Passed MSF this past weekend
September 2, 2008 at 12:35 pm #2015cybrnathanParticipant
I passed the MSF here in VA this past weekend. For anyone getting ready to take it the best advice I can give is “RELAX”. Everyone is going to make a mistake or two. Half of my class was made up of people who have never sat on a bike before. Myself, the last time I was on anything with a motor and two wheels was 30 years ago (I’m only 39) and it was basically a glorified minibike made up of a lawnmower engine and two wheels.
The instructors were great, very helpful and supportive. Bring LOTS OF WATER. You have lots of mini-breaks but nothing substantial like a real lunch break, so bring energy snacks. At the end of the class the instructor told us that basically we just rode the equivalent of 300 miles for the weekend, and trust me my body reminded me. Advil at the end of the first riding day will be your best friend (even the young guys were a bit sore for day 2).
Basically, I just wanted to reinforce “RELAX”. Once you stop thinking “please don’t let me be the one to drop the bike”, just have fun and keep your arms loose, you’ll not want the class to end.
You’ll learn a lot of emergency stopping info and general good habits to get into (ie: Look through the turn and the clutch is your friend in slow maneuvers) that just might save your life one day or at least keep you from going over on a relatively easy curve, so pay attention to everything you are toldSeptember 2, 2008 at 12:59 pm #11538BankParticipant
Congrats on passing!!September 2, 2008 at 2:49 pm #11542CBennettParticipant
Good Job I got mine the next 2 weekends(Fri and Sun for 2 weeks) and hope to say the same thing in 2 weeks .September 2, 2008 at 5:44 pm #11552AndrewParticipant
The riding was fun right up until the evaluation.September 2, 2008 at 8:21 pm #11567NoobacycleParticipant
^^^ He’s right about the Advil. It was my best friend for “both” of my days there. The day ended with a throbbing headache each time. Bring your own mini cooler like I did. Cold gatorade is good to have for those mini breaks too.September 2, 2008 at 8:23 pm #11568smokeizfireParticipant
HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS WINS
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