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    ...because I passed mine yesterday.

    Met some nice folks and recommended this site because we were talking about getting out and riding and, well, I dig CVR (even though I haven't met up yet). While some new riders had big iron (VRods), there's an SV1K and Z1K in the bunch along with my SV650 and some serious bikes (R1/6 and GSXR 1K). We're going to take some easy rides soon, probably the road to Woody and areas like that, adding more challenging stuff as our nads drop. One guy had his R6, scraped knee pucks and a nice fat ticket from the CHP all in the last year, so some had real-world experience.

    For newer riders considering the MSF, I say do it. By the end you'll be safer and you'll realize how little you know. I've been in the dirt for a little while and, while that experience helped with swerves and braking to an extent, it was no prep for trusting the tire, which was my main hurdle. Best $250 I can recall spending, even with the interruptions from the air show flying in a couple hundred feet away. BTW my group determined that Viagra can be considered a drug that affects your riding, although that wasn't on the test.

    And so ends my spew And now to go button up the bike so I can ride the sucker soon.

    K

    PS The bikes are a bit tired, but the adversity works here. I'll be smoother on the SV after wrangling that 125CC manual-choke, snatchy-throttle, vague shifting, underpowered lounge chair for ten hours. K, now I'm done.

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    Congratulations!

    Also: Good to see someone posting up some encouragement for newb riders to get some formal professional training. Maybe we'll see ya on the roads one of these days.
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    Default Re: Is this where squids brag about the MSF?

    congrats on passing that. glad it was positive for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenV View Post

    The bikes are a bit tired, but the adversity works here. I'll be smoother on the SV after wrangling that 125CC manual-choke, snatchy-throttle, vague shifting, underpowered lounge chair for ten hours. K, now I'm done.
    LOL indeed they are...damn their friction points aswell. my 400lb ass on a 125cc was a joke but i sure did feel like i did the first time i rode my bike without the training wheels.

    hey brother check the post for the swap show in oakhurst is you wanna join me and a buddy for the ride hit me with a message. other then that brother drive safe and see you on the road.

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    I would like to take the MSF course but the $250.00 is so much easier to spend on actual hardware.

    I did read 'Proficient Motorcycling' though.
    If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits eighty-eight miles per hour... your going to see some serious *****

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    Grats on the pass. The SV is an awesome bike, take care of it.

    $250 is a small price to pay for the class when you get 10% off insurance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by r6squid View Post
    Grats on the pass. The SV is an awesome bike, take care of it.

    $250 is a small price to pay for the class when you get 10% off insurance.
    They said my record was to jacked up to give the that 10% off.
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    Eventually you will get it. Provided you get your record clean.
    Embarrassment is for the insecure

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    Quote Originally Posted by MistressOfMayhem View Post
    Congratulations!

    Also: Good to see someone posting up some encouragement for newb riders to get some formal professional training. Maybe we'll see ya on the roads one of these days.
    Thanks, and you guys will see me at a gathering as soon as I get some local time and a tad more guts. Ever since my 2yo was born I've been taking things a bit slowly, heh.

    Quote Originally Posted by Big E View Post
    LOL indeed they are...damn their friction points aswell. my 400lb ass on a 125cc was a joke but i sure did feel like i did the first time i rode my bike without the training wheels.

    hey brother check the post for the swap show in oakhurst is you wanna join me and a buddy for the ride hit me with a message. other then that brother drive safe and see you on the road.
    Glad I wasn't the only one thinking that. Most of my classmates had the rides nailed as PITAs to ride, aside from the TW200s. At 220lb I kinda dwarfed the Kawi but it was still a learning experience. BTW the instructors are no joke whipping around on those things. Watching them made me feel rather silly about my issues with the slow-speed u-turns, but experience will make that easier as well. I'll check into the Oakhurst thread in a sec, thanks for the tip and offer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bertroid View Post
    I would like to take the MSF course but the $250.00 is so much easier to spend on actual hardware.

    I did read 'Proficient Motorcycling' though.
    I grabbed both of David Hough's books, and while they rock (aside from the opening story, eeeeuw) they didn't take the place of hands-on training for me. $250 beats the copay on a broken carcass, or repairs on a laid-down bike. Straightening out and emergency-stopping a bike was worth $250 on the spot, as I had no clue how well hammering the bar back up would work on asphalt until a couple of days ago. Learning the differences between my dirt skills and requisite asphalt skills were worth more than the course cost me. Evidently rear-steering isn't as easy on the asphalt as it is on my KX. Simply put, there are things better learned in the class than on the street where your butt, bucks and buddies are on the line.

    Quote Originally Posted by r6squid View Post
    Grats on the pass. The SV is an awesome bike, take care of it.

    $250 is a small price to pay for the class when you get 10% off insurance.
    Thanks. A good friend recommended the SV after I started dirt, telling me it'd last a while. My instructor mentioned that one buddy has over 94K on his without a hiccup. Works for me.

    I didn't think about the discount. I'm twice the age of some of the riders on here so it's only a couple hundred for me and my wife on the policy, per year. Granted, I bought the bike cash so I don't have coverage aside from whoever I hit should that come to pass. I did think about the parts discount, of course

    Thanks for the response and information folks. Ride safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenV View Post


    BTW the instructors are no joke whipping around on those things. Watching them made me feel rather silly about my issues with the slow-speed u-turns, but experience will make that easier as well.


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    Indeed those instructors were so good at times i felt like i was gonna fail for sure but they were awesome and helpful, and very encouraging i felt really good at the end was still full of doubt but i passed and was ready to ride.

    Hey by chance did you get that instructor who rides that yamaha cruiser with the Predator Theme? i forget his name but his bike was sick. the little Asian guy was alot of help as well as the big old guy who rode goldwings was freaking hilarious they were a great combination for instructors. best 250 i ever spent!

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    From what I could tell, both our instructors arrived in cars. Both were white dudes, one looking like a biker (beard, gear, etc.) and the other just retired from the USAF. Both are prior USAF, come to think.

    One thing to remember about this class: You worry less about trashing the bikes as they're kinda already there. As a result nobody minds giving the throttle a twist when necessary for standing the bike up or powering out of a curve. That contributed to the learning process, for me at least.

    The advanced class is available after a year or 3000 miles of riding. Not sure if I'll do that, since I may just hit a track and look the fool there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenV View Post
    I didn't think about the discount. I'm twice the age of some of the riders on here so it's only a couple hundred for me and my wife on the policy, per year. Granted, I bought the bike cash so I don't have coverage aside from whoever I hit should that come to pass. I did think about the parts discount, of course

    Thanks for the response and information folks. Ride safe.
    I would look into full coverage or increase your uninsured motorist. I got hit on my SV with min liability, I paid cash too, 5k prop and 15k med does not go far. My uninsured/under insured is 100k/300k just in case.
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    Thanks for the tip. I don't recall what my uninsured coverage is, but I do know I didn't have bare minimums. It's time to review that...

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