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post #1 of 7 Old 10-10-2010, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
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Off to day two of my MSF class! I "knew" how to ride before the class (or so I thought)! I am super glad that I'm taking it! My riding came a LOOONG way in one day!
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Well said. Most riders would benefit from the course. I can tell who has had a course when I follow them. Sometimes it's actually scary to watch, especially going around corners.

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post #3 of 7 Old 10-10-2010, 08:59 AM
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Most important thing about MSF classes is that they only provide knowledge for riding, they do not teach you the experience needed to ride in traffic or adverse conditions. Only seat time and practice will give a rider experience and skills necessary to become a good on road and off road rider.
This is not to say MSF doesn't provide good skill set information and knowledge. Kind of like school gets you ready for real life, but only getting out there and doing it provides the experience to use that knowledge you received in school.

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Good for you. I'd be curious what epiphanies you have had...




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I know when I took the MSF refresher course I realized I was going to have to share the road with these idiots! lol

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Good for you. I'd be curious what epiphanies you have had...
The main thing is counter steering. Instead of turning the bars and leaning the bike myself. Gives me way more control when rolling on the throttle in the turns. Also made my swerves really tight and precise!

Also, riding with the balls of my feet on the pegs. It really helps my posture and helps me stay up on the bars instead of sitting back and pulling on them.

I am really gald I took the course. I know I have a long way to go but I feel that the class prepared me for learning through experience. I would definitely recommend taking the class.
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They didn't have MSF courses back when I learned to ride a motorcycle, but I took the MSF Experienced Rider Course after taking a few years off from riding.

After passing the BRC, do a lot of practicing in a non-threatening environment (like a parking lot). I would also strongly suggest that you get a copy of Proficient Motorcycling by David L. Hough and study all of the real world examples that he has written about in his book. That book has done more to help make me a safer rider than anything else.

There are also a lot of good safe riding tips at http://www.msgroup.org/articles.aspx

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