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I would love to see this video if you could find it. I have unlimited respect to peeps who have time and patience to perfect there skills.

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post #32 of 32 (permalink) Old 04-08-2017, 02:40 AM
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I've got to get better at low speed u turns and figure 8s with the Boulevard. It's low center of gravity throws me off. I rode on Idaho for 7 years on the street and another 10 before that on first bikes so I passed Idaho's course on a 883 Sportster no problem. Move to Washington. They required everyone under 25 to take the MSF course so I lost my endorsement. I kept riding regardless. I get stopped one day randomly (pulled a wheelie at a light taking off) and didn't have an endorsement and Washington had just passed a new law no endorsement we impound the bike. Officer was pleasant and said of I go home now and I don't see you till you have an endorsement ill let this slide. But if I catch you out again on the bike before that time I'll toss you in jail. So I took the state course.

Show up get stuck on a 150cc Honda Shadow. Smallest bike I had ridden since my 90cc dirt bike. Figured it would be a cinch on this tiny thing. Boy was I wrong. I had picked up so many bad habits in 12 years of riding I just about failed. I could not do the figure 8 for the life of me on that bike. It was I'll handling it stumbled at low throttle and they refused to let me adjust the rear shocks. I was 200+ at that time and I was totally bottomed out. Then during the final test where we basically had to do a long sweeping corner to show head control (look to the end of the turn) the bike stumbled and he said I lifted on the throttle. I passed by one point.

So I pass the written have my license finally hop on my R100RT the following weekend to go back to the mall backlog where the test was and the figure 8 painted on the blacktop. I caught the next class at lunch and I see my instructor and I ask can I show you I know how to ride and last week was a fluke? He bet me $20 I could not manuver my bike thru the course. I won that $20. He was speechless. I was able to whip that bike in the 8 almost continuous. Did the rest basically all over again and got a 100%. He was blown away saying then why couldn't I pass it on a small bike. I had just gotten so used to bigger bikes and my first Street bike was an 883. I never rode my dirt bike on the street.

Just for laughs he gives me the chance to ride the same bike I had the week before and working one on one he found my issue with the smaller bike I needed to steer more, lean bike less and myself more. After about 15 minutes I was whipping that little Honda around pretty well.

Plus he did find the bike needed a new plug, and some one had adjusted the shocks to full soft so he apologized.

Moral here you can pick up bad habits learning on your own. Just don't be a hotshot on the MSF course unless you can back the claim. Lol. Plus no matter how skilled you are there is always room for more skills.

I'm.actually taking the advanced MSF course to get a break on insurance and to get a certificate saying I am an advanced rider. Just need to get more comfortable doing low speed again on the Boulevard. I just have to remember to swap my GMan floorboard pucks back to the stocks. I don't think they would like the light show.
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