Mentor for Lady Rider Cuba Missouri?

by Pamela
(Cuba, Missouri)

Is there another new Rider, Mentor/Buddy interested in practicing together? Took MSF course and I did not pass. Their bike had broken kick stand and would not go into neutral w/o shutting off and restarting and sometimes having to 'roll' to get into neutral! Anxious and confused with those distractions, I laid the bike down twice. Broken spirit, lost confidence I left the class without finishing. I was offered to retake class at no charge with different bike. I have not retaken yet.

I thought the class was for new/beginner riders - NOT!!! There has got to be a beginner/beginner class for new riders prior to the MSF course??!!

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Jun 04, 2015
practice and take the course!
by: Anonymous

Yes! Yes! Yes! Practice alone if you have to. Find a large empty parking lot and go thru the test the MSF gave you. I think it is in the DMV booklet and online. Get a friebd to drive and follow you to the parking lot of choice. If you drop the bike they can help you pick it up. Go online and get the "Correct way to pick up a motorcycle. I have dropped a bike and was run off the road and crashed one. It is not if one will drop their bike it is WHEN they will drop their bike. So keep going i still ride at 60yrs young and getting ready for my first solo ride!

May 28, 2015
School's Responsibility
by: Anonymous

Pamela... The school has a responsibility, if you were using their bike to furnish you with a bike in good working order. It may not be all your fault that you failed the test or you got upset and left the course. The kickstand and the starter are someway connected and will shut the bike off. It would be very natural if you are a Newbie to get so discouraged that you would QUIT!! Well don't quit. We've all been there. Do it for the other women who will come after you. You have been offered another chance. Take it and know that the Spirit of other riders go with you. AND if you don't pass, practice, practice until you can. You can do this. You will do this.

May 28, 2015
confidence is key
by: Anonymous

Sorry to hear you had some issues with the MSF beginner class. Those issues are only small things but do happen even to experienced riders. If you are still committed to riding, don't give up. Know that we all drop our bike and occasionally have to roll it to get it into N. I live in Rolla, MO and I would recommend riding with experienced riders once you get your endorcement or permit. Find the right people to cruise with, their experience can be invaluable. Hang in there!

May 28, 2015
Don't Quit !!!!
by: Anonymous

To the lady from Cuba Missouri...... My story could be a copy of your story... I didn't quit... But I sure felt like doing it. Like you I had some problems like you, but I was on their Bike. The big problem for me was I was a woman and my age. The school took one look at me and didn't even want to give me a chance. A 79 year old woman from Jacksonville, Fl, was my inspiration. There was an article about her in the newspaper and I happened to read it. I called her and she had the same problem, but one school gave her the chance and told her if she passed the test, they would sign her certificate of completion. She took that test and she passed it. So if you are not 79 and you read this , maybe this lady can be an inspiration for you too .. Just suck it up get back on your bike and retake the test. I am 74 and I was in my 60's when I did it..Now let us women out there know you got up and didn't Quit.

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