MSF Night 4 – Cornering and obstacles
July 31, 2008 at 5:05 am #1825
We did the last of our riding before the evaluation tonight. The obstacles took the form of a couple of 2×4’s and they were easier than I thought they would be. The bike went over easily with a bit of throttle just before contact.
The cornering exercise is one that we will be evaluated on and I thought I did pretty well with it but the instructor wanted to see that I had hit both my brakes to slow and a big head turn. I was looking through the turn but I think they want a big visible head turn. We also had an exercise where we do an emergency stop while in a turn. That was interesting. Had to make myself wait till the bike was straight before braking. It’s a little unnerving even when you get it right.
We got an explanation on how the evaluation will work and that you get points over the 4 tasks for mistakes and that more than 20 points is a fail. They warned us that the emergency stop can automatically fail you as you get points for how far over the stop line you are. I feel ok about the cornering and the emergency stop. Not sure about the figure 8 or the swerve. We haven’t done the serve yet and it’s first up next class.
Did better with the clutch tonight from starts and upshifting. Felt like the engine was really unhappy on a couple of down shift’s so I’m guessing my speed was too high for the downshift?
Rider coach suggested that I should get a bike that has adjustable brake and clutch levers. I have small hands and he thinks that will help my clutch control if my hand isn’t so far open when I’m in the friction zone. Would also make the front brake less of a reach. If a bike didn’t come with it he said I should think about adding it. Not sure what the cost would be but I’ll keep it in mind.July 31, 2008 at 5:18 am #9649ShannonGParticipant
When do they teach you how to wheelie? j/k
I’m glad you’re getting lots out of it.July 31, 2008 at 5:22 am #9650
You might be able to wheelie one of the TW200’s if you tried I suppose but I don’t think I could. I can’t see the Nighthawk or the Rebel doing wheelies.
AndrewJuly 31, 2008 at 7:44 am #9653SaleenDrivaParticipant
Dont worry too much about the figure 8…I do them tomorrow,but I asked our instructor about it, and the max you can lose on it is only 8 points, so…don’t stress! Focus on hitting braking points more she said…you can lose major points in those areas.July 31, 2008 at 1:48 pm #9660
Heard the same about the breaking. Coach said he had one guy miss it by 40 feet and lose 40 points on that 1 exercise.
AndrewJuly 31, 2008 at 3:02 pm #9663BuddParticipant
Don’t get too worried about the test. It is fairly easy.
“I am the best there is at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineJuly 31, 2008 at 3:25 pm #9665eonParticipant
Don’t worry about the figure 8. I messed that up completely (and I mean completely!) but aced everything else. I am sure you will find the swerve to be easy, it’s a lot simpler than the emergency stop or cornering.July 31, 2008 at 3:40 pm #9667megaspazParticipant
Well there’s a few things about the swerve that you need to be careful of. They’ll dock you points if you start slowing down before the direction to swerve at is given, if you brake while leaned in the swerve before bringing the bike back up, and if you don’t stop the bike in the appropriate distance for that class of bike.
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