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August 30, 2009 at 4:17 pm #3365
Might be early but I figure I would start researching on what to look for in a beginner bike. Read to check up this place, and already I have been learning more. I plan on selling my snowmobile come winter and getting a bike by next spring. I just don’t get use out of my sled and think I will use the bike more. What is required once a person finds the right bike/gear (not trying to sound like an idiot)?August 30, 2009 at 11:42 pm #22049MunchParticipant
Welcome….Absolutely first… even before bike and gear…. MSF/BRC
A learning course for beginner motorcyclists to get you started.August 31, 2009 at 1:16 am #22055August 31, 2009 at 2:29 am #22058
You’ll probably hear that from most of the people here. The Beginner Riders Course is definitely the best first step you can take.September 1, 2009 at 12:19 am #22109
I plan on doing that, just that I am not sure if I should do that before winter or after when its all fresh. Would it be unwise if I do happen to sell my snowmobile then come spring, get my temps and a bike and learn on that at the same time as taking the course?September 1, 2009 at 1:01 am #22110
Personally, I would take the BRC immediately before buying a bike. This way everything is fresh and you can practice the concepts and exercises right after completing the course. Otherwise, your memory (and perhaps your confidence) may erode while waiting for spring.September 1, 2009 at 2:25 am #22116
I wouldn’t buy a bike before taking the BRC. Don’t worry too much about trying to get practice for the class the first time. All I had going for me was I could ride a bicycle, and I drove a 5-speed manual shift car all the time, so I was used to shifting gears. However, I had absolutely no motorcycle experience or knowledge other than my online research, and I still passed the first time.
The best part of the BRC is that they supply just about everything: motorcycle, helmet, instructors, materials, etc. You just need to have long sleeves, gloves, and over-the-ankle boots. It’s a great way to see if you even like the feel of riding a motorcycle without making the financial commitment of a purchase.
As rb said, if you can take the class, then go make your purchase, the things you learn there will be fresh in your mind as you start riding.
BTW, when you start looking into taking the BRC, keep in mind that it fills up very quickly, at least around here it does. You may have to schedule it months in advance.
Hope this helps. Best of luck to you.September 1, 2009 at 3:38 am #22121
From taking the class and passing, its the same as if you were to go and take the road test at a local dmv? You can then ride with no restrictions what so ever?September 1, 2009 at 6:05 pm #22132
Correct. At least in PA that is how it works. You are given your M class license upon successful completion of the course, however, I’m sure this varies by state.September 2, 2009 at 2:14 am #22153
Yep. Same thing here in Ohio. You pass the test at the end of the class, you’ve passed the skills test for your “M” endorsement. Just have to take your paperwork from the class to the BMV.September 2, 2009 at 4:11 am #22161SafetyFirstParticipant
Except you have to wear a helmet for a year because you’re a “MC Novice.”
Anyone reading this should be wearing their helmet all the time anyway, lest I get the pictures out of what happens if you don’t.
I’m dead serious, I had a lady in my BRC class in Ohio who said she doesn’t wear a helmet because it messes up her hair. I pray for humanity.September 2, 2009 at 4:17 am #22162SafetyFirstParticipant
My suggestion is…
If you can wiggle your way into BRC, do it now. It’s not going to be any easier in the spring. (Motorcycles Ohio has an online registration system, and it was literally damn near full state-wide within a few days of the new season going live.)
Personally, I think getting it out of the way is key.
During the winter, you could strike an easy trade with someone for your snowmobile for a bike. Or find a bike cheap, because who buys bikes in the winter when it’s cold anyway?
I know I missed out on a deal of the century on a Ninja 650 someone had up for sale on Craigslist. The kid needed money and kept dropping the price every day. I hadn’t taken BRC, never rode before, and sure as heck didn’t have any clue how to get it home.September 2, 2009 at 2:08 pm #22165JackTradeParticipant
Bought it at the end of the year in the dead of winter from someone looking to unload it fast for end-of-year money.
Trailered it home in a snowstorm!September 3, 2009 at 1:26 am #22174JdiParticipant
Guess what everybody? I passed the MSP course here in CA!!. I am so excited. I did accidently drop the bike but I let out the clutch too fast and it did a little wheely. Talk about scarey for me. My instructor was really nice but firm. I got right back up on the bike and went on with the course. I have some scrapes and bruises on my leg, but the funny thing to me is the inside of my thighs are sore from the seat. I had a wonderful experience even with the dump but will continue to practice, practice, practice. Love the answers on here from everyone.
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