First week of my MSF class

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  1. TurboDerek

    TurboDerek My favorite meal is horsemeat and rice.

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    I finished my first week of MSF course. The first day was going over rules and basic motorcycle operations. We sat in the classroom watched about 4 videos and squeezed out fingers.
    The second day we road. I had about 40 minutes of riding experience before this class now I a seasoned pro with 7x that under my belt. This is the order and what we did.
    Stand next to the bike.
    Walk bike to course while next to it.
    Mount bike while holding down front break.
    Get off bike while holding down front break.
    Walk bike while sitting on it across course.
    Ride bike across course while someone pushes you.
    Start bike.
    Learn the “Friction Zone” Roll the bike back until you are on you heels then release the clutch slowly until you are flat footed.
    Use the friction zone to walk the bike across the course.
    Ride the bike across the course.
    Ride around the course making left turns like NASCAR.
    Ride around the course making left turns.
    Ride around large oval.
    Ride around small oval.
    Sharp turns.
    Ride around the course making left turns like NASCAR but up-shift than down-shift before turn.
    Ride around the course making left turns but up-shift than down-shift before turn.
    Ride around large oval but up-shift than down-shift before turn.
    Ride around small oval but up-shift than down-shift before turn.
    Sharp turns but up-shift than down-shift before turn.
    Learn to use rear break
    Learn to use front and rear break.
    Break at a certain point.

    Nothing exciting happened no crashes. It was harder to ride with the instructor yelling commands than when my friend let me just ride. Once I relaxed stopped thinking about the exact procedure it was a lot easier. The bikes were a few enduro, and a bunch a Japanese 250 cruisers and a Honda NightHawk.
     
  2. mnewell

    mnewell Lucy.

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    Awesome. Glad to hear that you are taking the class and learning. :bigthumb:

    I need to get my girlfriend in that class...
     
  3. Wolf

    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    The main thing I learned in MSF: "Keep your head up, and look through the turn, not at the ground."
    The instructors must have told me that on every lap I made.
     
  4. Dhan

    Dhan OT Supporter

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    :rofl:

    me too. i just got done today with day 1 of riding and it is exactly as listed above. I cant wait to get my license. :)
     
  5. pepsi

    pepsi Cut my life into pieces

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    in my class, we spent about 90 percent of the time just driving, very little in class instruction. good course though. honda 125's and suzuki 250 maruaders
     
  6. idontgiveashit

    idontgiveashit I eat rice

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    same here...didnt learn a whole lot, only upside is it lowered my insuranceon my katana 30percent
     
  7. Dhan

    Dhan OT Supporter

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    30%!!!!

    :eek:
     
  8. Bernout

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    Info on where/how to take this course?
     
  9. Noxqcz

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    Lol I remember my MSF class, one of the days we were riding we were hit with rain. So you see all these students shaking becasue it was so cold and wet, it was one of the best times I had riding a motor cycle.

    And yes, one of the main points in the course is to do these monster head turns when you taking any type of turn also to keep your knees together.


    here is a link to the different states where you can take the course



    http://www.motorcycle-madness.com/links/links19.htm
     
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  10. Wolf

    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    Call 800-CC-RIDER in California. It'll give you the number for a local school. It's about $75 if you're under 21, about $175 if you're 21+. Sign up early though, usually there's about a 2 month wait list for classes.
    Take the M1 written test at the DMV first, that'll get you your permit, then when you complete the MSF class, you take the form they give you back to the DMV and you get your M1 license.
     

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