Practice, practice, practice

by donna

As a brand new rider the best "advice" I can give is find an out of the way parking lot and practice there. Practice stopping and turning both left and right. Practice making U turns. Just practice riding around. I rarely got out of first gear! I did this for 6 months after failing the MSF course and was then able to pass the DMV test on my Harley Sportster. Although I was really disappointed when I failed the MSF skills test, I actually think it made me a better rider because I was "forced" into practicing more in order to pass the DMV test. I am still learning and practicing but now I can at least ride on the highway by myself. All that parking lot practice really built up my confidence in handling my motorcycle. I also recommend watching the "Ride like a Pro" DVD and reading "Proficient Motorcycling" by David L. Hough.

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Aug 19, 2012
GREAT Advise!
by: Anonymous

OH - How I wish I had read these before yesterday! Thanks for the great advise. I'll be spending much more seat time in the school parking lot!

Jul 11, 2012
by: Jeanette

Hey I can't agree more... I have been practicing like crazy.. I am the post with the Throttle mishap so I was pretty shaken up.. I am glad that happened before I took the test.
My two day class is this weekend and I am pretty excited to go.. I hope I can pass the test at the end of the two days.. I have been watching all the free ride like a pro videos online and just ordered them. Just watching how they do things with such ease has really helped me be more confident and overcome the fear while practicing, especially turns, clutch, brake and throttle control.
Gotta feel confident before the streets..I can't agree more that the practice helps with skill, confidence, and passing the test :)

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