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post #11 of 23 Old 09-06-2019, 08:10 AM
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I took an MSF Advanced Rider Training in May of this year. First training after taking the basic MSF that got me started in motorcycling 20+ years ago.
Emergency braking exercises weren’t a big deal for me, but the tight u-turns and figure eights taught me some new and useful skills. It was a day well spent and fun. Definitely recommend it.
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I took an MSF Advanced Rider Training in May of this year. First training after taking the basic MSF that got me started in motorcycling 20+ years ago.
Emergency braking exercises weren’t a big deal for me, but the tight u-turns and figure eights taught me some new and useful skills. It was a day well spent and fun. Definitely recommend it.
Same here. It's given me so much more confidence in making tight turns and operating the bike at slower speeds.

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Find an empty parking lot then PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE
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Find an empty parking lot then PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE
Very good advice!
It will be a lot of fun for free. :-)

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Years ago took the MSF basic to get my license and then followed up the next spring with the MSF Advanced.
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Same here. It's given me so much more confidence in making tight turns and operating the bike at slower speeds.
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post #17 of 23 Old 09-13-2019, 02:33 PM
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post #18 of 23 Old 10-04-2019, 10:32 PM
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Took the MSF basic class before I even got my bike. Took the intermediate/refresher course once I got my DL650. Took the MSF ARC twice. The first time I took it, I was not satisfied with my performance, so I took it again the following year. Took the VA State Police Ride2SaveLives course twice, same story. I have also gone out on my own and practiced the exercises from both the ARC and VSP classes.
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Training is a personal issue. Have taken ARC every year for the past 5 years, get better every time - also took the Total Control course by Lee Parks. Eventually want to take a civilian police motorcycle course - 2 weeks of ride like a bike cop - here's the link https://advancedridertraining.com/. As has been mentioned, learn something new every time, you're at your best just after the course and go downhill afterwards due to just riding and not as diligent in practicing. Practicing is your friend. I think the money spent on an ARC is well spent and better value for your money than insurance, but insurance is mandatory, training is not. Want to take an offroad course, and now that I have the Vee, will be looking into it.

It also depends on your bike. Nice to go on an ARC where the instructors teach on the same bike. Did that with my '08 1800 Goldwing (since sold). Found an ARC where the lead instructor was one of the top riders at the Goldwing Wing Ding. He also demonstrated everything on the course on his 1800. It was quite impressive to watch. The instructor who was on the 1800 would do a "follow me" near the end of the course and push you until you had had enough. Sort of like the Top Gun movie where the instructors push the new pilots to their limits and beyond. The after course discussions were an eye opener as well. One young fellow on a lighter and less CC of a bike mentioned that he almost quit, but after seeing the 1800 Goldwings go through the course he was determines to do the same.

A benefit from taking these courses is you meet some like minded riders, and have a great time. It's interesting to see how everyone progresses.

Just a few thoughts. Never too old to learn new skills or refresh your old ones. We all develop habits that need tweaking/correction every now and then.

As an aside, the Victoria Police department has changed over to DL1000 Vstroms for its police bikes.

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Got my first bike(Honda 150) 52 years ago. No training available back then. When I got into dirt bikes in the early 70's the magazines would have articles on things to practice for better control. Those skills still help me today. I still occasionally find empty lots(Paved or not) and practice. Also riding alone also allows you to practice on lonely roads.
Yes a class is still a good idea and allows you to give total focus with a critic to correct what you might have thought was okay.
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