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MSF Beginner Course...

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Ok, so today was the first riding portion of the MSF Beginner Course that I'm taking this weekend. I was ok, having never ridden a bike before one instructor said I did well.

They did this thing of "Stopping on command" where the guy would throw his arms out when he wanted you to stop. The 'nice instructor' was very helpful as he would give good instruction on anything if you were like messing up or such.

The other guy, well, I guess it's a "good cop - bad cop" thing. He like threw his hands up in the middle of me shifting from 1st to 2nd, which was approximately 10' past the start point, I couldn't get my foot around to the gear shift to put it back into first and it hit the floor.

The 'nice instructor' was really cool about it, said that if you drop it on test day, you'd fail but he said that I did well other than that.


After my ranting and raving, I guess I have a question as to this:

When you do the actual driving "test" of the MSF Beginner course, what does it entail?

I've been told that the DMV road test and (from friends who have taken the MSF Beginner Course) that the test is just a "figure 8". The guy that was the instructor at the in-class portion of the MSF Course said all you would have to do for the driving test portion was like go straight, left turn, go straigh, right turn, go strait and stop.

Is this true? What has been your experiences?

Thanks and sorry for the rambling,

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Well even if you shifting... all you have to do is pull in the clutch while your stompin on the brakes... the shifting part isn't that big of a deal. But you'll figure that out as you ride more...

As far as the different stories on the driving coarse. It's all going to be different depending on the instructor or tester. I took the advanced MSF for my "driving test" for the state so I can't comment on the state driving tests. Other than to say that I've heard of people saying the tester made them drive down to that end of the street. Stop at the stop sign.. pull away get a up shift in stop at that Ford without putting your feet down and then come back here.. make a u turn and you're done!

Like I all depends!
I think it was just bad luck/timing!

You'll do fine man... just concentrate and you'll get er!
Graff... that's awesome! CONGRADS on both the class and the bike!!

Just take it easy...for you and the bike.

Make sure you have your gear in check and get some desent frame sliders, just don't buy carbon inlay and anything made of metal! Do a search on frame slider here and you'll find but loads of info!
That's good! :welcome: and its good to see new riders taking the coarse. Do you currently have a bike?
I watched this old guy do the figure 8 on a 1500cc full dresser... and he did it perfect! So it can be done. I did it on my old EX500R as well but that's not much to brag about...
Crap...I did it on the first attempt back in the day... and I had only been riding for like a month!
Yeah but not for that long. I rode for that month so I had something to go on when I took the class!
Yeah I had a desent in with some local cops and they knew I didn't have my endorsement and didn't give me any problems. Plus I carried my enrolement papers for the class with me.
Graff aren't you a bit young to be on that and trying to get in Pgirl's pants? :lol:

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