msf course for beginners - i dont know jack

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  1. bigman7903

    bigman7903 OT Supporter

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    i was thinking about getting my temps and trying out the MSF begginers course, but ive never ridden at all, do i need any background at all for this or can i walk in knowing next to nothing and get away w/ it. secondly how hard is the temps test in ohio?
     
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    bobomb no torque, no care OT Supporter

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    You can walk in knowing nothing, they don't expect you to know anything.
     
  3. McCroskey

    McCroskey Jonny, what can you make out of this? OT Supporter

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    If you can ride a bicycle competently, they can teach you how to ride a motorcycle.
     
  4. Frequency

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    what they said, i think in my course we had 4 people who had never been on a bike before
     
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    Yea, I took the course only knowing how to ride a bicycle, never been on a motorcycle until then.

    That was back in April, now I have my SV which I drive to work :)
     
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    I'm taking my MSF course with roughly 10,000 miles of riding......


    Should be fun, it's about time to get my endorsement........:bigthumb:
     
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    That class will be perfect. I went in with extremely little motorcycle experience also and at the end i was ready to ride on the street with out fear.

    I ended up getting a dirt bike and waiting several years before riding on the street, but even then the course still helped me a ton when I finally rode on the street.
     
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    A young lady in my class had never ridden before but was determined to
    "have the good seat" as she put it. Near the end of the first day she twisted
    the throttle to the stop in 1st, jumped a curb, rode up an embankment and
    hit a chain link fence which threw her into a big shrub.

    Somewhere along the way she broke her wrist.

    I've ridden a while and took the class to get my liscense plus maybe learn
    something. It was really easy and I didn't see it as nearly enough to be
    riding on the street in traffic. Was enough to learn the basics of control but
    lacked a lot of information about how the real world is.
     
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    so would it be more beneficial for me to take the beginners course and then follow it up w/ the intermediate course, and secondly do i need the learners permit in order to do it?
     
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    Here you need our motorcycle permit to take the MSF, but it is an easy written test at the DMV. I got mine a couple weeks back, but all the current MSF courses are full right now so I have to wait until August 15 for the new classes to be posted. I am having a friend of mine show me some of the basics before I take the class on his bike. I, like you, have never driven a motorcycle.
     
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    Subie Driver Eye see what you did there.

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    Holy crap, and I though I was bad waiting until I hit almost 300 miles before getting my endorsement! I just did the written and riding test at the DMV, though, haven't taken the MSF course yet. Probably will in the future, just to do it, and might even get a little break on insurance, but I'm only paying $10/mo for the scooter, andyways, don't know how much lower it can go.
     
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    Yeah, I did the same. It's a fun course but what it will really bring to light is
    the value of experience.

    New people take it and say "I LEARNED SO MUCH!!!!" which is sort of
    opposite of what I thought.

    I enjoyed it though.
     
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    oooo, another quick question, what would the insurance be like?

    i'm 18, cleveland ohio, i had a moving violation 2 months after i got my liscense but ive been clean for 2 yrs. i pay 425 a year for a car now, what would a sport bike cost, proabably no larger than an older 650cc ninja

    (i realize that you shoiuld start on a smaller bike but i'm 260lbs and i figure i need somethign a little bigger than a 250cc, prolly 500 would be ideal btw my ins. company never found out about the ticket so :wiggle:
     
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    an OLDER bike will be hella cheaper than a newer one
    that said expect about 1000 to 2k /yr for full for a good rate
    2k to 3k more than likely
     
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    i would be under my parents ins. so it wouldnt be on my own
     
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    Subie Driver Eye see what you did there.

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    My 200cc scooter is $10.31/mo for insurance :bigthumb: Married, 31, clean record.
     
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    the ohio test consists of weaving around some cones, doing a u-turn, and stopping in a box.. at least thats what it was 5 years ago when i took it..
     
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    700 bucks for a helment, damn

    thanks alot, the only thing holding me back is ins. costs and convincing the parental units that riding a motorcycle isnt as dangerous as played up to be
     
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    the good thing about not knowing anything before you go...is that your garunteed to learn a lot. We had 4 out of 12 people that had never ridden before. I was prolly the most experienced in our group with about 7 months of riding experience. We had one girl lay it over in the weave and another get to much throttle and run into a chain link gate. They both ended up passing the course.
     
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    i dunno what to do about the motorcycle situation, thers almost too much involved at this point (long intertwined story thats all fucked up), i'll prolly put towards the back burner for now
     
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    the course is well worth the money. they could teach a monkey to ride from that course. i think every street rider should take it no matter how long theyve been riding. beginner to pro, its just about safety in the city. they give you your endorsement strait out of the class
     
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    course in PA is free to PA residents there is no excuse not to take it here
     
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    i'm an ohio resident, its 25 dollars, it waives me my test if i choose so
     
  24. StocksQuest

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    its almost 300$ here in NY :wtc:
     
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    They say aslong as you can ride a bicycle, and have a fair amount of balance your in. Most of the instructors that I talk to prefer that you have NO riding experience. That way you won't have the bad habits that you will have to try to break. My mother took the MSF course and passed. If she can do it, anyone with the above requirements can.
     

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