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Old 09-23-2007, 01:31 AM   #1
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I told you guys that i would keep you updated on teaching my girl how to ride. The first day didn't go so well. Right at the start she tried to take a left turn in the apartment complex and when she started easing off the clutch she didn't give enough gas and stalled out halfway through the turn. So as you may guess it threw her off balance when it suddenly stopped. So the bike just fell over. It broke the left handle bar off and that's it. I took the two pieces to a buddy and he welded them back up and I have the bike back together now. It happens i guess and she learned from it so we can try again when i get back from work. Anyone have any tips to help her get used to the clutch and throttle so she can get some more experience before I take her to the safety course?
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Old 09-23-2007, 01:34 AM   #2
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I rode my bike around my neighborhood b4 I took the MSF and was scared just riding it a quarter mile down the road.

After I took it....I had A LOT of confidence on the road. I was on the freeways in NO time at all

So I think MSF is the way to go. Good Job
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MSF first, parking lot riding second. You also have to consider whether or not your girlfriend even wants to ride. She may be doing it just to please you.
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when i took the MSF class they literally started out with us just pushing the motorcycle back and forth without it running for us to just get the feel for it... then back and forth several times at idle... and so forth. so the class is from the very basics to where you are riding. I would definately do MSF first the instructors know how to teach everyone there they see all kinds of people come through there...
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MSF first. Don't try and teach her, the course will do all of that. My wife had no clue how to ride and a week after the course she is commuting to work. Be patient.
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Odd man out here, but I felt like teaching the wife the basics before the course allowed her to spend more time learning better stuff at the MSF, as opposed to the time spent learning how to "ride" the bike.

Granted, I have been riding a while and have taught others before, and have found that sometimes trying to teach a girlfriend, wife or relative is extremely hard on the patience...
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Odd man out here, but I felt like teaching the wife the basics before the course allowed her to spend more time learning better stuff at the MSF, as opposed to the time spent learning how to "ride" the bike.

Granted, I have been riding a while and have taught others before, and have found that sometimes trying to teach a girlfriend, wife or relative is extremely hard on the patience...
You forgot mother-in-laws... :P
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I think I'll have to pass on that one.....
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i didnt get anything out of the class except not haveing to wait to take the drivers test at dps...learn to ride on a db
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if you already know everything, what reason is there to take the class.

only peeps that don't learn anything in class, seem to be 18-23y.o. who've been riding about 4-5mos.

ive had peeps who've been riding 40+yrs and learn something. ODD.
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So as you may guess it threw her off balance when it suddenly stopped. So the bike just fell over. It broke the left handle bar off and that's it. I took the two pieces to a buddy and he welded them back up and I have the bike back together now.
Been there, done that.

Right bar, $90
clutch lever $25
turn signal lens $8 (x 3)
turn signal $30

Somehow she has managed to do the right side everytime.

Driveways are a when the woman is short...
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MSF first, parking lot riding second. You also have to consider whether or not your girlfriend even wants to ride. She may be doing it just to please you.
I wouldn't have spent the time on researching a bike or spent the money on it if i was pushing it on her. She finds other ways to make me happy. She has been ridding on the back of my bike for 2 yrs. and she wants to ride long distances which we cannot do together on one bike. On another note, i didn't know msf covered the bare basics of clutch operation, etc. Now that i know that, i like the idea of taking her to msf first. So thanks for the help everyone.
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i didnt get anything out of the class except not haveing to wait to take the drivers test at dps...learn to ride on a db
LOL I am with him. Didn't learn much. But I did learn some. Got a 100 on both the riding and the written. Been riding dirtbikes for years.
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LOL I am with him. Didn't learn much. But I did learn some. Got a 100 on both the riding and the written. Been riding dirtbikes for years.
I wanna take the class to save on my insurance (cuz i hear you do). I'm sure she will learn a lot. And I'm open for some pointers also. It's all for the better. I just wasn't sure if it would be better to learn the basics first and then go or to just go and learn everything there. But now i know that they will teach you everything starting from the most basic steps to riding it sounds like a good idea to do that first.
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msf teaches clutch pretty well if you've never ridden before, and those POS eliminators are prolly the best learning bikes for someone small of frame.

She is exactly the rider MSF is designed to help and the money/time would probably be worth it.
and this is from someone that hated his MSF class, going into it with a lot of riding experience. If I have friends that I've ridden with (and know their abilities and etc) I tell em to skip msf. If they haven't ever ridden before or if they have basic deficiencies and I can't/won't help them, I send them to msf. she sounds like the 2nd category.

besides its basically impossible to break the eliminators they already have the signals taken off and stuff, they get dropped all the time.
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I didn't know how to use the clutch either when I found an interest in riding. I took the msf with out a clue about anything including the clutch and where the first gear was lol. Let her take the course with out taking the chance of her getting hurt again
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