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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2002, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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Talking MSF Couse completed

Just Completd my MSF Course today (Sunday). It was very
helpful and I had a great time doing it. I'm a new rider and
into sport bikes. Most of the other people where more laid
back type riders. I was the only one with a sport bike. One
good thing is the class was small with only six of us, so we
really had lots of time on the course with the practials. My
bike was a Honda nighthawk 250cc. A neat little bike. MY
sport bike is a Yamaha YZF 600R which is my first bike. This
guy who taught the class really knows his stuff he is a former
Florida Highway Patrolman. Gene Gracey out of Miami is who
runs the school. He teaches the class in Sebring also which
is several hours north of Miami. I took mine in Sebring, Fl.
I just can't say enough about Gene and his daughter
Christy. They are great instructors who know their stuff. I
know it was money well spent and would recomend it to
anyone. I mean the practice we did in curves and all the
evasive moves to gain extra reaction time just might save
my ass in the real world. The age range in the class was
spread out. The youngest was 18 with the oldest in his
60's. All of us did a great job in the classroom and on the
range. Now, it's just up to me to gain the experience as I
ride and remember what I was taught. Thanks Gene,
Randy
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-31-2002, 04:46 AM
 
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How much did it cost?
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-31-2002, 06:30 AM
 
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Congrats...

Glad to see another responsible person. What did you get on your final score if you don't mind me asking? I got a 90 because I didn't do the weave between cones, I just drove striaght (whoops).
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-31-2002, 10:32 AM
 
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Congrats on the pass, Glad you enjoyed the class, Gene is a great RiderCoach, Keep the rubber side down...
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-31-2002, 01:34 PM
 
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Congratulations & I see you enjoyed the MSF course.
Of all the sportbikes you probably have the best as a lst bike due to its comfortable riding position, best mid-range power of any of the fours, extremely good stopping power, etc. I have the same 600 as well & love it, but also a Honda 929.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-31-2002, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cool

If I remember right I think the cost of the course was just
over 200.00 to take it. Everything was supplied except the
footware and gloves. We were graded as we did the
practicals over the duration of the course on the last day.
He only told us on some of the harder ones that this score
was for the test on that paticular practical. On the other ones
I think he was grading us as we did them over and over
several times. This way the pressure was not on us all the
time. I'm not sure what my final score was on the riding, since
we all left the classroom on the last day as quick as we could
to go riding. However, he did let us know if we wanted to
find out our final score he would tell us on the last day. I
missed 2 questions out of 50 on the written part. The course
was a lot of fun with much to be learned. If your new to
riding PLEASE TAKE THE MSF COURSE.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-31-2002, 03:59 PM
 
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I took the MSF course this past Aug. here in CT. The cost was $150 for the 3 days..... Bikes and helmets were supplied (or use your own helmet). The selection of bikes was pretty nice. All were new and I chose a Buell Blast to use. The single thumper was actually kind of fun. There were also nighthawk 250's. Kawasaki 250 Eliminators and some Honda Rebels.
As far as scoring.....We were scored in a reverse manor.....ie...a perfect score was a "0". For each mistake you made there was a certain penalty added to your score. We had 12 people in the class; 6 guys and 6 girls. Everyone passed and I was the only one to have a perfect "0". By no means am I a great rider. I think confidence played a bigger factor. I have never owned a bike before either.....
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