As far as the MSF course, I appreciate the advise to take it and I had originally planned on it but the times they have the class available in my area just won’t be feasible for me to attend this year. This is why I’m planning on practicing just techniques for the next several months in fields and parking lots before I ever get on the road. That and I will be getting lessons from much more experienced riders along the way.
eternal05, I think I’m confused as to the sequence of events you describe in downshifting. This can be for either shifting down one gear or coming up to a stop light and needing to go down all the way. Would you mind numbering that for me to make sure I understand you correctly?
To all, in addition to just practicing shifting, what should be practiced next? And are there any books out there that go through proper riding technique(outside of the MSF pamphlets I can download online)?
Thanks again for all the help!