The Halo hides my Horns
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Years Riding: 1 year
How you found us: Google
Man, it took me about three months to get into the MSF...but then again, I was trying to get in as a Walk In since the first class of the Season at COD (COD being one of the more popular sites).
Caterpillar factory does MSF BRC (Basic Rider Course)
College of DuPage (as I said, and which is fantastic)
Allstate building off 294 I've been told has MSF as well
I used to know 4-5 different locations, but I've forgotten them all...sorry.
MSF was great. Peanut went from being scared of her Ninja 250 (and almost hitting two cars in 20') to teaching me to be a better rider after one weekend. Truly amazing the change in her riding in just one weekend.
I got tired of not getting into the class because not winning the raffle (5 open spots and 33 Walk Ins!!!) and just went to the DMV and got my license on my SV650. Not everyone can past the test on a 500cc and bigger sport bike, and there the class helps as well.
Though I passed the DMV test and got my M Class, I kept hitting COD MSF class till I got in. I had continued practicing the basic skills right up to the morning I finally started riding in class. I passed the test with a perfect...the only other person in class to do that was a Naperville cop who has riding experience (made me proud to score perfect).
MSF also got me $20 off each 6 months of my insurance (I think that's how much it was).
The instructors were a little more strict with me because I was already above the curve in experience. While I had all the basic skills the class typically teaches, they knocked some bad habbits out, and help me tighten down my skills. They also let me open up a little more as long as I was being safe.
Some things I learned:
As silly as it sounds, Power Walking (walking the bike under power). I tried not to do this because I thought I looked like a tard...but then I realized dropping the bike would look even more stupid.
Use all fingers on break and clutch. You can't pull the break all the way down to the bars if your fingers are caught underneith them...using two fingers is a bad MTB habbit.
Never trust the Neutral light. It could lie.
They helped me tighten up my emergency/panic stop and throttling through turns.
Fantastic class, and I can see why some people go back and take it as a refresher course at the beginning of the season, or after several years away from the bike.
I can't wait to improve my skills in Ken's class!!