My fiance registered me to start classes to obtain my motorcyle endorsement, and I was just wondering if anyone has had experience with this and has a motorcycle. If you could give me advice and information on what to expect and how you become a great motorcycle rider, I would love it!! Thanks so much.
I just got my endorsement last summer. Highly recommend the class. It was great and I really learned a lot. We rode little bikes and went over all sorts of scenarios and techniques. They literally act as though you have never been on a bike before.
If you want to become a great rider.... Practice. A lot. Start riding with smaller groups at first. Gentle curves, low traffic, few stops. Then work your way up into tighter curves, more traffic, and more stops. Practice avoidance techinques (swerving, etc) in parking lots and on empty roads.
Always be aware of how visible you AREN'T to the cagers on the road.
As posted above, always assume the worst from other drivers and assume they have not seen you. I'm jealous, it sounds like you're going to have A LOT of fun. Make sure to let us know how things go.
I got my motorcycle endorsement about 5 years ago now and have been an avid rider every since. Here is my advice:
The MSF course is a MUST. The habits they will teach you might save your life. It is also very important to ride ATGATT (All the gear, all the time). This means never go out without protective helmet, gloves, jacket, boots and leggings. The gear may not only save your life, it may save your largest organ, your skin. Also, remember it isn't a matter of IF you will take a fall, but rather WHEN.
Ride you own ride. Don't let anybody push you into riding farther or faster than you are ready. If you need to stick with parking lots and roads with little traffic for a while, so be it. It will take you about 2 years before you really feel at home on a bike. When you are ready to buy a bike, it is also better to start on what you are comfortable with, rather than buy the one you hope to grow into. It is just like horses where a new rider on an advanced horse is more likely to lose confidence and give up, or get hurt.
Ride like you are invisible and everyone else is out to kill you. DEFENSIVE driving is most important on a bike. Other drivers don't mean to cut you off, etc., but they can't see you. Bright colored riding gear will improve your visibility.
Lastly, enjoy the sport. You will meet some great people and experience scenery and travel like never before. By taking appropriate precautions (ATGATT, MSF, etc), you can lower the risk and make riding much more enjoyable. Good luck and have fun!
I agree with everyone's comments about the safety aspect. But my biggest thought and I have always said this....RESPECT the machine your riding. I'm saying don't go out there and get cocky, not saying you will but I have seen to many beginners think there all that and end up either dumping thier ride or taking a ride to the ER. I still have my MC license but I gave up the 2 wheels for the 4 hooves and personally both are just as dangerous...Always watch out for the other guy.... :wink:
PS Oh Koolio I love your grey
I got my first bike before my first horse - 30 years ago. I learned by doing since there were no classes in NY at the time. If given the chance again, I would take the class in a heart beat.
There is an advanced course that I took about a dozen years ago that was absolutely fantastic but you need a good deal of experience to take it and it is eye opening.
Be careful - everything you hear about being invisible is 100% true.
i just got my permit, so far its awesome!!!!!! my dad has been riding for 30+ years so I'm learning a lot from him
Bright colored gear is a great idea when riding a bike - When I start riding, I think my color will be hot pink. :D (*ahem* this will take place AFTER I find a pair so I can actually get my license...)
i am starting to wear a half helmet. its all my dad has. the one i want is full faced.
Erin And Jasper,
A full faced helmet is substantially more protective than a half-helmet. If you are doing any amount of riding beyond scooting around the yard, I recommend you go and get your own helmet. You should also have a helmet that fits you specifically. A well fit helmet should feel snug and squish your cheeks. Using gear that doesn't fit you is hardly better than no gear at all because it can either come off in an accident, or cause additional neck /face injuries. Also, helmets need not be overly expensive to give you good protection.
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