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Inspired by the recent thread regarding dropping the first bike, I thought this might be interesting.

During my class, I nearly ran over the instructor. The bad thing about it was she was this little 70 year old lady. I was doing the quick obstacle avoidance excersize, where you ride along a path that eventually splits 90 degrees left or right and then turns back to the orginal direction again. You are supposed to ride straight at the split and the instructor signals at the last minute which way to turn. Well, this little old lady would stand right at the split! I don't think that they are supposed to do that. So there you are, riding right at her! Just as you think you are about to hit her, she signals and you are SUPPOSED to turn. Well, it kind of freaked me out and I panicked, gunned it and went straight. :eek:

Man! That little old lady could move when she needed to!

The second time I tried it she didn't wait so long before signalling. That time I turned, gunned it and got the front wheel of the ground alittle. But missed her!:D I thought for sure she would fail me on the spot. She just laughed and clapped her hands.
 

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i came to the realization in the MSF class that there are a lot of people who have no business riding a cycle. let alone mix it up on the city streets. there were 4 people in the class who would stall/drop/crash/ totally miss the excersice at least once a day. and they all have a license. be afraid be very afraid.
 

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Well having never ridden on a motorcycle in my life I decided like just about everyone here that it was a good diea to take the coruse before I picked up my brand new 2001 R6 :D THANK GOD I DID!

Anywya. So it took me like about 10 minutes to get used to riding. Then I figured out the counter steering thing in about 5 min. So here I am on the Honda 125 doing the cone weaving obstacle and the instructor at the end is watching all of us. I always waited until the person in front of me was almost all of the way through the cones before I went. Both instructors were yelling at me to go LOL So I'd start off slow at the first cone and then dumper the bike in and out of the turns, gunning it at every cone. Needless to say by the time I got to the end, the instructor would be getting out of the way I was going so fast LMAO

Then on Sunday morning, they let us warm up the bikes. Well I got there like 1 hour earlier than everyone else. So I took it upon myself to do fastest lap in the parking lot :D Well about 7:40 more people started showing up and started riding around the course. Well there was really only one other guy out there that owned a sportbike and this other sexy girl that her BF bought hera 250 something. The other guy said when he got there he could here me squealing the tires when I was going in the corners. He siad I left tire marks too :D

Did Anyone else get their 250 into 4th Gear? :confused: About that time one of the instructors stopped me and said, "Why don't you slow it down a little? You're scaring everyone else and me."
 

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Nappyboy said:
i came to the realization in the MSF class that there are a lot of people who have no business riding a cycle. let alone mix it up on the city streets. there were 4 people in the class who would stall/drop/crash/ totally miss the excersice at least once a day. and they all have a license. be afraid be very afraid.
I had those people in my class too. One guy who could obviously ride failed on a technicality. One woman passed who was scared of her own shadow and couldn't shift.

I hope she's still alive! :D
 

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I had those people in my class too. One guy who could obviously ride failed on a technicality. One woman passed who was scared of her own shadow and couldn't shift.

I hope she's still alive! :D
We had a lady who dumped the bike twice in the first hour of the class. She had already bought herself a bike and I give her alot of credit for not leaving. She was one of the reasons that I decided to buy a 250. And (very embarassing) the instructor made me take the test twice because I totally messed up on the stopping exercise. I was fine the whole weekend but just got really nervous on the test. Pretty nice of him to test me again by myself.
 

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I had a lot of fun in my MSF class. I got a perfect score, 100% riding, 100% written. They were calling me "Pegs" cause I dragged the pegs in evey turn. Not really hard to do on a Nighthawk 250.

At one point we were all sitting there waiting for the scared guy to finish one exercise. So, I'm getting bored, and decide to do a burnout on that little 250. I climb up on the tank, with my feet down by the front tire, so there is no weight on the rear. I rev it up, I slide the clutch out.... little 250 smoking tire. I smear the back end around a little, the quick sit down in the seat as the instructor turns around. Slowly I raise my hand.... and point at the guy next to me. (as smoke billows away from my bike.)

