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To make your Motorcycle Safety course easier

by redb1ker

Read this before you sign up for a class. Re-read it before you go to your class.

This is, by no means, not meant to be comprehensive. Classes around the Denver metro area are usually taught over three days. Friday night for a few hours of classroom, and 8-5 on Saturday and Sunday. We explain what to expect of the weekend on Friday night. A whole lot is happening in the classroom on Friday so, I am writing this as an article you can look at before you go to class. You will be studying in the classroom and outdoors in a parking lot (we call the range). The bulk of your time is spent on the range.

Materials you will need:

For the classroom
Bring a writing implement and a highlighter. Classroom consists of answering questions from a workbook (as a group) and watching videos. The company that is running the class will provide you a MSF workbook. Make sure you bring your book Saturday and Sunday. The workbook is yours, You will only want it on Sunday to make notes of websites and phone numbers of sponsors and state law and insurance resources.

For the range
While you are on a motorcycle you will need to be covered head to toe. The companies here will usually provide a helmet. You may bring your own, It will give you a chance to see how it works for long periods of time and in the kind of weather in which you take your course. Some companies will not allow half helmets (they tend to come off in a crash). If you don't already own a helmet and the company will provide one, don't run out and buy one. There will be information passed to you during the class that will help you in the purchase of a new lid.

You will need some form of eye protection. Specs and sunglasses will work for the weekend. There is more information in the class room that will allow you to make a better purchase for real world riding. Face shields on helmets will do. On a full face helmet, remember that the shield will need to be down far enough to cover your eyes. Sometimes during very hot weather and due to the fact that the fastest that you ride the whole weekend is thirty miles per hour, having your shield down on a full faced helmet can be very hot and stuffy. You can ride with the shield open if you have eye protection inside the helmet (specs or sunglasses).

Long sleeves. Your brand new stiff leather jacket is cool looking. The cute tank top (or wife beater) under is also cool. When the mid day sun is baking away it all of the sudden isn't so cool. You don't get to take that cool weather jacket off and ride in your t-top. A long sleeve t-shirt or button up is better.

Gloves must be full finger (no mittens please). You can wear your favorite gardening gloves with the little lady bugs on the back. They don't have to be motorcycle specific but, that may make it easier.

Pants must be full length with no holes. And they must cover your whole leg (to your ankle) while you are sitting. Some courses will send you home if your pants are too short or have holes with no patches.

Over the ankle boots or shoes. The shoe must cover that knot on the side of your foot. They can be hiking boots or leather high top athletic shoes. To keep it easy, you will want to consider a shoe that has a low or no heel. Some of the cool motorcycle manufacture specific boots are great on a big motorcycle but, consider that we are riding 125-300 cc motorcycles here. The controls don't tend to be as spread out. I have seen attire cost someone a pass in a class. Not because o f the way it looks, because it gets in the way.

Bring water, sunscreen and snacks. You will want to make sure that you are well hydrated and don't get hungry. Even classes ridden in cool weather tend to produce sunburned students. I have even seen people who tend to tan get burned. Point is; take care of yourself.

I suggest taking the class early or late in the season. You can always put layers of clothing on but, in the heat you only get to take so much off.

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