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post #51 of 79 (permalink) Old 11-20-2011, 7:39 AM
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i had to do compulsary basic training, then the proper bike test. i did an advanced qualification after that but it was optional. got my insurance costs down a bit.

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post #52 of 79 (permalink) Old 11-20-2011, 6:21 PM
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Re: POLL: Motorcycle Safety Class

Took the msf course in MD to get licensed 7 or 8 years ago. Now that I'm PA resident and riding across the country next year, I plan on taking the advanced course to brush up on (and learn new) skills... as PA offers beginner and advanced classes for free to PA residents.

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post #53 of 79 (permalink) Old 1-19-2012, 12:37 AM
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Been on motorized bikes since the age of 12. Cautious, sensible, and not acting like a fool with power keep me safe. Riding was encoded into my DNA.

Have I taken the MSF? No.

Would I take it? If it were free.

Should other people who are unlike myself? More than likely.

Also, my fiancée just recently took her MSF course. The one time I tried to teach her how to ride was on my Honda 50, and to be quite honest I didn't think there was any hope at all for her. During her course she never dropped the bike and only put her foot down once. I feel at ease a bit more as well as her.

If there is any doubt in your mind take the MSF.
The discount on insurance means you are losing money by not taking it.
 
post #54 of 79 (permalink) Old 1-19-2012, 12:55 AM
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Masta, come to the lovely state of Michigan, and it's no -fault insurance. They don't give a DAMN if you have a MSF class under you or not.

Period.

I've had my endorsement 26 years, and started riding 7 years prior to that. they don't care.

No fault sucks.
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post #55 of 79 (permalink) Old 1-19-2012, 1:06 AM
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Masta, come to the lovely state of Michigan, and it's no -fault insurance. They don't give a DAMN if you have a MSF class under you or not.

Period.

I've had my endorsement 26 years, and started riding 7 years prior to that. they don't care.

No fault sucks.
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post #56 of 79 (permalink) Old 1-19-2012, 2:32 AM
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LOL- this I know... I wish we would get insurance breaks for that, after riding all these years, I would STILL go take it, if it made a difference in premiums.
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post #57 of 79 (permalink) Old 3-14-2012, 5:24 PM
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damn flordia laws requiring MSF -.- i can understand why it just sucks having to wait a full 2 months (last waiting week right now)
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post #58 of 79 (permalink) Old 3-25-2012, 4:48 AM
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The reasom why we have it is this

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0mFkDJ0rpWA#/menugrid


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post #59 of 79 (permalink) Old 3-25-2012, 6:37 PM
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LOL- this I know... I wish we would get insurance breaks for that, after riding all these years, I would STILL go take it, if it made a difference in premiums.
on the ex . full coverage 500 deductable my premium is 1200/year
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post #60 of 79 (permalink) Old 4-11-2012, 8:30 PM
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Everyone should take MSF 100% worth it
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post #61 of 79 (permalink) Old 4-12-2012, 9:53 PM
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In Oregon by 2015 all endorsements will have to have a rider safety course attached to them. Currently riding with out an endorsement in Oregon , if you get caught will land you up to a $1500.00 fine. So , in the safety course will be pretty cheap.

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Re: POLL: Motorcycle Safety Class

I plan on taking the Basic, Experienced, and Sportbike courses. Since I am in the Army, I am required to have the first two before 1) I can get it registered on post and 2) legally drive it on post. Eventhough I can get an m endorsement on my own, I am still required to go through them. If something were to happen and the military found out I didn't take the safety course, I am screwed on any type of medical expenses.


