Grand Prix 250
Main Motorcycle: 2006 Bonneville T100
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: New Orleans
Thoughts on my MSF riders course this weekend
A bit of background. I am from the New Orleans area and have always been interested in motorcycles. Recently, with encouragement from my amazing wife, I decided to seriously start looking to buy a bike. As a part of the process, I decided to take the MSF's basic riders course this past weekend at NOLA Motorsports in Avondale, LA. These are my thoughts in no real order:
- Dear god, riding is fun. This was my first time on a bike, so there was always the chance that I wouldn't like it once I did it. That did not happen. Even going at the relatively low speeds of the course, and using a tiny little 250 cc bike, it felt like I was going at light speed.
- If you get the chance to take a motorcycle class at a race track, DO IT! I spent my lunch breaks watching Ferraris and GT-Rs racing and it was amazing.
- The instructor was great. He was patient, knowledgable and just a nice guy.
- Bikes are incredibly stable when you give them a little gas. The people in our class who had the most issues were repeatedly told they were going too slow. I found that when trying to make sharp turns, the slower I went the harder they were. I think perfection lies somewhere between slow-assery and reckless speed.
- During our "graduation" our instructor told us we were now officially capable of practicing very carefully in parking lots. He stressed that the class by itself was not the end of our education and that we should take it slow and work our way up to city streets, highways, etc.
- There was a lady in our class who dropped out on day 2. This ain't for everyone.
- It takes an amazing amount of coordination to make all the controls work in concert. I think it's going to take some time before I'm fully comfortable with all of the different things my hands and feet have to do.
- I now know what a friction zone is.
I have a lot more, but this is getting kinda lengthy, so ill close with this. If anyone out there is considering a bike, please take a class first. It's fun and educational. Now to find my bike....
Last edited by AMC; 11-13-2012 at 11:41 AM.
Reason: Sentence change