Should MSF instructors be m/c mentors??
If you're a newbie, consider the existence of this site and others like it as your good fortune.
In MSF, I see many young misinformed, misguided, and to be blunt - retards and dumb asses that shouldn't even go near motorcycles, much less ride one. Some of them started on R1s, crashed 4 or 5 times, got pulled over by cops countless times, road rash all over, and still did not have any clue to change riding habits, much less replacing the old battered helmet. It's absolutely amazing that this one dude is still alive and tooling around. And then there are those who are potential dumb asses, after passing MSF, they feel they are qualified to operate ZX-6R or R1. It's one thing for one person to be deluded, but when the blind is the leader, suddenly everyone is a crotch rocket jockey.
Count your blessings newbies that you have experienced mentors here who'll reveal the secrets beneath the shiny fairings.
I seriously think that MSF instructors have an obligation to inform newbies regarding starter bikes, but none took the time and effort to do so. So MSF handbook should be updated to some degree to include these valuable info. That book states that most bikes have "5 gears," it's that outdated.
Today when I went back to MSF, I was shaking my head. Older guys wanting to start on 1100 ccs cruisers, and the young'uns goin for the "rocket bike." I wonder how many of them would be left riding for next 5 years.
Last edited by Z_Fanatic; 04-02-2005 at 01:35 PM.