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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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Taking my New Rider's course this Thursday!

About two months ago I noticed that San Diego Harley was doing a women only Learn to Ride course. I emailed to see who the instructor was going to be, and they added the instructor I requested to the class. I went back onto the website about a week later to register for the class and it was full! I ended up on the waitlist.

Last week, they emailed me to say there was an opening. So, I'll be doing my class July 17th - July 21st.

I'm really excited. I keep telling DH that in less than a week, I'll be legal.

I've also been asked to do a review of the course along with a friend that recently did the MSF course as HD Learn to Ride VS MSF article. It will be posted on a local forum that is geared towards ride routes, events and general information.

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So how did the class go for you?

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I passed!

They had us on the Street 500s and the clutch and brake levers are kind of far out for a woman. We all had a hard time reaching it and my hands were so sore yesterday that I could barely type.

The U-turn box kicked my butt. I could do it without putting a foot down, but never stayed completely in the box. So, I need to work on that.

I have an appointment with the DMV on the 6th to get my license.

It was kinda cool having an all female class. We really bonded and encouraged each other.

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Congrats. The class is invaluable.
Was the class full? Did everyone pass?
Post up the link to the review so we can easily access it.
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Good job!

In Pa. when you pass the MSF class you are automatically licensed, no need to do the DMV test. Plus, the MSF class is free and they supply the bike. I wonder how long that will last though haha...

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I chose the Harley class because the class size is smaller and there's more riding time. The cost difference between MSF and Harley was only $75.

Our class was limited to 6 people, 7 on the riding days because we had someone that couldn't do the riding portion during another class. The maximum number they allow for a class is 8 people. (A friend recently did the MSF and said there were over 20 in his class) The Street 500s were really comfortable. Other than the clutch/brake levers, they're easy on the body.

Everyone did pass. The small class size and more riding time meant that we could receive more instruction and practice.

Here in CA, if you take the Harley or MSF class, you only have to do the written portion of the test at the DMV.

This is the review that I have written: http://theridesiteforum.forumflash.c...rs-edge-class/
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Congrats. Don't think "safe". Think smart. We are all naturally predisposed for survival (keeping safe). But we aren't always smart about doing so. ;-)

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