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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-11-2005, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Got the M Class!! MSF ROCKS!!

Took the MSF BRC course over the weekend.
I have to say, we had some excellent instructors!

One thing I was surprised about was... don't cover the front brake?
I read "proficient motorcycling" by David Hough and if I remember correctly he taught to cover the front back at all possible times...
Because of the time lost reaching for the brake in a situation equal greater stopping distance...

But at the BRC.. never cover the front brake... only reach for it when you need it? What do you all do??

ANYWAY.. glad to be legal now and I dont have to freak out everytime the Po Po
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-11-2005, 12:29 PM
 
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Congrats! The only time I have the front brake covered is when I'm going through an intersection or something like that, usually unconsciously. It feels MUCH better riding with the license though doesn't it? It's a great feeling. Enjoy!

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Congrats on the M, were ya doin the MSF at COD? There was quite a turn out there last weekend.
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Info, website, what about Joliet Junior College? Any info for there????

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I don't cover the front brake - a habit I also picked up from MSF. I always wondered how can you have good throttle control if you've got fingers covering the brake lever???
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The MS course is awsome.. I can't say enough about it or the instructors that participate.
It is a good feeling to finally get your M class. I got mine at the Plano facility on Sat morning. It was very smooth going, and the lady who gave me the test was very cool.
One word of caution. Another guy and his brother who were there to take the test, said that they have been checking for people riding to the DMV on a permit without a licensed rider accompanying them. If they catch you, (so he said) they will ticket and arrest you. FYI
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I cover the front brake in high-traffic areas, or whenever I feel vulnerable. Every millisecond counts when you are in a congested area, where sometimes brake response and control is just as or more important than precise throttle control. Just my .02

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Thanks everyone!
I completed the BRC at College of Lake County in Grayslake.
Full class... dont think there were any walk ins.. you know first class of the year and all. Coincedentally, in my group was 1FINE9 from the board... so it seems CLSB is all over the place. I have to say it again, our instructors were superb and if you havent taken the MSF, I cant say enough about this program.

Thanks for the heads up on the DMV.. I had every intention of riding there... yikes!!
I made it this far.. I'm not taking any chances!

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Info, website, what about Joliet Junior College? Any info for there????
http://www.outreach.niu.edu/mcycle/registration.shtml

More info right on the homepage of CLSB...
Thats just one of them.. I know there is a U of I program as well.

They fill up fast.. but you can always try a walk in.

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I always cover the front brake with two fingers. I realize that this is counter to what MSF teaches, but too many other experienced authors and riders recommend covering the front brake lever for fastest possible reaction time.

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I don't cover the front brake - a habit I also picked up from MSF. I always wondered how can you have good throttle control if you've got fingers covering the brake lever???
You have five fingers, two for braking and three for rolling the throttle. That's how I do it, everyones different thought, what works for one person does not always feel comfortable to another.

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Congrats on getting your license. Krystal and I will be taking the class this weekend so she can FINALLY get hers.

Joliet Junior College are all booked.

Try going thru the State of IL website there are links there. You can always try to go as a walk-in every weekend they have a class until you get lucky.


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Oh I don't cover the front brake unless I'm near an intersection or someone is sitting on the side of the road/driveway.


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+1. Trying to cover the brake just makes my wrists tire.

I always have the rear brake ready though!
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Quote:
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+1. Trying to cover the brake just makes my wrists tire.

I always have the rear brake ready though!
My wrists got tired pretty quickly when I first changed my riding habits to keep the front brake covered with two fingers. However, after a very short while of practicing this, my right hand got used to the position. Now I feel funny if I don't cover the front brake. Remember, it's the front brake that carries most of the braking load when you are decelerating.

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