I took the class near a military base. I was new, but half the class were experienced riders who were all mad the Military made them take the class to be able to ride on base. By the end of the class they ALL stated they were glad they took it for the things they learned to eliminate bad habits and make them better riders.Just gonna put this out there. You NEED to take a motorcycle safety course before really riding. As they all say, "it's not a matter of if, but when you will go down on a motorcycle". I had to take a class because i was 17 when I first got my motorcycle license. All those in Europe countries may have stricter laws on motorcycle displacement size and ridiculous insurance rates.
Ed,Ed,Ed....it's called delegating. Train someone so you can meet up with us at the Hillbilly Hangout next year.I have a full class this weekend. My course is taught on Ft Chaffee in Fort Smith, AR. This weekend is about half military. 10-12 years ago we had lots of trouble with our military folks, as they were being forced to be there. The word is now out that it's a lots of fun and you will learn something, even if you have lots of experience. We now have military folks from all over coming to our course. We are not a really large business, but do train about 400 per year. I have lots of fun with it, but it sure cuts into my riding time.
I do have two that I can depend on. They are great, but I still feel the need to be there. The last 2 years I was waiting for the Hillbilly Hangout date. The date was posted after my yearly schedule got posted and I couldn't come due to class. Spring is when we are really hooked up. If dates come out early enough and I can manipulate my schedule, I will be there. I think it would be great.Ed,Ed,Ed....it's called delegating. Train someone so you can meet up with us at the Hillbilly Hangout next year.
Edit: Oops Dirt School!! Don't know if it's offered at any of those!! AKDCTFAN you are lucky to have a dirt school so near you. As my knees heel, I want to get back to the dirt. However, I believe the school you went to is the nearest school to me. There are not a MSF dirt school with 500 miles of me. I learned what I know at the school of hard knots in the late 50's and early 60's. What I learned was at the track in the late 60's. I did attend the Rawhyde's basic class at Overland Expo a few years ago. That was when my knees where starting to go south. Soon the knees should be back in a few months, but I do need a refresher course.
I fully agree with everything that you’ve said, specifically with last sentence. I took MSF course for two reasons:I don't live near an MFS facility but I took two MFS approved courses before getting my license. One at a community college for $20 where the bikes were so small (125cc-150cc) that I couldn't finish the riding part, the other at my local Harley-Davidson dealer who had much bigger bikes (500cc) which were much more comfortable. The H-D class is usually $450 but they offer it free to veterans and first responders. So if you know a vet, cop, fireman or EMT who wants a bike tell them they might be able to learn for free.
The college course I took can get you a license at the end of class, while the H-D class is merely a class after which you still have to take the state test. Some H-D dealers have a state examiner come out to allow people to take the test on an H-D riding range rather than at the DMV. If you pass, you receive an endorsement that you can take to the DMV and get your license. I took the class at one H-D dealer and had to go to another on another day to test and then take the paper to the DMV to get my license.
I definitely advise anyone who wants to ride: Class first, License second, Bike third. It only makes sense.