Fortunately the instructor found it humerous, and merely commented on how bad the clutch was getting in that bike already, and that I didn't need to make it worse.

I couldn't believe that the one guy passed... He could barely hold up his little 250, and was going to pick up his 600 pound full dress harley as soon as he cashed in his certificate. I hope he survived.
 

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Riding a 929 in MSF

One of the guy in my MSF class was taking the class to get discounts on his insurance. He insisted on using his own brand new 929 for the training session. Well, there is this exercise where you're pair up with a partner and take turn pushing each other while on your bike across the parking lot, no one wanted to pair up with him because he's got a heavy looking bike. Anyways, the guy kept riding his 929 until the slalom or the cone weaving excercise and he dumped his bike. I guess the guy in front of him was going too slow and you know how heavy a 929 is while going slow...Anyways he failed the test because he ran over too many cones with his 929.

He did however, get a lot of envy look from the rest of us and the instructor as well. He got up from the accident smiling even though the signal and the mirror were all scratche up, oh and the transmission cover too...
 
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damn i must be getting old because i cant remember anything bad happening when i went through the course in 1993. besides i was the only sportbike in the class and the instructor telling me to lean it over more when i turn. im going to go through it again as soon as i get my bike running right again.
 

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Well, maybe I did almost run over the instructor. But I did everything else right and got 100's on the tests. :D I never dropped the bike either. :eek: There was plenty of that going on during my class though.

There was a kid who had ridden dirt bikes quite bit and kept putting his foot down during turns. He wiped out and was lucky not to have gotten hurt. On another occasion, the same kid had closed his fuel shut-off valve and forgotten to open it back up again. He got going on the bike, it suddenly died and he fell right over.

The bike that I was riding (nighthawk) a had a big yellow dent on the tank. I asked the instructor about it. He told me that during the sweeping turn somebody laid it down and the bike went sliding over a row of yellow concrete parking stops. The guy didn't get hurt. Somehow he ended up sitting on the top side of the bike and just rode it out.
 
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jjcm said:

We had a lady who dumped the bike twice in the first hour of the class.
Funny, so did we. The worst part of it, though, was that she did her 2 dumps during the pushing drill!!! It reminded me of teaching a kid to ride a bicycle; as soon as her husband gave a big push and let go, BLAM!, she'd fall over. She gave up and went home.
 

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I never took a MSF Class I learmed the old fashioned way In the dirt. I always try to tell people that if you want to learn how to ride get a dirtbike, Because if you can ride a dirtbike through the trails the street is easy. That's my 2 cents anyway
 

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I never took a MSF Class I learmed the old fashioned way In the dirt. I always try to tell people that if you want to learn how to ride get a dirtbike, Because if you can ride a dirtbike through the trails the street is easy. That's my 2 cents anyway
if were are just talking from and academic stand point, a dirt bike will be more forgiving. But the MSF isn't just about stop and go and turn. In the dirt there isn't a blue haired old lady that's going to turn left in front of you. They don't do much of it, but the time spent on how to survive the street is well spent. Also the braking is much different from dirt to street. anyone who has overshot a corner can vouch for that
 

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We had just gotten back on the bikes for the start of one of the drills and I had been chewing the same piece of gum all day and for some reason I wanted it gone Right Now.

I pulled my helmet as far forward as I could and spit the gum and it stuck right on the top of the lip.

Like a dumbass I reach up and try to flick it off and now it's stuck on my glove. It's suddenly my turn to take off and now it's all over my glove and the throttle grip.

I spent the next ten minutes trying to rub my fingers together and work all the gum off my glove and the grip, and try not to let anyone see what I'm doing so I won't look like a complete idiot.

I finally got most of it off by the end of the day and my glove had sticky fingers for the next month. The guy who had that bike the following weekend probably wondered what the hell was all over that grip that made it so sticky.

Later,
Eric
 

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WoW, those were some pretty amusing stories! I'm taking a class the first week of December, and I'm hoping for the best.
First bike- 2002' GSXR600 should be here by next weekend, which I will ride around the neighborhood until the class.
 
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