We all know what school self-taught motorcyclists end up attending: The School of Really Hard Knocks. Really hard. Since we think that MO readers are somewhat more intelligent and skillful than your garden variety motorcyclist, we thought we’d ask about your level of moto-education. What categories of riding schools have you attended? Have you stayed with street only, or maybe dirt only. Did you move up to performance riding? Perhaps even racing?

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  • Old MOron

    In the last category, I’m pretty sure you mean Rich Oliver’s Mystery School, not “Mystery Riders”.

    In the lead photo, is that guy on a MuZ? How cool.

    • Evans Brasfield

      Yes, that was the result of an inadvertent paste that went unnoticed. Thank you.

  • spiff

    I almost did Rich Oliver’s school, but I didn’t.

    • Old MOron

      Spiff! You should. It’s the awesomest, bestest training I’ve done.

      • spiff

        Time and money, it was one or the other. Never had both at the same time.

  • Zimmerframe Racing

    I’m so old, there were no “schools” when I started riding. You took a written test to get a learner permit. You then rode and fell down a lot. If you survived long enough, you took a riding test around some cones in a lot at the DMV and got a full license. Kids these days have it easy. 🙂

  • Born to Ride

    I have wanted to do the California Superbike course at Laguna Seca ever since I saw the ad the first time I went to MotoGP. So spendy though….

    • grrrringilroy

      There are lots of trackday schools that are a LOT cheaper and you can learn a lot through them as well. Check with any racetrack and find out their trackday providers and then call the trackday provider and ask them who provides trackday schools. Many trackday providers do limited numbers of students for trackday schools and clinics.

      • Born to Ride

        Not so much worried about my skills as having the opportunity to do a 2 day track test with professional instruction at one of the most Iconic tracks in the world, which just happens to be where I saw my first MotoGP race. Plus Big Sur is beautiful to visit.

        • grrrringilroy

          I have done California SuperBike School as well and it was fun and informative. I was just pointing out there are other providers at Laguna Seca that are very good as well.

          BTW, right now you can’t get to Big Sur from Monterey as the bridge on Hwy1, just north of Big Sur, is falling down and it will probably be several months before it will be reopened or they build a bypass around it…

  • Douglas

    I’ve been thru 2 different advanced (street) courses…..both very worthwhile. Both had the stated goal of not teaching you to ride, but spotting bad habits riders develop over the years, pointing them out (& why they’re bad) and helping you start correcting them. One course was an MSF curriculum run by the state univ, the other by a local PD. I recommend both to everyone I know, even experienced “tank pinchers.”

  • grrrringilroy

    There are tons of intermediate and advanced riding classes out there. I suggest Total Control IRC and ARC. They are available through Total Control’s website. MSF’s Advanced RiderCourse is also good.
    MSF’s BRC2/ERC is merely a review of the BRC and is good for returning riders and an occasional refresher on the basics.
    Most trackday providers also provide some level of training as well.