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I am taking my Motorcycle Safety Course this weekend.

Anyone got any advice for me?

Don't do this, or do this?

Any tips that will help me would be appreciated.

I have found bits and pieces of who did what, and what not to do, but I have not found any at length discussions about the course and what takes place during it. I figure the more knowledge I have before I go, the better off I am.
 

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Tip: get plenty of rest.. it's tiring. I'd avoid any partying the night before too.

Eat breakfast including some protein. Maybe take some bottled water and a snack if they don't provide it (our MSF class provided water, gatorade, and snacks).

To me the written part was easy. They reviewed it thoroughly in discussion, film, and small group work. You could read over the manual, if you have it, to be familiar with the questions.

On the range, it starts out with the very basic controls, starting the engine, and power walking the bike. Gradually different skills are introduced.

Keep your head up and look where you are going, don't grab your brakes.
 

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Thanks for the heads up on the head up. haha See what I did there?

I heard it's pretty basic, but they really don't give you any advanced notice of what you're going to do. I've read the manual front to back...twice. Maybe time for a third read.
 

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Hmm, advice?
I say HAVE FUN!
I think what hsartteacher said was good enough.

Water is definitely needed! although it might be "cold" when you go out on the range, you're body is definitely sweating (whether due to anxiousness, the heat by wearing helmet, boots, or whatever heavy clothing you have).
When I took my class, I didn't drink enough water, and after the 1st day on the range, i developed a headache (mild dehydration?).

As for clothing, you will NOT be required to wear a motorcycle jacket. All I wore was a long sleeve gym shirt, jeans, and some sturdy mid-to-high-top basketball shoes. Try not to wear some huge bulky construction boots/hiking books. It could make getting the feel of using the shift lever (left toe) and the foot-brake (right foot) a bit unsensational (for lack of better word). You want to feel every part of the bike, from the squeeze of the clutch/brake levers, to the twisting the throttle, and shifting/braking with your feet.

When selecting your clothing, think conservative... no need for big jacket, heavy boots, heavy duty gloves, baggy jeans... .blah blah. You want to learn how to ride, not to look good falling ;) JK (but just on the falling part)

Some good gloves; try not to use those gardener/construction gloves. Some light mover's gloves is good enough. Don't be dumb like me and wear snowboarding gloves :( <--how I was feeling, :mad: <-- how my hands were feeling.

if you don't have your own helmet and plan to borrow the course helmets, bring along some sort of head cap similar to UnderArmor gear skull cap. Keeps your head cool and in case some other user had head-funk or lice, you might be able to avoid it.

anyway, good luck! I enjoyed by BRC entirely!!!
(mind you, i said nothing about the writing portion of the class, like it was said earlier, i'm sure you'll do fine... just don't fall asleep in class)
 

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Everything above is correct. I just took the class 2 weekends ago. The written test is reinforced by all the riding practice and is very easy on the last day. Have fun riding for 2 days and just really pay attention to what they are telling you to do. I had a blast for 2 days and feel much better about my riding ability now.
 

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Plenty of water, have a calm attitude, and just have fun. When I took the course, the first night we were in class, and I still had never ridden a motorcycle. the next morning at 0800, we were power walking the bike using clutch control, by three that afternoon We were in third gear doing laps, and downshifting every quarter lap, and upshifting the next quarter lap. You will be fine, and it really is a blast. Good luck with the course.
 

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I took the class 3 weeks ago & I definately recommend it. In addition to the other recommendations listed here you may want to bring some Chap-Stick as your lips will dry out pretty quick (based on my experience). If it's going to be very sunny all weekend our instructor suggested using some sunscreen on the lower half of your face and back of the neck. No sunscreen on the forehead or it may sweat off into your eyes while riding!
 

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+1 on all this advice.

Also, don't get too pissed when the instructors are shouting and pointing aggressively at you. For one, they have to be loud to be heard across a big parking lot full of motorcycles and you've all get helmets on.

They also know they have 2-3 days to teach people who can't spell motorcycle to ride well enough to survive what they're about to do.

My main instructor was a bit gruff. If I messed up, like I did, he was right on me. And everyone else, too. "KEEP YOUR DAMN HEADS UP! HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO SAY IT!" "PRESS ON THE HANDLE BAR TO TURN! LEMME SEE YOU PRESS! YOU'RE NOT PRESSING!" "I SWEAR, IF YOU GRAB ON THAT BRAKE ONE MORE TIME... WHO JUST STALLED OUT? DID I SAY STALL OUT?" "ELBOWS DOWN! THIS AINT A MOUNTAIN BIKE COURSE!" Yeah, a few of us were obviously agitated with him. I really believe he got on us like this on purpose though. He wanted to keep us a little agitated so we could learn to keep calm if something really went wrong.

