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Unread 01-26-2011, 09:08 PM   #1
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Any tips?

I've previously ridden my friend's Honda VTR1000 around in the NEX parking lot for an hour or so. I think I've got the gist of how to ride. That's about all the experience I've got so far.
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Unread 01-27-2011, 03:07 AM   #2
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  • Don't drop the bike. When you're doing the final test and you drop the bike. Automatic fail.
  • Listen to the instructor, they'll basically "teach" you how to ride. Nevermind what your friend tells you, you need to know the MSF-way because they will be evaluating you on your ability to ride within MSF-guidelines.
  • The course usually has 2 kinds of bikes, the Honda Rebel and the if I recall a Kawasaki Vulcan or something like that. Unless they got a bunch of newer bikes. I don't know, I took the course back in 2004. I found that those that favor the sportbike-style chose the Rebel and those that liked cruisers liked the Kawasaki. I could be wrong though...
  • Don't forget the fuel petcock! Some people forget to engage it and end up sputtering to a stop. A gal did this then subsequently dropped her bike.
  • Before you were able to wear a long-sleeved shirt, I don't know if they still allow you to or if you need to have a riding jacket.
  • Make sure your boots are over the ankle, some instructors check.
  • Read over the questions carefully, there are a couple questions you might miss cuz the answers are similar.
  • Have fun
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Good stuff, Dar.

Wear a thong so that when you bend over, the instructor gives you points for the booty.

Oh wait, that probably only applied to womenz. Nevermindz. G'luck!
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Unread 01-27-2011, 09:28 AM   #4
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  • Don't drop the bike. When you're doing the final test and you drop the bike. Automatic fail.
  • Listen to the instructor, they'll basically "teach" you how to ride. Nevermind what your friend tells you, you need to know the MSF-way because they will be evaluating you on your ability to ride within MSF-guidelines.
  • The course usually has 2 kinds of bikes, the Honda Rebel and the if I recall a Kawasaki Vulcan or something like that. Unless they got a bunch of newer bikes. I don't know, I took the course back in 2004. I found that those that favor the sportbike-style chose the Rebel and those that liked cruisers liked the Kawasaki. I could be wrong though...
  • Don't forget the fuel petcock! Some people forget to engage it and end up sputtering to a stop. A gal did this then subsequently dropped her bike.
  • Before you were able to wear a long-sleeved shirt, I don't know if they still allow you to or if you need to have a riding jacket.
  • Make sure your boots are over the ankle, some instructors check.
  • Read over the questions carefully, there are a couple questions you might miss cuz the answers are similar.
  • Have fun
Question about the petcock. They leave that closed?

My friend hasn't really taught me much so I don't think he's passed any bad habits to me haha. He's just walked me through the anatomy of the bike. Will be sure to listen to the MSF instructor carefully though.

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Good stuff, Dar.

Wear a thong so that when you bend over, the instructor gives you points for the booty.

Oh wait, that probably only applied to womenz. Nevermindz. G'luck!
Dang, I had my thong ready and everything. Thanks for getting my hopes up.
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Well, I guess you could always try it. LOL...
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Well, I guess you could always try it. LOL...
Well, if the instructor is a gay-guy...

Spike + THONG = Automatic PASS!!!
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Well, if the instructor is a gay-guy...

Spike + THONG = Automatic PASS!!!
So I suppose that counts for the "riding gear" section of the test?
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Yeah...right...huh?
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Does it have to be a leather thong?
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Leather thong only if you got assless chaps to go with it.

Petcock gets closed when you turn off the bike. Be sure to always open it up before you start the bike otherwise you'll ride for a short while till there's no fuel and the bike dies and you possibly freak out and put your feet down. That's another thing, putting your feet down while you're trying to ride costs you some points. Some bike today don't even have that petcock.

Wow... I want a petcock. I will name him ... ummm, nevermind.
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Unread 01-28-2011, 12:13 AM   #11
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As long as they run through that process in class. I always thought that was just a way to cut off the gas from the gas tank for servicing.

Hmmm....assless chaps won't work. They require jeans. :/

Also, what if I put my feet down because I've got a mean ass wedgie from the....okay that's enough of that.
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As long as they run through that process in class. I always thought that was just a way to cut off the gas from the gas tank for servicing.

Hmmm....assless chaps won't work. They require jeans. :/

Also, what if I put my feet down because I've got a mean ass wedgie from the....okay that's enough of that.
Yeah that really WON'T work. Talk about some mean road rash.
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Wow...leather thongs, pet cocks, wedgies..

Are you sure "MSF" doesn't stand for Motorcycle Sex Fiend?
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Wow...leather thongs, pet cocks, wedgies..

Are you sure "MSF" doesn't stand for Motorcycle Sex Fiend?
We need a "Like" button up in here.

Oh yes, another tip... drink some water! Keep hydrated because sometimes it gets hot out there and you could be sweating up a bit. You don't want to keel over.

Pack your own lunch and bring snacks. Don't rely on being able to run out for lunch or winging it through lunch.

Be sure you get ample sleep the night before.
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Wow...leather thongs, pet cocks, wedgies..

Are you sure "MSF" doesn't stand for Motorcycle Sex Fiend?
Bastards, they tricked me!

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We need a "Like" button up in here.

Oh yes, another tip... drink some water! Keep hydrated because sometimes it gets hot out there and you could be sweating up a bit. You don't want to keel over.

Pack your own lunch and bring snacks. Don't rely on being able to run out for lunch or winging it through lunch.

Be sure you get ample sleep the night before.
Hmm....good call. Totally slipped my mind about lunch. Guess i'm running back out again tonight.
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First day went well....although the Honda Nighthawk I was riding had issues going from first to second....and I swear the shifter was adjusted for someone who's barefooted or something.


No one died out because of the fuel valve, they leave it on so that people don't forget anymore.
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Gawd...I don't even want to look at that video! Glad to hear everything went well!
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damn, who actually uses the petcock anymore! i dont think i touched it on my gsxr or r6...
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I passed! Woo! Now I just gotta pass the permit test so that I can use the license waiver.
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I passed! Woo! Now I just gotta pass the permit test so that I can use the license waiver.
Great job Spike!
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thanks for the tips btw!

now to get a bike...
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Congrats!
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congrats! ride safe!
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thanks for the tips btw!

now to get a bike...
ayup.

saves $$ on gas, parking, etc...
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I passed! Woo! Now I just gotta pass the permit test so that I can use the license waiver.
BTW, was the Nighthawk the only type of bike they had? So what kind of bikes you looking at? I've been wanting to take the course for a few years now, but hesitant becauise of all the asshats out there driving around.
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