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Hey Guys ...

So I've been noticing a huge increase in Motorcycles and Scooters in Iowa City and at the University. And the majority of them don't use helmets or any sort of protective gear (~90%).

A moped/scooter rental also just opened up and has been pretty popular with the students.

So now that I've been preaching safety and responsibility to my friends and people who talk to me about motorcycling ... how hard would it be to start a class dealing with general riding technique as well as maintenance. The maintenance issue is mainly with scooters ... as most of them are ridden to death and probably never serviced until they don't start.

I know that I don't have as much experience as some, but I feel as though I've experienced a lot in a short period of time when it comes to motorcycling (crashing, maintenance, repairs, road-trips, a trackday, and friends dying from drivers as well as their own actions).

There is an MSF course available through a near-by community college (which is usually full according to friends) but I want to see if I can do something through the University to teach motorcycle safety and try to get the community here to start seeing motorcycles as people rather than annoyances (as many riders here are idiots).

So any ideas or helpful criticism is greatly appreciated. I'm just tired of seeing accidents and people riding recklessly.

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It's a noble idea, but not practical. The biggest issue you'll face is liability. Someone takes your class, then crashes and gets injured, then sues you because they say you taught them incorrectly.

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It's a noble idea, but not practical. The biggest issue you'll face is liability. Someone takes your class, then crashes and gets injured, then sues you because they say you taught them incorrectly.
everybody signs their life away to even watch a trackday or enter a theme park. I'm sure you could come up with a waiver to take care of that.


I would start by getting together specific information you think is important to pass along. Then go talk to your advisor and/or department heads about the idea. Some of those types really get off on a student with an idea, assuming you are a student.

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Yeah I'm finishing up my Junior year in Chemical Engineering. I know there is a lot I'd like to cover and it will be tough finding a way to get people interested ... but I think its really needed here.
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ah, perfect. i've got a question.....

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everybody signs their life away to even watch a trackday or enter a theme park. I'm sure you could come up with a waiver to take care of that.
Having a waiver doesn't stop them from suing you. I know NIU has some pretty good stories of people trying to sue their MSF program. A waiver could potentially help your case, but you would still have to prove that whatever you taught them was not the cause of the accident.

You could inquire about becoming a certified MSF instructor, and then whoever your employer is would be covering the liability issue. Pay isn't great, but you're screwing around on motorcycles with people who usually want to learn.


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