Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
What will I learn in the MSF course?
Here's the story. I got my license and rode a Honda 400 for one summer in 1979. My brother taught me the basics and I passed the test. I don't know if MSF courses existed back then. 34 years later (this year) I did a bunch of research early Spring and bought a 2007 Yamaha 250. I actually signed up for the MFS course but had to back out due to conflicts. I put about 1500 miles on the 250 riding mostly on county roads, not much in town. My 20 year old son took the MSF course in May and I read the book he brought home. In June I bought 2010 V900 classic and I've put about 3000 miles on it.
Now, I'm reading this forum and realizing there are probably a lot of techniques my brother did not teach me (or know himself) the they may teach in the MSF course. I also see there are advanced courses which I would like to take but I probably need to take the first course first, yes? But this is all guesswork. So my question is as in the title, what will I learn in the MSF course that I haven't learned reading the book and riding 4500 miles this year?
I guess I should mention what I "think" I know now. I fully understand the bike operations, not to brake hard on the rear, how to counter steer, how to slow before a curve and accelerate through it, how down shift when slowing, how watch for loose material (gravel, sand, leaves, etc), how to drive defensively all the time, and I wear full gear all the time. I keep it in gear and watch around and behind at a stop. But, I keep catching wind of discussions about practicing hard stops, u turns, avoidance techniques?, etc. Does the MFS course really cover significantly more than what I would have learned on the road, from reading the manual, and from reading these forums? The course is $200 here and I'd spend that if it's worth it but I don't want spend it and be bored silly for 90% of the course.