Review for the MSF beginner course
September 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm #4221Jeff in KentuckyParticipant
This below is a review for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation beginner course. I took their one day experienced rider class with my own bike, after riding for several years with no training, and thought it was worth the money and time:September 3, 2010 at 9:26 pm #28464JackTradeParticipant
And I took the one-day experienced course, and thought it was worth it as well.
The ERC is good for those that already ride but haven’t had formal training, are returning to motorcycles after a long time away, or for those who had recently taken the BRC but still wanted some more practice/instruction under the eye of someone who knows what they’re doing.
I was in the last group myself. I did the BRC about two years ago in the late summer, passed just fine, but wasn’t 100% on everything (I had never ridden before, so it was all new to me).
So the next spring, after about 6 months of riding steadily, I took the ERC. A great chance to correct some bad habits I’d started to form, as well as practice some of the harder slow-speed stuff with an instructor watching and LOUDLY critiquing me. Immediately noticed an improvement in my skills afterward.
Plus, you’ll meet pretty cool, like-minded people in the ERC usually; everyone takes the BRC because you have to (and should), but few take the ERC…so the people there usually tend to be more like us here on BBM (though there was a girl my ERC who had passed the BRC only after taking it 3 times, her riding was pretty shaky, but she happily told me her next stop was to get a GSX-R (!). She was really cute; hope she still is.)
For totally new riders, the ERC is great to take within a year of doing the BRC. Really helped me fine-tune.September 4, 2010 at 5:19 am #28470JtownJJAParticipant
In central Ohio, there are plenty of offerings of the BRC, although they could use more since they all fill up quickly. However, there are very limited offerings of the ERC throughout the state. I’ll have to keep watching to see when and where it will come up next season. I’m certain it’s too late for this season. However, I think it would be a great idea for me to take it. Sounds like a great learning experience and a lot of fun.September 4, 2010 at 4:28 pm #28473ranetteParticipant
There’s not too much difference in the exercises between the ERC and the BRC. The difference is the way that they are approached, with the expectation that you bring some skills to the class. The fact that there is no classroom time and most importantly the fact that you ride your own bike. If you successfully completed the BRC and have at least a few months of riding under your belt the ERC is a worthwhile and not intimidating class. I probably didn’t learn as much from it as I learned in the BRC but it definitely improved my skills and my confidence.
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