Safety Course

by Cathy
(Hartville, Ohio)

Sign up for the MC safety course in your area. Great class. Instills confidence. Class rm and 2 day on bike class. About $25. Best thing I did before hitting the road. Ride safe! cat

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Jul 27, 2010
$20 versus $200
by: Sandra

Different states, different sponsors, different organizations all set different rates. A local Harley dealership sponsors classes for $300 per class near us. Illinois Universities team up w/MSF and offer the courses for $20 and REFUND the $20 upon completion, although they do ask you to consider donating it to the organization, which almost everyone does. Private lessons can be very pricey, too.

It's worth doing a little investigation and talking to other bikers before plunking your cash down, but it's worth it to learn the basics in a class setting versus on your own. Really glad we have such an inexpensive opportunity where I live though!!

Jul 23, 2010
by: Aili

$25??? Mine was $200!!! :O

Jul 22, 2010
I agree...
by: Sandra

It's a GREAT place to start. But don't let the learning stop there! I hate to think what would happen if we taught our children to drive vehicles in a 20 hour crash course, and then turned them loose with a license/endorsement...

There's no teacher like experience; I'm one to talk. I know I should take my bike to the nearest parking lot and set up some cones for figure 8's and quick stops, etc., to now learn to perform these maneuvers on MY ride, not some 250 in the class. Honestly, I'm truly afraid of a stupid mistake causing me to drop my pretty White Dragon!

That's it; I'm motivated to hit the parking lot this weekend! The confidence I achieved in the MSF class was tremendous - I could use a booster shot - LOL!

I'm almost finished reading "Proficient Motorcycling" by David L. Hough. It's another great source of information, helping me to understand the physics of motorcycling, and why my natural instincts to SLOW DOWN when I feel a situation becoming challenging is usually the exact WRONG action to take. The tricky part is taking what my eyes have read and translating it to how my mind responds when a quick decision is required.

Actually this book made me feel even more excited to own a bike, and even more aware that I have a LOT of skills to build yet!

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