (no spike heels, platform shoes or cloth or canvas shoes).

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  • A long sleeve shirt or jacket.

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  • Eye protection (sunglasses, eye glasses, goggles, and/or face shield).

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  • There are no lunch breaks, so bring a snack and plenty to drink!

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  • Rain gear if needed. We ride rain or shine!

Do you supply motorcycles?

Yes, we provide motorcycles for the Motorcycle Training Course.

Do I need a helmet?

We provide helmets. If you bring your own DOT approved helmet, we require a full face or 3/4 helmet. You also need eye protection.

Do I get a copy of the MTC Handbook?

No, there is an online e-book available. Please check your confirmation letter for the link to download the CMSP E-Book. If you are coming as a stand-by without a prior reservation, please email the office to request the link for the E-Book.

What are the requirements to be eligible to take the Motorcyclist Training Course?

  • Be in good health.
  • Be proficient in riding a bicycle.
  • Understand basic written and oral English (or bring a friend/family member to help translate).
  • A valid government issued photo identification card. (License, Passport, etc.)

What size bikes do you use?

We use 125 cc up to 250 cc training motorcycles.

Do I have to be a certain height?

We have no minimum height restrictions. However, riders are required to be able to touch both feet to the ground while straddling the motorcycle. Riders must also be able to hold the bike up when stopping or walking the motorcycle. We have motorcycles with low slung seats suitable for people who need to be closer to the ground.

Can I ride my own bike?

Students can use their own motorcycle, as long as it is 500 cc or less and pipes are not modified and there are no sound issues. Sound issues will be determined by the Instructor on site. Current proof of insurance (minimum required by law) will need to be provided prior to riding on the range. The motorcycle must be in mechanically sound condition and approved by an Instructor on site.

Are course fees refundable or transferable?

No. Westside Motorcycle Academy enrollment fees are not refundable for any reason. If a student is late or does not attend any part of the classroom or two riding sessions, they forfeit their confirmed class and/or riding times to a standby student who is on time. Any student who shows up late or does not show for any reason (illness, injury, work, etc.) may complete the course on a standby basis for a $100 fee up to 60 days from the original class start date. Course fees are not transferable. Westside Motorcycle Academy reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.

What happens if I’m late or don’t show for a class?

Students are expected to be on time. If you are late to any portion of the course, you may lose your reservation to a standby. If you are late to a riding session or arrive without the required gear (i.e. sturdy over-the-ankle footwear) you will be asked to leave the range. If you are asked to leave due to a late arrival (or not coming with the required gear), you can make-up the riding session on a stand-by basis for $100 (up to 60 days from your original class start date). There are no refunds.

What Is the pass rate?

Most students who enroll in the course pass the course. Not everyone completes the course the first time. The pass rate is approximately 80-85 percent. If you self-drop or are counseled out by an Instructor it may be possible to return for the riding portions on a standby basis for a $100 as long as safety is not an eminent concern to the instructor(s) and you complete the entire course within 60 days from the original start date.

Will I have to go to the DMV for my license after I pass?

Yes. All licensing is done at the DMV. Upon successful completion of the class, you will be mailed a DL 389 certificate. The DL 389 certificate will waive the riding portion of your motorcycle license test at the DMV. The DL 389 certificate is mailed out 5-10 business days after you complete the course and can take up to 14 days to receive.. Schedule your appointment with the DMV accordingly.

Can I take the course with an out of state license?

Yes. As long as your license is valid, you may take our course. Those individuals with an international drivers license are also eligible to take the course.

Do some companies reimburse you for classes?

Yes, some dealerships and manufacturers may offer a rebate program to encourage you to take a safety course. Two current promotions:  PCH Powersports and Route 66  on Lincoln will reimburse students course fee under with certain purchases.

How about discounts on insurance?

Many insurance companies offer a discount for completing a formal motorcycle safety training course.