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Old 09-08-2006, 09:59 PM   #1
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:24 PM   #3
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:27 PM   #4
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I took mine at spring branch but I got the old harley guy and honestly its not worth $165 if you have ridden on the street at all. The book they give you has mostly the same as the DPS motorcycle book and you mostly learn low speed manuevers. In addition the guy running the class hated crotch rockets and told me that "everyone" that buys them just wants to ride wheelies up I45 with no gear and I said that just as maney harley guys are out with no gear on as guys on import bikes and he said "no, EVERY guy riding those little crotch rockets doesn't wear gear."
And then he was trying to tell me that the 125 eliminator I took my test on was as fast through that course as a GSXR would be, because, as he said, "a motorcycle is a motorcycle, you can't lean one more than the other. Why do you think you could ride your GSXR faster?" I was like.. um... cause the pegs are 6" higher and it doesn't scrape when I get 10 degrees of lean angle on it???
and he would tell me to slalom and do the exercise at 18 and when I hit the slalom at 18 mph he told me I was going way too fast (because the other riders were all going like 8 mph so they weren't even getting the feeling of leaning) and so when I slowed down to 12 mph he said I didn't look like I was having any fun.

The final straw was when I rode past him after completing an exercise and instead of giving the hand signal for "stop" he just reaching over and grabbed my front brake lever as I went by, jerking the wheel and locking up the front brake. If I wasn't an experienced rider I would have dropped the bike and possibly injured both of us.
Youre probably thinking I must have done something horribly wrong if he did something that drastic but all he wanted to tell me was something like "you did good, shift earlier, and do it again."

anyway I signed up there thinking i'd get racer X but they opened a 2nd section and I got the old fart... and he sucked I really didn't learn much and I felt like he was riding my the entire time and being more critical of me than the other riders (who were old guys who spent each break drooling over the harley he rode to class).

Maybe I just had a bad experience... if you are an absolute beginner the course will help you, or if you don't have a bike to take the dps test on and you want your license, I guess its your only option. but if you have already ridden at all you might want to think twice.

and yes, I know lots of other people took and loved the course and their instructor and feel like they learned a lot. Maybe I should have taken it before I had ridden for a while, it might have helped me more.

I'm just giving my perspective on the class, having what I felt was "basic" riding ability.

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I took mine at spring branch but I got the old harley guy and honestly its not worth $165 if you have ridden on the street at all. The book they give you has mostly the same as the DPS motorcycle book and you mostly learn low speed manuevers. In addition the guy running the class hated crotch rockets and told me that "everyone" that buys them just wants to ride wheelies up I45 with no gear and I said that just as maney harley guys are out with no gear on as guys on import bikes and he said "no, EVERY guy riding those little crotch rockets doesn't wear gear."
And then he was trying to tell me that the 125 eliminator I took my test on was as fast through that course as a GSXR would be, because, as he said, "a motorcycle is a motorcycle, you can't lean one more than the other. Why do you think you could ride your GSXR faster?" I was like.. um... cause the pegs are 6" higher and it doesn't scrape when I get 10 degrees of lean angle on it???
and he would tell me to slalom and do the exercise at 18 and when I hit the slalom at 18 mph he told me I was going way too fast (because the other riders were all going like 8 mph so they weren't even getting the feeling of leaning) and so when I slowed down to 12 mph he said I didn't look like I was having any fun.

The final straw was when I rode past him after completing an exercise and instead of giving the hand signal for "stop" he just reaching over and grabbed my front brake lever as I went by, jerking the wheel and locking up the front brake. If I wasn't an experienced rider I would have dropped the bike and possibly injured both of us.
Youre probably thinking I must have done something horribly wrong if he did something that drastic but all he wanted to tell me was something like "you did good, shift earlier, and do it again."

anyway I signed up there thinking i'd get racer X but they opened a 2nd section and I got the old fart... and he sucked I really didn't learn much and I felt like he was riding my the entire time and being more critical of me than the other riders (who were old guys who spent each break drooling over the harley he rode to class).

Maybe I just had a bad experience... if you are an absolute beginner the course will help you, or if you don't have a bike to take the dps test on and you want your license, I guess its your only option. but if you have already ridden at all you might want to think twice.

and yes, I know lots of other people took and loved the course and their instructor and feel like they learned a lot. Maybe I should have taken it before I had ridden for a while, it might have helped me more.

I'm just giving my perspective on the class, having what I felt was "basic" riding ability.

good luck
I don't think that you experience is typical! I have taken it twice at two different locations. First was for myself and the second I went with a few girlfriends for moral support! Both times I had a blast and learned alot! I highly recommend it for new riders, I don't think you will be disappointed.
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Maybe I just had a bad experience... if you are an absolute beginner the course will help you, or if you don't have a bike to take the dps test on and you want your license, I guess its your only option. but if you have already ridden at all you might want to think twice.
sorry, you weren't happy w/ the class. i'll forward your post to him. maybe it'll open his eye's a little.

as for learning, alot has to do w/ the student. if you goto class you'll learn something. if you already know it all, you won't learn anything.

i've had plenty of long time riders who take the class and learn something, it's usually the 19-20 yo, who just started riding that "doesn't learn anything"

and as candie said, it;s like any classroom. some teachers are better then others.
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sorry, you weren't happy w/ the class. i'll forward your post to him. maybe it'll open his eye's a little.

as for learning, alot has to do w/ the student. if you goto class you'll learn something. if you already know it all, you won't learn anything.

i've had plenty of long time riders who take the class and learn something, it's usually the 19-20 yo, who just started riding that "doesn't learn anything"

and as candie said, it;s like any classroom. some teachers are better then others.

I took the same class with RacerX....good teacher good class and DEF WORTH the money.....you can have riding experience ...but you will always learn something from a group of teachers who has been riding and teaching people to ride for years..... ...

I took the DPS test to get my license ... all I had to do was drive down the street make a left turn and a right turn then enter and exit the highway ..... no u turns no nothing......easy and took 5 mins! the class is a much better way IMO.
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