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Motorcycle University – Motorcycle Classes for Learn to Ride a Bike San Mateo, CA


Course Catalog: Sessions 101-118

Session 101: Basic Motorcycling Skills

Prerequisite: You can already balance and pedal a bicycle.

This session establishes the foundation of motorcycle operation: smooth take-offs; proper riding posture; braking for effective stopping; and practice using the shifter. We will teach you risk management techniques that can increase your riding enjoyment—which might save your life.

Students use our 125cc motorcycles that have the power of a medium scooter. They're small, light, and easy to operate, allowing you to focus on learning how to ride without having to worry about too much power. All of our range classes are designed to have students never exceed 20 mph. Helmets, gloves, and eye protection are provided.

Session 102: Stability and Leaning Skills

Prerequisite: Session 1

In this session you will learn to control speed and direction. This class provides the foundation of operational knowledge that is so important to controlling a motorcycle.

You will also have fun practicing confidently leaning the motorcycle to control direction. Mastery of controlling direction and smooth speed adjustments for stability are primary objectives.

Session 103: Combination Skills

Prerequisite: Session 101 and 102

In this session, we combine the basic operational knowledge and techniques you learned in Session 1 and Session 2 into a complete set of skills. Combination Skills include the techniques and knowledge you need to ride any motorcycle with confidence and control. You should become proficient in riding a small motorcycle with precision and control in a parking lot before you practice in traffic on public roads. This is the place to do it.

104 - Street Skills

Prerequisites: 101/102/103 beginner sessions.

Class 104 motorcycle safety program is a three-hour on-bike practice session. The program teaches the street skills which are used in everyday riding. It is a step beyond basic motorcycle operation, with the goal of giving you the tools you'll need to begin learning how to ride in real traffic conditions.

In Session 104 you will:
· Use signals while cornering and shifting
· Learn what to do if your bike begins to run out of fuel
· Learn how to determine and maintain your space cushion when interacting with other road users
· Practice crossing obstacles or swerving around them—and choosing between the two maneuvers

Graduates of our classes qualify for motorcycle insurance discounts, and the graduate card in combination with completing the DMV on-bike test is accepted at some military base safety offices.


106 - Street Riding: 250cc Beginner-Motorcycle Rental - $225 per week

Prerequisites: Must be 21 years old and above. Completion of MotoU 104:Street Skills and valid motorcycle endorsement.
NOTICE: We do not rent bikes to non-MotoU students.

After completion of Session 104, take the same type of bike that you learned on to the streets to apply your new skills. This program is intended to have you start your riding on quiet residential streets near your house or in a close-by commercial district on a weekend - away from heavy traffic. Rental lasts a week from any Sunday after you complete session 104 until the following Saturday. Bike must stay in the region and near your residence (no trips to Tahoe!) and is for riding practice purposes only.

This weeklong rental is intended to let you acclimate to riding in the real world during your Learner's Time, and riding should be conservative and within the student's personal limits at all times. We expect you to be responsible to yourself, growing your evolving skills gradually and as safely as you can. The modest nature of the 250cc rental bike allows events on the bike to happen more slowly than they do on something with more power, and will help the student transition into whatever step they will take next, presumably with their first motorcycle purchase, which we recommend be 500cc or less for your first 6 months (or more).

No riding at night, no passengers, no freeway riding.
Unlimited mileage. Must remain within 40 miles of our range unless agreed otherwise in writing. Start and end at our range with option for delivery and/or pickup of the bike to your house for $2/mile from Moto U's range per google maps.
$500 credit card damage deposit by credit card required - call for details


107 - One-on-One

Prerequisite: Must be able to ride a bicycle.

Start from scratch, or unravel whatever knot you’re tied up in with direct, patient coaching from one of our Black Belt motorcycle instructors on our bike or yours. This service is available for nearly any level of riding, from basic to intermediate to track or racing, dirt or street. Price is $150/hour on the basic classes. More sophisticated stuff will be priced according to whatever your needs and goals are and what mood we’re in when you call.

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