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Well, I finally Finished my Abates Course today and sure am excited.



There were 12 People in my class. Of the 12 people, one guy was 30 minutes late today and they wouldnt let him finish thus he failed. Another guy failed the driver "evaluation". He seemed fine all weekend then completely screwed up when it was "evaluation" time.

The remaining 10 passed myself included.

Hardest task for me: figure 8 in a box

Easiest task for me: Suddon Stop

I feel a real sense of accomplishment going through all this. I learned many things I would not have been able to teach myself and had a little fun. But make no mistake, this class was no JOKE as im sure many of you know.

Course times:
Fri from 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Sat- Sun From 7:45am - 6:00pm


Now I can get my full endorsment/license with nothing more to complete. :28:
 

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Good on ya. Try to capture this sense of accomplishment you have so you can look back after a few sets of wore out tires, and see what you've added to your skill set. I see it as real responsible action on your part to take a course that helps you start out with some tools to keep you safe. There is no mandate that you need to tear yourself or your bike up to be a "real rider". Congratulations on the successful completion.
 

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Yup congrats. And now you can practice what you learned and you'll be amazed.
 

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I'm wanting to take this course with my son. He is 14 and has his learners permit. If he passes the course, when he turns 16 he automatically gets his motorcycle endorsement. I'm sure it will be good for me as well. Now I just have to find that KLR/KLX 250 that is calling his name. Not many of them used up here and the wifey wont sign off on a new KLX.
 

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I'm wanting to take this course with my son. He is 14 and has his learners permit. If he passes the course, when he turns 16 he automatically gets his motorcycle endorsement. I'm sure it will be good for me as well. Now I just have to find that KLR/KLX 250 that is calling his name. Not many of them used up here and the wifey wont sign off on a new KLX.
Where the HELL were you when I was 14. :)
 

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Where the HELL were you when I was 14. :)
I'm actually kind of selfish. I want him to go riding with me. I'm trying to guilt the wife into a new KLX by bringing up all the time the boy wont be on the Nintendo or the PS3. Its not quite working but I think I'm wearing on her. When I was 14 my dad gave me a simple job of digging a ditch for a sprinkler pipe. Took me about a day and a half. He then surprised me by paying me $400.The next Saturday I had to go with him to load a pallet of 2x4s and we stopped on the way home at a guys house that he worked with. In the driveway was a beautiful Honda MR175. For sale for $400. We loaded it up in front of the 2x4s. I thought I was in heaven. My son on the other hand, likes to ride OK but doesn't have any real passion for anything but the stupid video games. I'm hoping that if I can get him out with me and just ride he will start to have a desire to leave the house and go somewhere. "Hey lets go get a burger and some pie. Grab your Helmut and jacket its only 30 miles". Now if I could only get that through to my wife. To me it would be worth every penny of the $5000 for the new KLX. Money very well spent.
 

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I'm actually kind of selfish. I want him to go riding with me. I'm trying to guilt the wife into a new KLX by bringing up all the time the boy wont be on the Nintendo or the PS3. Its not quite working but I think I'm wearing on her. When I was 14 my dad gave me a simple job of digging a ditch for a sprinkler pipe. Took me about a day and a half. He then surprised me by paying me $400.The next Saturday I had to go with him to load a pallet of 2x4s and we stopped on the way home at a guys house that he worked with. In the driveway was a beautiful Honda MR175. For sale for $400. We loaded it up in front of the 2x4s. I thought I was in heaven. My son on the other hand, likes to ride OK but doesn't have any real passion for anything but the stupid video games. I'm hoping that if I can get him out with me and just ride he will start to have a desire to leave the house and go somewhere. "Hey lets go get a burger and some pie. Grab your Helmut and jacket its only 30 miles". Now if I could only get that through to my wife. To me it would be worth every penny of the $5000 for the new KLX. Money very well spent.
You're a good man.
 

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You're a good man.
I concur. I'm 33. I am the video game generation. When I was 11? 12? I wanted a Nintendo SO bad. I begged. I pleaded. Something I rarely did. My folks said no. And I never got into it. Don't play em today. Not that there is anything wrong with them per se, but when I think about all the time I've spent fishing and riding and reading and writing and playing music, I think my parents did the best thing they ever did for me by being hardasses and not buying me a Nintendo.

Now, of course, it's a given and they'd probably be reported to CPS. I hope your son wants to ride with you. Sounds like he'd have a good riding partner.
 

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Thanks guys I appreciate it. Maybe I will leave this thread up so my wife can read it and guilt her some more:). She is all for the riding course (which was what this post was originally about... Sorry) its just that I haven't been able to find a bike she will give me a purchase order for. I look everyday. Seriously I reread my own post and I kind of made it sound like all my son does is play video games. He is a great kid who gets straight As. Where I live it is well south of 0 for 6 months out of the year and not much above 0 for another 2. My wife and I gave in 3 versions of Nintendo ago so that the kids had some thing to do on those long dark cold days. We do monitor what they play and limit it but getting them out side doing something can be a challenge. As I stated earlier the passion my son has as apposed to the passion I had when I was a kid for anything and everything motorized or that could be jumped, wheelied or power slid(drifted for you youngsters) seems to only be there for the video games. I think if I could get him out riding with me that he would start to feel the call. He has always liked to ride with me but I always have to ask who wants to go for a ride. No one ever asks if they can have a ride. Just have to find the right bike.
 
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