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Motorcycle Safety Foundation: Experienced Rider Course

By James - 5/6/2007

I was fortunate to snag a free spot in the 8AM - noon experienced rider course held on the old Alameda Naval Air Station, in the shadow of the USS Hornet. I was in a different mindset today then when I took the basic class more than 7 years ago. All I was concerned with the first time was not messing up so I could get my M1 endorsement. This time, I was on my own bike and since there were two instructors I felt like I got a lot more one-on-one coaching. The focus was on turning and I realized that I have a bad habit of looking at the exit of my turns and not through them. I will be focusing on that in the coming weeks. Even if you have to pay for it, it is well worth the price of admission. For more information on the class check out the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

Motorcycle Break
One of the many breaks where we got to know each other.

Motorcycle Coaching

Coach showing us how it is done.



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  1. it’s nice to hear that the MSF advanced class is worth the time! i’m signed up for the Basic RiderCourse in June, and hope to have my first bike shortly thereafter.

    thanks for being inspiring to us wanna-be motorcyclists…in short order, i hope to be an actual motorcyclist.


    Comment by nick t — 5/7/2007 @ 6:33 am

  2. Okay, how did you manage to snag a free spot?!? Lucky you!! I hope to take the advance MSF course next summer. Those courses are well worth the money. There were two instructors at the beginners course I took 2 1/2 years ago and it was real nice getting both their inputs.

    Comment by Biker Betty — 5/18/2007 @ 8:08 am

  3. One of the message boards I am on let me know that there were a few free spots so I called immediately and got one. I guess there was a grant that covered my admission. Thank you California tax payers! It is so much nicer having two coaches than one. First, you get more individual help and second, they have different perspectives and help uncover different bad habits. For anybody scheduling a spot, try to find out how many coaches are in your session.

    Comment by James — 5/18/2007 @ 8:53 am

  4. I think that is awesome that you were able to get the class free. I’ve never heard of grants for that here in Colorado, but I will have to keep my ears open. You never know :) Great post and photos, BTW.

    Comment by Biker Betty — 5/18/2007 @ 12:59 pm

  5. Excellent experience! I’ve heard the same thing from a lot of riders in my shop. Some have been riding over 20 years, and they come away from these advanced training courses learning something new every time.


    Comment by Biker Gear and Apparel — 10/31/2009 @ 7:39 pm

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