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post #1 of 9 Old 03-31-2008, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Ride like a pro - video any good?

I just saw Ridelikeapro offering class in LA area (close enough!). They also have a video and seems like they encourage you to take a look at the video before the class and the class can be repeated free one more time in a year.
Any one has experience with the class and any comments?
Is the video any good and useful?
I am thinking even if I get a video it may be worthwhile and fun to do the class. But at $150 for only a half a day class, it is a steep price.
Any comments and personal experince with the class and video will be helpful in my decision to part (or not) with the money.
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I got their video from the local library, it's not bad but it's really nothing that the MSF course doesn't teach you. I don't know about the classes, tho.

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The video is okay, but I'd take the class if it were offered here. Training is a good thing.

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post #4 of 9 Old 03-31-2008, 06:29 PM
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Yes the video is great. And it does indeed teach things not covered in the MSF class which are mostly dealing with gaining better control of the bike. I agree, if the course were offered local I'd pay to take it. Very worth it.
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I like the video, but the key to the video is to go out and lay out the course and ride it. Watching the video gives you good pointers and information that I feel was left out of the MSF. I don't remember the MSF teaching the friction zone.

If you go out and lay the course and practice the video is worth it. He tells you how to lay it out for beginners, all the way to Police standard course. Its fun, its hard but your riding will get much better.

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post #6 of 9 Old 04-01-2008, 11:52 AM
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I like the Ride Like a Pro videos because they keep releasing revisions, where they incorporate feedback from the people who've watched it, and they keep trying to zero in on what works. Version 4 is the one I have, and it was very slickly produced. I think it says something about the Motorman that he felt he needed to do yet another revision.

I wouldn't recommend it to someone as a substitute for taking a class where you've got people evaluating you, but if you already know how to ride its really good. They demonstrate everything on so many kinds of bikes that its very convincing that you should be able to complete the exercises, which I think goes a long way toward encouraging you to actually do it.
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post #7 of 9 Old 04-01-2008, 08:36 PM
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I bought Ride like a pro III and love it! It has made me a better rider. I fell more in control and has increased the fun level.

I was safety chairman for my local club and for one of the safety meetings we watched the video. The plan for this year is to set up a course and "practice what they preach".

The video helped me perform some of the exercises while taking the MSF course
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I ordered the rlap IV last winter, it goes over the same material in several different exercises, but overall, a worthwhile watch. We setup the course in a church parking lot, CMA offered coffee/donuts, viewing of the dvd with practice afterward, made for a nice saturday.
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post #9 of 9 Old 04-03-2008, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for their feedback. Just ordered a copy. I have already watched their video clips on the internet. Of course key will be to put it in practice. Will let you know what I think once it arrives.
Like the idea of gettng a local group together for practice.
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