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MSF classes hard to come by in my area

The safety classes are hard to come by where I live. The closest one that I could find was 150 miles away, one way. That one does classes once a month and the date in April and May just wont work.

So, since we (wife and I) have to get a motel anyway we signed up to take the weekend class next week at a Harley Davidson Dealership 300 miles away, one way . LOL we gonna spend 500 bucks on the class for the two of us, 300 in motel rooms, and who knows what on food and other items.

I have a 2007 Vulcan 900 that I bought used. Wife has always wanted a Harley. Egads this might be a 20,000 dollar weekend

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That sucks that you have to go so far for the class. Here in Ohio, they have them locally almost everywhere, but they fill up fast. Good course, but they're crowded and you share bikes. So, there's a LOT of standing around and waiting. So, it definitely had it's pros and cons.

My significant other took his course at a Harley dealership some years ago, and he loved it. Small class - only 6 or 7 people. Everybody had their own bike, and they were bigger bikes than I had. So, they rode a lot more, and had more 1-on-1 instruction. $300 vs $25 that I paid. He said he'd do it again in a heartbeat.

But, if it does become a $20,000 course, I think you'd enjoy it . . . LOL!

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That sucks that you have to go so far for the class. Here in Ohio, they have them locally almost everywhere, but they fill up fast. Good course, but they're crowded and you share bikes. So, there's a LOT of standing around and waiting. So, it definitely had it's pros and cons.

My significant other took his course at a Harley dealership some years ago, and he loved it. Small class - only 6 or 7 people. Everybody had their own bike, and they were bigger bikes than I had. So, they rode a lot more, and had more 1-on-1 instruction. $300 vs $25 that I paid. He said he'd do it again in a heartbeat.

But, if it does become a $20,000 course, I think you'd enjoy it . . . LOL!
Ditto around here as well. Lots of classes and they all fill up fast until late summer. I applaud your efforts to get some good instruction. HD classes are expensive here as well. The local colleges seem to have Illinois certified classes for $25 which is refundable if you want it back. Enjoy the weekend!




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Luckily when I took mine many years ago we didn't have to share bikes, we each had our own. It does make me happy to hear that they are filling up fast and packed full for nothing else other than some of the interesting riding habits I see around Columbus. Sucks that you have had to go to such great lengths, but happy to hear you stuck with it!

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Luckily when I took mine many years ago we didn't have to share bikes, we each had our own. It does make me happy to hear that they are filling up fast and packed full for nothing else other than some of the interesting riding habits I see around Columbus. Sucks that you have had to go to such great lengths, but happy to hear you stuck with it!
Yeah, it was years ago when I took mine, too, and they were full then!!

Oh, and that was probably me you saw with the interesting riding habits . . . LOL!!

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That sucks that you have to go so far for the class. Here in Ohio, they have them locally almost everywhere, but they fill up fast. Good course, but they're crowded and you share bikes. So, there's a LOT of standing around and waiting. So, it definitely had it's pros and cons.

My significant other took his course at a Harley dealership some years ago, and he loved it. Small class - only 6 or 7 people. Everybody had their own bike, and they were bigger bikes than I had. So, they rode a lot more, and had more 1-on-1 instruction. $300 vs $25 that I paid. He said he'd do it again in a heartbeat.

But, if it does become a $20,000 course, I think you'd enjoy it . . . LOL!
My wife took hers at a Harley dealership and had the same experience. MO isn't a state that offsets the cost of the MSF course so it was either $250 at the local college; or $325 at the Harley Dealership. $75 difference in price with a smaller class and no standing around seemed worth it. She enjoyed it.

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Here in Texas they are about $235 and since 2009 the class is required inorder to get your license. It now takes the place of the road test.

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I found a course nearby (within 60 miles) put on by a school district comunity program. It's only $155 and a 12 student limit, but I would pay much more than that for something that will help contribute to keeping me from a bad case of road rash.

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Yeah, it was years ago when I took mine, too, and they were full then!!

Oh, and that was probably me you saw with the interesting riding habits . . . LOL!!
haha, well at least wave next time!

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Damn...

Here in PA, classes are FREE and everywhere. It's hard NOT to find an available location and time slot.

I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere then in any city on earth.


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