Friday, August 29, 2008

First-person account of the MSF course

Patrick Beeson lives in Tennessee. He took an MSF Basic Rider Course and thereby earned his Tennessee motorcycle license. Here's his blog post about his experience taking the course:

MSF Basic Rider Course teaches safety, skills
The MSF Basic Rider Course is definitely immersion based. And I think this is a good thing because you can talk about how to ride as much as you want, but it's very different when you are sitting on the bike.
I took this course myself in 2003, in Florida, and I always recommend it to new riders. It trains you in really valuable skill areas that could save your life.

I'm always amazed when people treat getting a new scooter like they are simply getting a bicycle and can hop on and ride. Even a 50cc scooter goes faster than a bicycle. And you're in the middle of traffic on a scooter -- not clinging to the shoulder on the side. People in cars tend not to see you. You need to be hyper-alert when you are on two wheels.

The MSF course gives you a good introduction to riding defensively, to protect yourself.

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Blogger Patrick Beeson said...

Thanks for the link Mindy!

And yes, riding a motorcycle (or scooter) is definitely a different animal than a bicycle.

I've been riding mountain and road bikes for more than 10 years now, and though the skills translate, the rules change. Now you're in traffic, part of the flow, with all of the crap that comes with it. :)

August 29, 2008 1:50 PM  
Blogger Mindy McAdams said...

I was very impressed that someone with your bicycle experience took the MSF course before you bought a motorcycle, Patrick. Smart!!

August 30, 2008 10:31 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I definitely endorse the endorsement :). The MSF course is a smart move.

September 01, 2008 12:38 PM  

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