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Old 02-21-2014, 08:23 AM   #1426
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Make sure you read all the threads on countersteering, weighing the pegs, and ABS. They are very concise and informative.
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Old 02-21-2014, 02:26 PM   #1427
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Even if you don't pass, you will learn a lot. When you pass, realize that you still don't know much and above all, either ride alone or with someone who will go at your comfortable pace. An adrenaline rush is a message that you are exceeding you skill level. I still occasionally get them after more than 50 years of riding. They mean slow down and pay better attention. Remember push down to turn. Push down.
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:32 PM   #1428
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Just do it.

Take the class, ASAP, without the significant other. You want no distractions, whether that distraction is a person or a worry about what that person might think. Sure, go over what you have learned with the SO, but do this on your own. It will only be you, without a co-pilot, working the controls when you do ride, and you should learn in that mental environment. All my girlfriends that learned to ride did it in the MSF course WITHOUT me (although I knew them at the time) because that is the way to learn the most. (OK, one I met in my first MSF course, but that doesn't count!). BTW, the final girlfriend is my now-wife of nearly 30 years.
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:46 AM   #1429
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T another question, after taking said class and getting the proper gear, how long after taking the class (basic rider) should you wait before hitting the road? (less busy ones for me at least)
Ride it home from class, if the roads aren't too busy. Or, if you truck/trailer it to class, unload it and ride around your neighborhood or any other area you will be comfortable in. But go ride!! That day!! Right after class!!


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Old 02-22-2014, 09:20 AM   #1430
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I'm an experienced rider but took the class with my two teenage sons. The instructor thought it was great, and I just rode and let my boys watch. It was a fantastic bonding experience. That said taking it with my wife would've been catastrophic.

There was a lady in the class who didn't pass. She was told she could retake the riding portion of the class for a nominal fee.
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Old 02-22-2014, 02:40 PM   #1431
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You know how the clutch works, take the class.
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:04 AM   #1432
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You know how the clutch works, take the class.
With you on that. Take the class as soon as a spot is available. Then, ride the bike preferably every day after. Best way to learn. Start on quieter roads and build up. You'll have fun.
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:43 AM   #1433
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TOO MUCH WORRY! JUST TAKE THE CLASS!!!!!!

When I took it there were at least 3 people (inc. one young female) who had NEVER even SAT on a moving bike before the class!! They all learned tons, rode fine and passed the test at the end. I think you are over-thinking it and getting too anxious. Maybe your BF wants you to think it is harder than it really is, so you stay impressed with his biking prowess???? I am sure YOU CAN DO IT!
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:11 AM   #1434
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Which, ironically is what I've now done.



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Old 02-23-2014, 09:10 AM   #1435
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I just didn't want to undermine his advice and just be like "hey, I know you said I should wait and practice more but I've signed up for the class". Which, ironically is what I've now done. Oops. : I just want to learn and everyone else suggests taking it so I guess ill find out. Im more excited for the weekend AFTER my birthday than for my actual 21st birthday. Ha

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well done. my wife took the class and passed never having ridden a bike before, and although she wound up getting a scooter, she's a natural in the corners. you'll learn tons and have a blast!
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:24 AM   #1436
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One thing to consider about practice - it perfects what you are doing. If what you are doing is WRONG, then you have to UNLEARN some bad habits as well as learn good ones. The beginning MSF class is really solid in most areas, so do exactly what the instructor tells you to do, even if your boyfriend tells you differently.

Since you have a road bike and intend to ride the roads, try to do exactly that as often as you can - preferably on lightly travelled roads - as soon as you legally can. (And yes, ATGATT.)

When I was a noob, I found it very helpful to ride both ahead of and behind more experienced riders - but only ones who were willing to ride my slower pace. You want to be both alert and comfortable as you practice the technics you learned. If you think you are going too fast, YOU ARE!

I found (and still find) it a good idea to concentrate on one or two things each practice ride. And EVERY ride is an opportunity to practice your technic. What you learn from concentrated practice will stay with you when you concentrate on another technic or two. And you can always take any technic or "situational awareness" to a higher level.

Practice the most important things first (you will learn what they are in the course) and leave the more advanced technics (leaning off, trail-braking, number of fingers on the brake lever, etc.) to later. Some or all them can help you later, but you can't learn everything in the first year.

The goal is ALWAYS first to survive, second to learn, and third to have fun. I think women are less likely than men to get these priorities mixed up.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:34 PM   #1437
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Don't tailgate. It is recommended to keep 2 seconds behind the vehicle ahead. I prefer 4 or more seconds. Just watch the vehicle ahead pass a landmark and count one thousand one, one thousand two and so on. If you get passed and that vehicle takes up your cushion space, slow and open it up again. I do the same in cars.
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:25 PM   #1438
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Don't tailgate. It is recommended to keep 2 seconds behind the vehicle ahead. I prefer 4 or more seconds. Just watch the vehicle ahead pass a landmark and count one thousand one, one thousand two and so on. If you get passed and that vehicle takes up your cushion space, slow and open it up again. I do the same in cars.
Huh? Why be a target.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:43 AM   #1439
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When filtering, watch the positions of the wheels of the traffic beside you. If a cager has forgotten to signal thr fact that his tires are pointing into your direction of travel is a good sign he is about to pull out on you.
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Old 02-25-2014, 12:20 PM   #1440
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Huh? Why be a target.
I don't quite get what you mean by "Why be a target?"

P.S. I just had to say something...Looking over all the choices of smilies to insert I never would have thought of a smilie "humping" another smilie but there it was! People can be oddly creative at times, wouldn't you say?
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