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Old 06-16-2015, 03:48 PM   #61
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That's the only way I ride on the track (1 or 2 finger braking);I need my other fingers to hold on to the handle bar.. lol.. I also sometimes have to brake in corners and that is frowned upon in the class too.. there are slight differences..
Yep, in reality I think we all brake in corners with no issue (traffic happens). So long as we're making MSF confessions... I only use my front brake. Even in gravel-covered parking lots. Its all about control, and not being a ham-fisted mouth breather about it. I've never dropped a bike.

But, I get what the MSF is going for. Its the same as Dave Ramsey's money teaching. Make it as simple as possible, make it a hard rule with no exceptions, and then its easiest to handle for even the lowest common denominator.

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My experience was pretty much the same as yours. Yeah I could have learned how to easily without the class, but the class definitely saved me a lot of time, effort, frustration and who knows, maybe even a wreck.

Seems like a lot of people who hate on the class have either never taken it, or they already had a lot of experience before they took it and are butthurt because they had to sit through it.
I took the course, but I already had a lot of road experience. I still appreciated it though because there were topics covered that was not in the handbooks.

I had a few classmates though who struggled. They expressed their fears and how they did not expect the course to be so fast paced. I reasoned with one of them and later spent some extensive time helping him learn his bike. That is why I think beginners should really try out the dirt 1st, rather than hit the tarmac later.
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I took the course, but I already had a lot of road experience. I still appreciated it though because there were topics covered that was not in the handbooks.

I had a few classmates though who struggled. They expressed their fears and how they did not expect the course to be so fast paced. I reasoned with one of them and later spent some extensive time helping him learn his bike. That is why I think beginners should really try out the dirt 1st, rather than hit the tarmac later.
I guess, but I did break my femur in half on a dirtbike long before I even considered riding street
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I guess, but I did break my femur in half on a dirtbike long before I even considered riding street
Sounds like you were pulling an "Evel" Knievel rather than learning how to ride
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Sounds like you were pulling an "Evel" Knievel rather than learning how to ride
or sounds like you might have been on a two stroke and not familiar with the powerband..
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or sounds like you might have been on a two stroke and not familiar with the powerband..
There might have been some high speed jumps involved when I wasn't completely familiar with the terrain yet. I was 17
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There might have been some high speed jumps involved when I wasn't completely familiar with the terrain yet. I was 17
That's understandable.
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My knee is killing me as we speak lol
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Mine does too, but mine's from old age.. lol
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Thanks for the advice everyone

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I know how to ride a little. Just not comfortable with turning after a stop. Need more help on that.
I use to ride a dirt bike with I was a teen but I can feel the difference on the Iron.
i am schedule to take the course end of July so I can get my license. But every day after work I get on the bike and ride around my subdivision to get use to the turns. (still a little tricky)
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