MSF and then?
April 16, 2008 at 6:40 am #1285JirikiParticipant
I will be taking my MSF course in a couple of weeks in Santa Clara.
I am hoping to be getting a new bike at the same time. Do beginners generally pick up their bikes, hop on and take it home? It seems like quite a step from going from a lower powered bike that isn’t yours that you’ve only ridden at low speed in a closed course to city streets. I am not too worried, since I don’t have to get on any highways…
I guess I’ll just need to be careful not to stall it on the way outApril 16, 2008 at 5:47 pm #5638BenParticipant
Santa Clara huh? Always nice to meet another Bay Area rider
I have known people that buy their bikes and ride them home, but I personally didn’t do that with my first bike (a gs500 I bought in S.F.). I posted in BARF (Bay area riders forum) asking if anyone had a truck that they could use to help me get my bike home. I got 3 or 4 replies and one of the guys took me up there, test rode my bike for me, and then loaded it up and took it to my house.
I think if you took the MSF course before you get your bike you should be ok riding it home if you don’t have to go on highways. If I had a truck then I would help you out, but all I have is a motorcycle.
~Best Beginner Motorcycles AdminApril 17, 2008 at 6:08 am #5651AaronMerlotParticipant
I bought my bike new from the dealer. The day I came to pick it up it was poring rain,( I was ready to ride it home no matter what) that combined with the fact that it is my first bike, the dealer gave me a ride home and delivered the bike for me 20 minutes later. I want to think it was just really good customer service, but I have a feeling they did not want to see something bad happen to me in front of the dealership (that would be bad for business!!).April 21, 2008 at 4:58 am #5726megaspazParticipant
What I did, since I don’t have any friends with big trucks for bike transport, I had one of my biker friends meet me at the dealer and ride my bike to the destination. He left his bike at the dealership, rode my bike to the destination, got a ride back from me in my car to pick up his bike. Afterwards we had dinner to celebrate my new bike. Although, if the dealership’s just down the street from you, you could ride it back yourself… why not? heh heh…
From my experience, the MSF only gives you a taste of riding a bike, though. A controlled area like the school playground is very different than riding the street with other motorists and pedestrians. I know I wasn’t quite ready to deal with that kind of environment as I got my bike right after getting my license which was the day right after passing the MSF. Also, it’s a time-based class for the riding exercises, so if you fall behind, you fall behind. Although, this might be dependent on the instructor…
But good luck on the MSF. It really is a fun course and the instructers are really cool people.
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.