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Written by Rich Hornberger   
Monday, 27 July 2009 15:43

So I've finished classes 2 & 3 which were on Wednesday and Friday.  Wednesday was the start of the riding portion of class.  Let me tell you, I was scared skydiving but, this was a whole different level.  I'm really not sure why, maybe it was something new, maybe it was the engine rumbling under my rear end.  Wednesday started off nice and slow though, going over the motorcycle, learning how to stand it up and put it on it's kickstand.  We then went and found the "friction zone", which is the point where you release the clutch and the engine starts passing on power to the rear tire.  This was good but, then we started taking our feet off the ground from walking and proceed to riding in a straight line back and forth.  My line was probably anything but straight...  Cool  Then we went on to doing some simple turns, etc. 

Friday was much better, the nerves were gone and it was time to get the bike moving a little bit.  I had this problem with only using 3 fingers to brake rather than 4.  I have that figured out after sitting at work and consciously taking free time to think about using 4 fingers rather than 3.  This also fixed another problem for me which was revving the engine in a corner!  This class was filled with more turns, second gear, third gear, and the "box".  I still don't have the hang of the box and it's the one thing that could definitely result in a failure for me.  It's a big old figure 8 except it's not big, I think the box is 20 ft wide or something like that, I can do the S turns like a champ but, the box just get's me, I can't stay in the lines.  The instructor says it's because I'm not turning the handles far enough so I'll work on that for next time.  It doesn’t help that I'm 6'5" tall and when I turn the handles, I hit my legs... LOL So so far so good, no drops...  I'm not sure if this is something I will do in the long term, IE buying a bike, riding on the open road, etc but, it has been a good experience so far!

Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2009 16:00
 
MSF Class Day 1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hornberger   
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 00:07

I thought I would take an opportunity to talk about motocycle safety class here in PA.  There really isn't too much out there about it.  I did however find one blog written by a lady out in Pittsburgh, PA.  http://thepurplepinkie.blogspot.com/  She tells you about her experience and I want to tell you a bit about mine. So starting out with Day 1...

I have never ever ridden a motorcycle besides riding on the back of one as a kid with my dad.  This was nerve-wracking enough with that in mind.  I walk into the class and good majorities are wearing Harley Davidson shirts or come on their own bikes, etc.  You get the picture I am sure.  So, we break up into groups with our instructor Bill.  Bill is a cool dude, I do not have a great deal of tolerance for stupidity or games but Bill tells the jokes and teaches a good class.  In my group, everyone has ridden before so we do intro's and I find out, I'm the only one in class that has never ridden before!  Surprised

I did find out however, that some people in class didn't seem to be so intelligent.  I need to qualify it, I heard some people talking about wanting to go fast, real fast, ramping off bumps in the road, etc.  So I'm sitting here going, what in the world are you doing here if that's what you want to do.  Insurance Discount!   So the night moves on and we learn through text that everyone is given and answer 69 questions from the back of the text in preparation for our upcoming test sometime next week.  Overall great information, although it was a little boring.  Day 2 is Wednesday so I'll have an update then! 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2009 15:58