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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-11-2003, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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Question Sask Riders: courses or self taught?

Question for Saskatchewan Riders: How did you guys learn to ride? Were you self taught or did you take a course? The reason I'm asking is that I'm interested in learning but I don't know of anybody that can teach me (properly) and so far the only 'course' I've heard about is something down in Regina... thanx for your help.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-14-2003, 09:52 AM
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Well, I was self-taught, because I started riding at 16 and already "knew everything I needed". I was also too cheap to pay for the training. The nice thing about learning in Saskatchewan is that most of us live in pretty small places, where traffic really isn't much of a concern. The safety council here also holds courses in Saskatoon, and sometimes in smaller communities if the demand is enough.

I poked around a bit and managed to find you the registration form for Saskatoon, it has the course dates listed at the top. I think you might need M$ Word to open it though. Here ya go bud.

http://www.geocities.com/stoonmcskills/reg_stoon.rtf

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-16-2003, 08:12 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help. I've been looking for that kind of info for ages. Most likely tho I won't end up taking the course...just don't have the $$ at the moment. you were right about the traffic in S'toon, though...At least it isn't too heavy or aggressive, and there's lots of empty spaces just to practice. Were you actually taught by somebody or did you just pull one of those get-on-and-ride deals?
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I did the get-on-and-ride thing, which was composed of a lot of time going up and down my block in front of my house learning how to let out the clutch right. Unfortunately all the U-turns also involved me dropping my bike the first day and putting some mean scratches on, which will severely affect your riding fun.

Definately take the course or find someone to show you some stuff man. At the very least, figure out how to work the clutch and find the most back-water way possible to an empty parking lot for a day. Traffic in Stoon isn't too bad no, but would you want to be in a car when you didn't know the first thing about driving it? Be really careful. If I was anywhere other than Melfort or a community like it I definately would've wanted to take that course of find some kind of mentor to let me know what was going on.

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Oh yeah man, I would never dream of getting on a bike (big OR small) without at least some type of instruction. It's just a matter of finding somebody and taking the right amount of time to learn properly before going out into traffic. Who knows maybe by next spring I'll be able to take the course or will hopefully have found somebody to teach me basics at the very least.
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