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Old 05-12-2011, 10:45 PM   #1
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do you ride your own bike up there or do they supply you with one? i plan i going to awesome cycles course, thanks in advnced
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They supply the bikes, all you need are shades, full sleeves, jeans, gloves, and shoes that cover ankles.
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I road my bike up to mine tho, But then again I had my M endorsement for about 4 years before I took the MSF. Took it with my gf for fun
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I road my bike up to mine tho, But then again I had my M endorsement for about 4 years before I took the MSF. Took it with my gf for fun
I also took the course there with my girlfriend. I had already had my M for about 20 years but it gave me a lot of perspective. (And it got rid of a little disagreement I had with a constable about how fast I was going one day.)

They discourage you from using your own bike. First of all Ė itís a liability to them. They have to ensure your machine is in good order before you use it in their course. Another good reason is that youíre going to be in a parking lot with a couple of dozen first-timers. If one of those bikes gets away from someone and you happen to be in the pathÖ well Ė thatís youíre problem. Plus, if youíre new to this game, the bike will likely end up on its side a time or two. No need to crunch up your own Ė they donít mind if you drop theirs.

I did use mine. I wanted to see if I could do the course on a full size. It was a challenge (especially the box) but I got a little bell for it. Youíll see. Use theirs Ė itís easier.
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Pretty much use their bike.

If you are going to up a bike, do you want to screw yours up... or someone elses?
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I just took the MSF last weekend at Mancuso Crossroads and only 1 guy dropped a bike. 2/11 failed, one on the written (idk how) and one on the skills test. Big guy on a little bike...now say that like Chris Farley :-P He hit the ground doing the box. If it's an honest mistake, they don't care if you drop the bike, if you are doing something stupid however, they will very much care. Just add character to their bikes :-P not yours
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And your helmet.
Awesome actually has helmets to loan for those that don't have one yet, though if you have one of your own already I'd rather wear my own personally.
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When I took it in pasadena 14 years ago if you showed up on a bike without your M endorsement you'd get a ration of .
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The Awesome course was just that. I had "old #4", a beat to Kawa 125 Vulcan? Anyway it was touchy on the brakes and the single was very torquy. The big hiking boots I wore, combined with the unfamiliar cruiser geometry made rear braking very difficult for me. As the course went on I got better at controlling the bike. The box I blew on the test, but fortunately that part of the test has less weight than the rest. I excelled at correct cornering. Fast braking was tough with my crummy boots: could not really fully use the rear brake and the touchy front brake would skid out far too easy. Missed the bell by a hair.
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