New rider training is available in the Fresno area through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation program. MSF is a national organization which works in conjunction with CHP, here in California, to offer a training class network to educate new and returning riders. This is a National and State organization which administers the classes through local businesses in most areas.
California MSF Site
IN FRESNO AREA
Valley Motorcycle Training
There is generally a wait for the Beginner's course, so don't expect to sign up and be in the first weekend. Waits can be a couple of weeks to a couple of months. They do have a call list for cancellation openings so call and get on that list if you want to get in sooner.
Cost of the class is subsidized for those under 21 since it is required for that age group to get a license. $150 for under 21, $235 for those over age 21.
This is the best money you will spend if you want to ride.
Info on the beginners course from their site:
"Basic RiderCourse (BRC)
The Basic RiderCourse is usually a two-day course taught by RiderCoaches certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) using curriculum developed by MSF. All riders in California under 21 years of age must successfully complete this course to obtain a motorcycle license or endorsement. Upon successful completion of the Basic RiderCourse, students are given a Certificate of Completion of Motorcycle Training (DL389). The motorcycle riding test given by the DMV may be waived with this certification and graduates may also qualify for insurance premium discounts with some motorcycle insurers.
The Basic RiderCourse is aimed at beginning riders of all ages 15 1/2 or older. To take this course, you must present a valid driverís license, learnerís permit, or a certificate showing completion of classroom portion of driverís education. If under 18, a waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian.
A minimum of five hours classroom instruction prepares the student for at least ten hours of practical riding in a controlled, off-street environment. Motorcycles and helmets for use in the course are included in your course fee. Fees $150 for students under 21 to $235 for others depending on the training site. Most motorcycles used in the course are loaned by local dealers and are either 125cc or 250cc.
In this course, you'll learn how to operate a motorcycle safely, with emphasis on the special skills and mental attitudes necessary for dealing with traffic.
RiderCoaches will start you off with straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping. You'll gradually progress to cornering, swerving and emergency braking. In the classroom you'll learn about the different types of motorcycles, their characteristics, and how they operate. The RiderCoaches, all experienced motorcyclists, will advise you on what to wear for comfort, visibility and protection. You'll find out how alcohol and other drugs affect your ability to ride safely. A very important segment of the course will show you how to create your own strategy for riding in traffic, and how to deal with critical situations. The course concludes with a knowledge test and skill evaluation."