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Unread 09-18-2012, 08:35 AM   #1
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Motor Cycle Safety Course Expectations

So, I am taking the MSC this weekend. What should I expect? I am quite nervous....

I am not very experienced at all. The last time I have driven were up and down my dads long driveway...

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My oldest daughter took the course, they call it Team America here, and she loved it.
She was a rank beginner, and they supplied the bikes.
They start you off very simply, how to slip the clutch to get started, starting and stopping, all with your feet on the ground, kind of duck-walking as you start and stop.
Then progress to starting and stopping a short distance, bringing your feet up on the pegs, then down to stop.
Instruction progresses to shifting up and down, cornering, etc.
Lessons are easy and everybody has fun. You'll have a good time, no worries...
Do you have a bike yet? what are you thinking about getting for your first bike?
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I have a bike already. It is a 1982 Honda Nighthawk 450. Apparently it is a great beginner bike, and it doesn't weigh too much.
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Bushman nailed it. Also, expect a bit of class time.
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Nighthawks are pretty great bikes. My friend had a nighthawk for years. Rode the heck out of it.. I think it would be a great starter bike and beyond. You will have an easier time getting the hang of it with a bike that is not so heavy and allows you to put your feet on the ground easilly. A smaller engine is always more forgiving to ride than one that rockets off when you let the clutch go...
BTW it was "Team Oregon" class my daughter went to not "Team America" (Sheesh! that was a movie!) Here is the website Team Oregon
I think Beginner class is 15 hours, intermediate something like 8 or so...
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If its an AMA course beginner course then they will supply the bikes. I rode my 1200 to mine and the bike I rode was a 125. They won't use anything over a 250. There's a part where they tell you to do a figure 8 in about a 12 x12' box. it's possible. I took the advance course with my wife on the back and was able to do it no problem. Just relax. The class I was in there was a woman who's husband was making her take the class because he bought her a brand new shadow. She didn't want to take the class or ride her own. She was really nervous and stiff the first day. We were feathering the clutch and the bike moved. She freaked out and let go of the clutch, which made the bike jump. She freaked out and tried to pull back on the bars. Which opened the throttle. The bike took off and she was dragged into a light pole. She got back up and then shortly laid it down in a low speed turn. She walked the bike to the side and walked out.

Relax and have fun. If your state is like mine it should be fun and informative.
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It's a course designed to teach people to ride a motorcycle. You'll be fine. By the end of the course, you should be able to ride your motorcycle with repeatable results.
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