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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-16-2008, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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What to expect on the MSF Basic RiderCourse Practical Exam

Hey everyone,
I just returned from Kuwait maybe a month ago and was able to get a seat in the MSF course out at Great Lakes this weekend. We've gone through the first 2 days, and I feel comfortable on the bike, and very comfortable with any of the book work, but does anyone know what I should expect on the third day and what to expect on the riding test tomorrow?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-16-2008, 07:45 PM
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hrmm i took mine in OK and it was only two days. ride test= braking,swerve,u-turn,clutch control,wide turn with apex hit,obstacle(2x4). what else guys???

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Above post is dead on. You can miss 20 out of 40 points on the course test and still pass. The hardest part will be on the figure 8. Keep your head turned. If you have issues, it is better to go outside of the box than put your foot down. Remember to use both breaks on the break test. Other than that, you should be good.
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I took mine 3 weeks ago at great Lakes. You DONT ride over the 2x4 in the final evaluation. You do the figure 8 in the box (no feet down/no tires outside the box). Upon exiting the box, you reach 2nd gear into the straightaway, swerve right(dont fuck up and swerve left, you loose get big points!). Then comes the 4 point cornering(timed, so take a decent pace).(Look/Slow/Press/Roll), Trust me, TURN YOUR HEAD, it works, bike goes where you look!!! I'm doing it in my car now! Next comes the fun stuff! Ride down a straightaway, hitting 2nd asap. comence breaking as soon as you cross the line(cluch,downshift to 1st,rear/front break, left foot down). You have to imagine its an emergency stop. if they think you are anticipating the stop they will make you take it over. If you go too slow, they will make you take it over. If you miss 1st and stop in neutral, BIG points!(I actually took it too fast, they made me take it over). All in All, No biggy, just relax. The written is common sense. derived from the books Q&As. There is a practice exam at msf-usa.org. Alot of questions word for word where on the exam. I passed the DMV written test last year, took the practice exam on this site and got a perfect score on the written portion of the MSF. Not rocket science. When in doubt, ebb toward the safest choice!
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From 7 till lunch and then an hour after you ride then the fun test begins. Its no biggie after you pass guess what


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Not to hijack the thread, but where in Kuwait were you? Camp Arifjan? Ali al Salem? I just got back 2 months ago from a 6 month stint at the latter. to a fellow brother in arms.
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Not to hijack the thread, but where in Kuwait were you? Camp Arifjan? Ali al Salem? I just got back 2 months ago from a 6 month stint at the latter. to a fellow brother in arms.
I was at Arifjan from Oct 07 - Jul 08.
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Also, thank you to everyone for the replies. I'm off to the DMV today to get the endorsement added to my license. Now I'm looking up reviews on both the 600F4i and the Daytona 675. Anyone have any suggestions on either one?
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Also, thank you to everyone for the replies. I'm off to the DMV today to get the endorsement added to my license. Now I'm looking up reviews on both the 600F4i and the Daytona 675. Anyone have any suggestions on either one?
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Also, thank you to everyone for the replies. I'm off to the DMV today to get the endorsement added to my license. Now I'm looking up reviews on both the 600F4i and the Daytona 675. Anyone have any suggestions on either one?
Personally, I think the Daytona 675 will be a better bike. It has better engineering and performance, and it is pretty light as well. I like the look of the F4I, but they have been lacking in performance for some time. Since the RR came out a few years ago, they really have stopped the developement of the 600 F4I. If you are going to spend the $$$, I would go with the Daytona 675. I think it is a bike that you will ultimately be happier with, and you will probably keep it longer. They are still a bit rare, so you will have a nice bike that still turns heads when you drive by.
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In the side by side comparison, I like the D675 better. Hope this helps.
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