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Old 09-21-2013, 02:06 AM   #2941
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Another good MSF resource that's not offered at all MSF courses is their Dirtbike School. The large MSF facility in Alpharetta, GA, offers the BRC, ERC, ATV school, Trike school, and several different dirtbike courses (one day, two day, family fun dirt school, skirts in the dirt women only dirt school) and it's an absolute blast. Look around in your area - I hope there are other MSF facilities that offer this, it's been invaluable. I took the two day class last year for the first time, put about 8500mi on my DR650 (and it wasn't upright all the time! ) then took it again last month with some girlfriends. Tremendous difference in what I could do this year compared with last year.
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:19 PM   #2942
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AdventureBunny, while you may not leave the range you will be learning skills and how to react with a bunch of other people on bikes around. It isn't just a parking lot but a series of skills task ranging from weaves, tight circles, figure 8s, quick stops and having to turn with very short notice, all without dropping or stalling the bike.

I had a pretty serious accident in April, low speed crossing railroad tracks at a rally's photo scavenger hunt. I wasn't doing anything stupid but the train tracks crossed at an angle on a road with a shitload of potholes. I picked what looked like the best line to cross only to discover a hole I couldn't see paralleling the tracks exactly the "right" width to trap my front tire and yank the wheel hard to the left. I couldn't pull the handlebars straight because the wheel had slotted in and dropped into the hole. Bike bounced up and shattered the top of my tibia, broke the fibula and to round off the effect dropped back down onto the other ankle requiring a screw and washer to fix it.

I was told 12 weeks before I could even think about putting weight on the right leg since it would take at least that long for the 18 pieces they put back together with a plate, screws and bone grafts to be strong enough. Fortunately I heal quickly and well so was walking again at 8 weeks and back on small scoots at 15 weeks. However, I will also take the MSF course again when my son takes it next month in preparation for getting his license as a refresher. That's how important I think the MSF course is.
I'm so sorry to hear that! That sounds like it was (and probably still is) very painful. I am glad that you are feeling better though. And believe me, I understand how important it is and I will be taking the MSF course as soon as possible. I want to have every advantage that I can to minimize the risk of getting hurt (or hurthing others). Take care.
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:19 PM   #2943
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Another good MSF resource that's not offered at all MSF courses is their Dirtbike School. The large MSF facility in Alpharetta, GA, offers the BRC, ERC, ATV school, Trike school, and several different dirtbike courses (one day, two day, family fun dirt school, skirts in the dirt women only dirt school) and it's an absolute blast. Look around in your area - I hope there are other MSF facilities that offer this, it's been invaluable. I took the two day class last year for the first time, put about 8500mi on my DR650 (and it wasn't upright all the time! ) then took it again last month with some girlfriends. Tremendous difference in what I could do this year compared with last year.
I will have to see if they offer something like that here, thanks!
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:33 PM   #2944
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:39 AM   #2945
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Our MSF had us going over 2x4's
That was trippy... But a great experience...
I don't know if they still do that...

Hey I have a good read up in my sig line ..
I won a contest....You can read both the full story w/all the photos .. And the published one...
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:03 PM   #2946
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Yes I believe I am a woman glad there are more of in here!
Welcome! You gonna ride/camp the Angel Ride down there end of October?
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:51 AM   #2947
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Back in the saddle again...

Husband sold the boat and bought a 04 Yamaha XT225. Since we only used the boat three time this season. So far we have used the bike more than the boat. What a good idea.

Can’t wait to ride it as soon as this pinched nerve in my right shoulder goes away.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:58 PM   #2948
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I got on this part to see if I could find any encouraging reading for my wife. I started he on my old 250 she rode around a bit with me on it so bought her a v-strom. She rode it around the yard and did well so on one of our evening rides this summer I suggested she take it, big mistake. She did a zero miles per hour tip over of a gravel road and broke her arm. I felt terrible. Long story short she is done with the strom. Might get her back on the 250 but the strom was too tall, too heavy and too soon. So take your time and master a bike that fits you then make your significant other lower your bigger bike and get a good fit. Enjoy your lesson's ride safe. The happy days in our yard practicing starts stops and having fun. I wont post the sad day. The bike is for sale as we speak and my wife has most of her movement back in her arm. Be careful.
Please remember........... ATGATT!!!

Hope she continues to heal quickly and gets back on the 250.
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:28 AM   #2949
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I'm a big believer in the MSF....

But than even then you are only skilled enough for riding in a parking lot..
Till you hone your skills...

Start small till all the skills are done withought a thought....
Then and only then step up..

I hope your mate heals up fully and well....
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:05 AM   #2950
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We adhere to adgat but riding low speed in you own yard not so much. Gear would not have saved the arm it was a radial fracture from sticking it out to break her fall, force of habit we all try. Gear did save me just over a year ago when I struck a deer and went over the bars at 40-50.
It was my fault for moving her up to soon on a bike not fitted to her needs size. That was what I hoped to prevent others from trying/doing. It was only to be a short ride, you know the couple mile ones that people get killed on. Enjoy your new hobby and ride safe. SN
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Old 10-05-2013, 02:10 PM   #2951
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Hi Sharps-Nut, Just to wish she has a good healing process and keep spirits up.
Kudos to her for being so brave and the fact that she will still ride her 250.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:06 AM   #2952
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Hi! I'm another female rider. I'm in San Francisco. I've been riding almost three years, and 23 or 24 thousand miles. I've got a DL650 and a ducati monster 900.

My most recent adventure was riding in northern Italy with a jaunt into Switzerland.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:58 PM   #2953
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Anybody down in San Diego/Riverside Counties area? I'm a noob on a drz400s and would really like to find some women to ride with. Riding with the boys is fun (), but......
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:06 AM   #2954
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Hi all
Just wanting some info please.
Does anyone have the Klim Savanna Ladies pant and are they any good re comfort and fit.
Thought they would be a better fit than the ones for the guys.

Thinking about getting some for a trip to the outback next year.

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Old 11-02-2013, 10:25 AM   #2955
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Two weeks ago when my husband and I were out where my son was camping (with his scout troop) it poured down rain the night before which turned the area into a muddy morass compounded by people arriving during the night in their cars leaving ruts hidden by the foot high grass. I got caught in one of them where the raised edges were drying out but otherwise very muddy. Down I went so I'm typing this with a Type 4 tibia plateau fracture at the top of my left fermer. So I'm on crutches in an immobilizing knee brace for a couple of months then get to start rehab to learn to walk all over again. This is my second injury riding dirt (messed up the ankle on the sam leg 4 years ago and reinjured it so it has a pin and screw in it now) .

I'm not going to quit riding but I am going to stay off dirt and especially mud from now on. This also put paid to my plans to ride the scooter cannonball from Alaska to New Orleans next May since a) I'm not sure if I'll be far enough out of rehab to be physically capable, and b) with only up to day 7 of the route published so far there are 2 dirt sections. One in Wyoming where I've ridden similar roads last year. Normally it wouldn't be much of a problem but in May the odds are really good it will wet with either mud or possibly snow so that puts me out of for 2014. Pity, I was looking forward to the challenge of Alaskan coast to gulf coast on a 250cc or less scooter. I was going to take the one my son rides to school everyday, an Aprilia Sports City which actually handles dirt and sand fairly well for a non dual sport.
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