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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-15-2012, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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I am new to the forum and just wanted to stop in and say hello. I am currently looking for some people that will help me out in a bad spot. I have been looking to get into a msf class and have not had any luck due to the classes filling up way past the date my permit expires. I took a lesson from a guy I found and was riding his bike for 40 minutes or so. This was great and I think I did a really good job. I bought a bike its a 600cc ninja 1993 and I have got the bike registerd and insured now I am trying to find some people to ride with and give me some advice when needed. As you all know I need to ride with an M Class person and well the people I know I have asked will not give me the time of day to practice. So I have turned to the internet to see if I can find some people that will help me out thanks.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-15-2012, 04:40 PM
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First off, that MSF course will be your best friend. Show up to every class they offer, even if it's not advertising walk in spots, there is a good chance someone will not show up and you can get in. Otherwise, group rides are posted up every so often, a lot of weekend rides, and you could probably get a meet spot near you so the older riders could help you out and guide you in the right direction.
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What spook said. College of DuPage offers 4 to 6 classes every weekend. There are lots of no-shows, an since next weekend looks like it will be cold I'm sure you'll be able to get in. Just be there by 5:45 on Friday.

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Where is there, out in the parking lot or they meet up in a class room?
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I took my MSF course at COD and where the class is held is in the "M" building. It's the southern-most building in the big parking lot that is just west of Lambert.
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The class is great in the rain ..... If you dress for it.

Lots of people bail if it rains.


Post up if you need rain-gear.



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The class is great in the rain ..... If you dress for it.

Lots of people bail if it rains.


Post up if you need rain-gear.



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3 of 4 days for my class were in the pouring rain. It actually taught me more than if it were dry since you have instructors telling you rain riding/braking tips.

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I did my advanced class in rain with no rain gear. I had fun anyway.
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Welcome, "behappy"

Keep trying to get into the class as a walk-in.

Also, be careful "learning" to ride or being coached by other riders. For all you know, they are doing it wrong!

Its like reading it on the internet and assuming it must be real.

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Welcome

Glad to see you are on the right track and love to see how humble you are in seeking the right advice.

If all else fails you can take a "private" school, but they are more expensive.

Just make sure if you do go for a private school that they are teaching the "MSF curriculum" as some private schools come up with their own curriculum that is not endorsed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

Good luck to ya and don't hesitate to ask further questions!



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Just make sure if you do go for a private school that they are teaching the "MSF curriculum" as some private schools come up with their own curriculum that is not endorsed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
Just because its not endorsed by the MSF, doesnt mean its wrong

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I took my MSF course at COD and where the class is held is in the "M" building. It's the southern-most building in the big parking lot that is just west of Lambert.
They've changed some of that this year, but everything is on their website.

If you're thinking COD, then the website is niu.edu/mcycle

Cold weekends and rain are perfect for walk-ins. Heck you're riding someone else's bike, thats the perfect time to learn in the rain.
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Well guys,
I am msf certified Parking lot rider now took the msf class like you guys said and it was good. I did a walk in and was the last person to get picked for the class, I did the walk in and the class was 20 bucks. So ya I think it was well worth the entire weekend and well I lucked out on saturday no rain, I thought I was in the clear as today it was not suppose to rain like yesterday, Long story short it started raining about 4 hours left in the class. Ya I took my exam in the cold and raining, I seen 3 bikes go down and well I was glad I didn't put the bike down.
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Well guys,
I am msf certified Parking lot rider now took the msf class like you guys said and it was good. I did a walk in and was the last person to get picked for the class, I did the walk in and the class was 20 bucks. So ya I think it was well worth the entire weekend and well I lucked out on saturday no rain, I thought I was in the clear as today it was not suppose to rain like yesterday, Long story short it started raining about 4 hours left in the class. Ya I took my exam in the cold and raining, I seen 3 bikes go down and well I was glad I didn't put the bike down.
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Hey congrats on taking the course! Great that you got some experience riding in the rain. It can be harrowing for many.

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