And ya know what?

It worked.

I've had a few Oh Sh!t situations and I swear I could actually see him pointing and snarling advice at me. Good thing, too. I sailed right over that wood in the road just like that SOB instructed me to. "YOU'RE GONNA HIT IT! RAISE YOUR ASS AND HOLD ON!"
 

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bring lots of water or a sports drink. I took my NRC in Florida I'm the summer and it was ridiculous. Listen to everything that the instructors say. So if you accidentally let go of the clutchto fast and take off, don't gran the brake, you'll stall out. Just regrab the clutch, quckly if I might add. Also if you get stuck behind someone slow like I did, ask one of the instructors if toucan go ahead of th so you can actually to faster, safely of course.
 

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Not knowing where you are located, take a look at the weather forecast in you area so you can dress appropriately. If there is a chance of rain, try to have some rain gear available, if its going to be cold and you plan on wearing some extra layers, but make sure they don't restrict you movements. I took some of those instant heat packs, had enough to share, and made some friends that day.
 

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Oh and sorry about all the mispelling earlier, I was posting through my iPhone and I wasn't really paying attention to what I was doing. And did I mention it was during class?
 

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Okay...You guys ROCK!!!!

Great info. Thank you very much.

What I have....

Joe Rocket Mesh jacket water proof with removable liner..light weight if need be.
Rain Pants I do have. Light weight, breathable.
HJC Modular Helmet.
Boots: Possibly my trouble spot. I have Danner Acadia boots coming out of my rear. Medium weight, but not much for feel. Or...my good old trust Cowboy style Boots. Other than that I'm looking at tennis shoes.

Here is what they say for boots...
"• Low-heeled shoes or boots that cover your ankle and offer good traction"

Weather for Portland Oregon: Been dry all week, but is supposed to rain the two days I will be out on the course. Lucky me.

Again, thanks for all the info.
 

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Listen to the instructors. Which location are you attending? Swan Island, where I took the course, isn't too hard to find. There is bottled water on the course and one portable toilet. The classroom is in the shipyard. You have to go through the security gate and get a visitor pass. There isn't a lot of food out there on the weekends. A Subway and a mexican fast-food place. There is also a 7-11.
 

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Okay...You guys ROCK!!!!

Great info. Thank you very much.

What I have....

Boots: Possibly my trouble spot. I have Danner Acadia boots coming out of my rear. Medium weight, but not much for feel. Or...my good old trust Cowboy style Boots. Other than that I'm looking at tennis shoes.

Here is what they say for boots...
"• Low-heeled shoes or boots that cover your ankle and offer good traction"
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Geez, you've gotten advice from most everybody. My turn: On the boots, I suggest some older boots with not real thick soles. Maybe old hiking boots. The soles on tennis shoes are pretty good for what you're going to be doing, but you need stiffer toes and ankle protection. I don't know that you need lots of traction for any reason other than if they make you push the bike around if you stall too much. :D

Probably the best thing to do is (as was suggested above) try to have fun. That means don't be all uptight, which means don't try to overthink each maneuver. They're not going to ask you to do anything you can't do easily. Do a lot of relaxing. I mean, what the heck, the chances are two out of three that you won't fall over and break all the fingers on your right hand.

RonK . .:eek:
 

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there alot of fun man just dont act like ya know everything (not meaning your do) but they might make you a example and ask ya all the questions. but just have fun youll learn alot
 

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Portland Classes

Gillies is taking it out at pcc rock creak????


I'm taking it in PCC sylvania.

Like the post and the information provided though.

Thanks to everyone
 

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Which location are you attending?

Like Cheyne said, I'm taking the class out at the 185th in Hillsboro location.

@ barkerdrmmr182, "just dont act like ya know everything"

haha No problem there. I don't know S***!!!

@ Ronk, "I mean, what the heck, the chances are two out of three that you won't fall over and break all the fingers on your right hand."

That's Okay. I've been meaning to use my left hand more anyways.
 

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@ Ronk, "I mean, what the heck, the chances are two out of three that you won't fall over and break all the fingers on your right hand."
Drop 2 viagra in the fuel tank, that oughta' keep it up. WARNING: If you can go for more than 4 hours without using the kickstand....contact your mechanic immediately!
 
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