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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-05-2004, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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just got my permit

Am happy to say that I just passed the written this afternoon and am the proud new owner of a Motorcycle Operator's Learning Permit. So I have some questions. Will the cops really bust my balls if they catch me riding without someone (around the neighborhood, I mean, not out in traffic)? What is the best way to teach yourself--I won't be able to enroll in the MSF until March (can't hardly wait)? Are there any fellas--or gals--out there from around Highland Park-Lake Forest-Vernon Hills-ish? And lastly, will bad things happen to my bike if I leave out for the winter? Thanks.
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Congrats on the bike and the permit. As for the cops I would be careful because they only way you'll catch a break is if you get a nice cop, because besides breaking the law you won't be insured. Insurance companies will sell you insurance without you having a M Class License, but if you get pulled over or wreck your bike without having your M Class they WILL NOT cover you. If I were you I know it hurts but just wait it out and go to the MSF class offered by the state for free and get a good education before you hop on the bike. You'll learn more in that class then you can imagine even with it's corny videos. As for storing your bike try and get it inside a.s.a.p.. Bikes don't like being that cold especially since you're not riding it. If you have an apartment/house with a first floor that's ground level then you are set or if you have friends that do you can just wheel it in and put it in the corner of a room. Stop by the dealership and pick up some gas stabilizer for the tank, and you may consider buying a battery tender to keep your battery from draining over winter. Good luck, welcome to the board, ask for help, and post some pics of the new ride.

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cause the wife is calling me back to finish our card game, but congrats, and when the weather breaks, meet up for one of my free lessons i put on in the year for all skill level of riders.

and dont get caught driving alone!
and Dont leave your bike outside in the winter!



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My advice, DON'T TEMPT THE FATES, don't ride alone, I know it's tempting, but start off on the right foot. You can get the battery tender here, at a good price, I have had one for a couple of years. As for the Stabil gas treatment, my advice is don't for short term storage. What kills gas is air, just keep the tanked topped to the brim. I also run the bike once a week, until it gets warm. You'll be riding in 8 weeks anyway. Good luck.

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Congrats and welcome! If you catch a cop on a bad day you WILL get your balls busted! Obviously you will not know what day that is so my advice is DON'T do it. As far as leaving the bike outside........Again i recommend Don't do it. If you must then properly prepare it for winter. You won't be the first person to do it. Spring is not that far off. Enjoy the rest of the winter and take this time to get "familiar" with your new beast. If in a garage wash and wax it to learn all the nooks and cranies of it. Trace out the wires, follow the battery cables to see where they go and check all your vacuum and all lines and hoses in general. Sounds boring but it will get you comfortable with the mechanics of the thing. Are your sprockets ground/ spiked? is the chain freely movable? orings on chain lubed and gunk free? Trust me take the time to be familiar with your bike.

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Ditto what everyone has said. Just wait out the winter it's not all that bad
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you guys win. but here's one more thing, how can I guarantee myself a spot on the first MSF class in March?
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by already singing up, its a mother blanker to get in and ya better be calling your ass off to find out as soon as they open, i heard the best way to get yourself a spot was to call.



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The MSF classes are easy to get into as long as you remember to sign up the second registration opens.

The website says this about registration: "The registration dates and course schedules for the 2004 training season will be posted in late January or early February 2004"

You can register online or by the phone but online would work out a lot better.

Here's the like to the website you can read all about it. http://www.outreach.niu.edu/mcycle/brc.html

They usually open the registration up at 12:00 (MIDNIGHT) on a weekday at the end of January or Early February.I have signed up friends before and classes seriously close within 10 -20 minutes of the opening of registration.

Hopes this helps just keep an eye on that site and you'll get in just fine.

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you guys win. but here's one more thing, how can I guarantee myself a spot on the first MSF class in March?
the *second* that registration becomes available, send in your forms. when i was signing up, the lady i spoke with on the phone said that some people even camp out at the NIU office or send their registration fed ex to ensure a spot.

just keep checking their website or call their info line daily.

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I was able to get myself and my girlfriend a spot two weeks before the class last year. Don't count on this though. Make sure you check the website everyday to see if there are slots open.

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I signed up at 12:45AM, and the first class I was able to get was in October last year. Get online and sit on the home page of the MSF site until 12:01. There's no reason to risk losing your chance at riding because you just can't wait. You're likely to build bad habits, damage your bike, and make mistakes. Wait for the class and you'll be happier/safer and will never regret it. Also, if you don't get into the first class... show up anyways. They have a lottery to replace people that fail to show up on time.
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What is the Dealio

If there si so much demand for the course, and if the course does so much to increase the capabilities of the rider, then why are there so few seats available? I mean, it is in everyone's best interest to have competent operators on the road, which makes it a government function. It really does not make any sense for someone to be turned away from this type of training. How shi*tty.
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