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post #63 of 79 (permalink) Old 5-22-2012, 3:36 PM
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MSF at moraine park tech. Even if youve been riding your whole life theres always something to learn. 5-20% discount on insurance is also another plus
post #64 of 79 (permalink) Old 10-7-2013, 5:22 PM
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I cannot say enough about this course. I have family and friends who ride but never really rode myself aside from a little offroading here and there. I decided to get my mid-life crisis over early and get a bike. Glad I did it. The basic course is great for those that have never rode or are very green. I recommend it to anyone who has never rode before.
post #65 of 79 (permalink) Old 1-13-2014, 12:37 AM
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Going to rock the permit for a little while...would prefer to get some basic skills down before taking the course. I got a few traffic cones in the basement... gonna set them up in my high school parking lot and practice for a bit.
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post #66 of 79 (permalink) Old 1-13-2014, 3:24 PM
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I took the msf class in Brooklyn and boy was it a mistake! It wasn't my fault though. I cruised past the first 6 exercises and then it hit me. My **** foot could not fit between the peg and shifter thus causing me to get nervous and frustrated. I brought it to the instructors attention and I was told "I need to invest in slimmer boots". This was all before I bought my ninja 500 a week later and learned that I can adjust it! Long story short... I contacted ridemss.com and explained to them and even sent them a video of me the next day riding and shifting no problem and I finally got my full refund! But I would definitely recommend do some riding before the course because it is very fast paced.

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post #67 of 79 (permalink) Old 1-13-2014, 5:09 PM
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I took the MSF class from Total Rider in Austin.

The first day of riding at that class was the first time I had ever let the clutch out on a running motorcycle.
Highly recommend, and will be taking the advanced rider course this summer to further improve my low speed handling skills.


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post #68 of 79 (permalink) Old 10-26-2014, 6:28 PM
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Gotta agree that its a worthwhile thing to do. Learned how many bad habits I had developed over time. The MSF instructors in Richland, WA were both very experienced and pretty dedicated dudes. The thing that impressed me was that they never went into the "Im the best instructor and here is my war story that tops the other guy" mode. Very cool.

In WA if you pass the MSF course you just head on down and pay your licensing fee and get your endorsement, also the insurance break is nice. In WA its not required (I don't know why) for you to insure your ride. Seems a bit odd to me and my knowledge on this may be dated.


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post #69 of 79 (permalink) Old 11-8-2014, 2:45 PM
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I'm Mexican and I live in Matamoros, just across the border with Texas. Here the laws regulating the use of motorcycles are the same that apply to cars. So if you have a driving license for cars, almost do not need anything more. The only thing that ask the authorities to be able to ride a motorcycle is your driver license and wear a helmet.

I was taught to drive by a friend who has 5 years experience in motorcycles. And to be honest, here in Mexico there is little respect for the rider, so basically, it's you vs the world. To avoid accidents, you have to imagine that will make all other drivers and instantly have at least two ways to escape from every dangerous situation.

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post #70 of 79 (permalink) Old 3-14-2015, 2:55 PM
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Yes. I took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic Rider Course in Ohio. Now a BRC instructor.

Years and miles of experience before the course, Nova Scotia, Key West, Rockies, etc. Then in an accident with my wife on the back that was entirely my fault. I knew that accident should have never happened and decided I could benefit from some training. Took the BRC and was AMAZED at how much I didn't know. It made me a much better rider.

Being a BRC instructor is the best job I've ever had.

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post #71 of 79 (permalink) Old 5-28-2015, 10:57 AM
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Message to all new riders. Take the course. It will likely save your life (and take the advanced course if your EGO can afford it!).

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post #72 of 79 (permalink) Old 7-4-2015, 10:49 AM
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Here in Eau Claire Wisconsin they want $270 for the MSF course at the community college. I'll probably take it in the spring when they have the first class of the year.
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Every two year while in the Navy, that equates to 10 classes there, then four years after getting out I took another one just after buying my New at the time VMAX. There are many levels of classes to partake in, I recommend a progressively advanced class every year or so if you can.

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Took the course to get my endorsement and now take advantage of their "student for life" policy to go play on their course for an hour or so every weekend.

Already paid and registered for the Advanced course in the spring.

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Advanced course is fun, and you'll be surprised how little riders can handle their bikes on the ARC circuit .

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