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MSF class, yay..

  • 03-10-2009 | 03:40 PM
  • njchopper87
  • Yea, it's coming along. I don't stall nearly as often as I used to anymore. Turns from a stop are getting better too.

    I must have had atleast 2 hours to practice today before all the kiddies started getting out of school, but I only ended up using 30-60 minutes of it. I focused on left turns and braking at stop signs. Next time out is right turns. I'm getting a good feel for looking through turns, but I still gotta work on turning in general. I did notice, however, that I subconsiously made the bike move where I wanted it to go when I looked all the way through. All in all, good day.

    I did take a while to start moving from stops though, but I guess I'll work on that after I get a solid feel for turning.
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  • 03-10-2009 | 04:44 PM
  • OreoGaborio
  • Yeah dude, head turn is KEY!!!

    Take this pic for example... this was taken last weekend when I was out on the MSF range with my fellow RiderCoach wannabe's.

    Your chin should be damn near your shoulder when turning.

    Remember.... SLOW, LOOK, PRESS, ROLL!!! Each is just as important as the other.

    Last edited by OreoGaborio; 03-10-2009 at 04:51 PM.
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  • 03-17-2009 | 06:00 PM
  • njchopper87
  • I took a small ride today, and this is the first time I wanted to go right back out. That looking where you want to go shit is no lie. I used to look at the ground or straight ahead and then looking toward where I wanted to go. Today I just looked where I wanted to go from the get-go. It makes a hell of a lot of difference. I was too worried about stalling or dropping the bike that I was hurting myself more than helping. Thanks to all for pushing that. Now I'm more focused on the riding rather than fucking up.
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  • 03-17-2009 | 09:34 PM
  • LittleTaz
  • That was the part that made the box so tough for me... Having to turn and look almost behind me just didn't feel natural and I kept looking at where I was instead of where I wanted to be...
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  • 03-23-2009 | 05:46 PM
  • njchopper87
  • Took my first ride to class today, and it felt great. I thought I was going to have a few problems with a bend in the road and a sharpish turn, but everything was smooth. Thanks again for everyone that helped me get through the learning curve. Not to say that the curve is over, but you know what I mean. Next I'd like to tackle U-turns.

    Shit. Looking back at the beginning of this thread I accomplished a lot..
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  • 03-23-2009 | 10:17 PM
  • Particle Man
  • Aren't those little bikes a blast? I loved 'em when I took my BRC
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  • 03-25-2009 | 08:59 PM
  • OreoGaborio
  • Hehe, yup... spent the last four weekends dinkin around on em. They're fun little shits. Terrible suspension, bad brakes, noodle chassis, hampster motors..... but fun!

    btw, got my MSF RiderCoach certification this past weekend & helped coach a class of 12 students... 10 had NEVER been on a bike before & all 12 passed. Woot!

    NJChopper, glad to hear that things are quite literally turning in the right direction
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  • 03-25-2009 | 10:12 PM
  • njchopper87
  • Grats on the certification. It must feel very rewarding watching them all walk away successfull.
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