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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-31-2012, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Just finished the 2nd level rider course today. What a great day to practice some riding skills. As expected I had the only V in the group of twelve. I got lots of attention and compliments on the bike. It was not as out of the ordinary as the Royal Enfield that was there, but it was the tallest!! LOL. Lots of harley riders and a few sport bikes. My buddy that took the course with me rode his BMW 1200GS.

So not a single word or drill with engine braking involved. The main focus was using MAXIMUM breaking with front AND rear brakes, while avoiding skidding, down shifting to 1st with out engine braking (no clutch release). The whole purpose of down shifting is to be able to quickly get moving if needed. For instance you stopped but the cage driver behind you won't be able to.

Hopefully I will be able to attend the next level of training soon. This one was just one step up from the basic rider course, so it seemed more like a review. Still a good day!!

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Congratulations-
I just got my MSF Instructor certificate late last season- just in time for the October snowstorm to cancel the last class of the season, and take with it my only chance to teach before the winter hiatus.
Spring will be here soon...

I agree- the V is a great bike for the range exercises---
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Here are some pics from todays course. If you look closely at the two pics of all the bikes you can see the V's seat behind the yellow BMW and then again in the background standing tall above all the other bikes.
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So not a single word or drill with engine braking involved. The main focus was using MAXIMUM breaking with front AND rear brakes, while avoiding skidding, down shifting to 1st with out engine braking (no clutch release). The whole purpose of down shifting is to be able to quickly get moving if needed. For instance you stopped but the cage driver behind you won't be able to.
Of course they didn't speak about engine braking. That's used in every day riding. You are learning and practicing emergency maneuvers (which is excellent to do BTW). Unless you always plan on MAXIMUM braking at every stop light or sign, I would not be quick to discount the benefits of good coordinated downshifting as well.
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Thanks for the information. I need to be reminded to sign up for an "experienced" riders course since I am too busy to remember most of the time.
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I just noticed they had a "level 2" course with your own bike. Looking into taking that now, and I'm looking for a dirt bike riders course somewhere around as well. I've been riding 3 wheelers and quads since I was five but never got the hang of dirt bikes.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-06-2012, 05:24 PM
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I just noticed they had a "level 2" course with your own bike. Looking into taking that now, and I'm looking for a dirt bike riders course somewhere around as well. I've been riding 3 wheelers and quads since I was five but never got the hang of dirt bikes.
They aren't too bad. I grew up riding dirt and only recently joined you guys on the street. The biggest thing with the dirt is feeling the bike move around a lot more than you're probably used to. And, go easy on the front brakes. I all but forgot about the level 2 course. I meant to take that last Fall. That can be a summer present to myself after the semester is over.
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Good reminder. I've been meaning to sign up for the next class. Beginner was easy but I learned a lot. Next one should be good.
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