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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-25-2002, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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2nd Day of MSF

This was my 2nd day at the MSF course, where I spent 8am-3pm on a bike. It's a very good method for getting a new rider familiar with everything. They take everything step-by-step and give you plenty of time to practice everything you learn. If I taught myself how to ride a bike, I'd be too impatient to learn everything I need. I definately recommend the MSF course to anyone who hasn't taken it yet, no matter how long you have ridden a bike.

That said, I'm 6'3" and I'm wondering if I can handle a Honda F3. I have great restraint and won't do anything dangerous. It's a very comfortable bike to me, and I think that matters alot in my enjoyment of riding.

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Jim
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-26-2002, 01:47 AM
 
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Jim,

It seems to me that you have a sensible head. I, too, took the MSF course in VA and found it very valuable. I figured that this was a great way to get introduced to riding and way to figure out if you're cut out to ride one. Interestingly enough, my first bike was a 96 F3. This is definately an excellent bike. Prior to buying my first bike, I've was reading all the sportbike mags and drooling over them. The legendary CBR F series have been almost always been leading the 600 pack. It's hallmark has been the all around sportbike that can be used to take a pleasant stroll or a serious contender on the track. Depending on your riding experience, it can be an excellent first sportbike; although, I literally didn't have any riding experience besides the MSF course, I went ahead and started out on a spanking new 96 F3! Never looked back. It's Honda realibility and excellent ergonomics. I am 5'8" and was only able to put my tip toes when at a stop. You 6'3" frame should be good for when at stops but I'm not sure how it will feel when you're running. I guess, ideal would be for someone who's about 5'10-6'. Remember to take things incrementally when riding; especially starting out. There's no glory in crashing. Speed will come when you're riding smoothly. Look at Troy Corser. If you can't ride smoothly, (having the right entry/exit speed, braking, shifting, etc.) you're probably over extending yourself. And if you don't heed yourself, sooner or later, you will run wide and crash. I would concentrate and riding "smoothly" than riding fast and having to readjust. Again, I believe if you ride smoothly, speed will come. I think I've heard from racers that riding smoother actually results in shorter time around the track. Watch the video, the Privateer. In any case, ride safe and good luck. Remember, the point is you're supposed to be enjoying this, not scaring oneself.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-28-2002, 05:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi!
I passed the MSF course with a 95% on the driving test and a 96% on the written test. The last 3 days have changed my attitued toward riding. It is much more enjoyable now and I have more confidence in myself. Interestingly, I am more careful and aware of my surroundings at all times, especially while driving a car. That said, leaning through turns in a car doesn't do anything
I am waiting on the MSF card in the mail so I can pick up my license in a couple weeks. Til then, I'm practing on my friend's Ninja 250 in my neighborhood to get the hang of real street riding. I'm glad to be a member if the riding community, and I hope to see some of you on the road.


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-28-2002, 05:12 PM
 
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Interestingly enough that you should mention that. I, too, had the experience being more aware of my driving ability. My classmates also made such comments. It's obvious, a bike rider has more to contend w/ than a cager and naturally will be more in tune. I agree that it is harder to influence a car w/ leaning like you can w/ a bike, but I've used the "look through the corner" method on a car, and it seems to apply to cars as well. The "look where you want to go."

Good luck.
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