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Old February 9th, 2009, 10:21 AM   #1
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Has anyone took the class, or does everyone typically just take the test.

The class is cheap ($25) but it's 16 hours long, so I don't want to sit through 4 class days of common sense.

I am very limited road riding experience, but I do know the traffic laws.
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Old February 9th, 2009, 10:24 AM   #2
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take the corse. MOST INSurance companies give breaks for takeing it

Plus they will show you thing you THOUGHT you knew about motor cycle that most DO NOT like turning at speeds greater then 30 MPH as at that speed its backwards then slower speeds

plus you use there little 250 CC bikes and pass with flying colors as its way easier to handle
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Old February 9th, 2009, 10:30 AM   #3
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Well there was only one slot left in the time that I wanted, so I registered anyway. *lol*
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Old February 9th, 2009, 10:33 AM   #4
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Good, ya they fill up quick over here
You will be bored, but you should still learn a thing or two you never knew before, and if not your insurance company wont spank you as hard for being a first year lic holder. atleast they will use some lube now
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Old February 9th, 2009, 10:35 AM   #5
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Take the class! You'll be happy you did. I took it and even veteran riders were taking it with me, and they were learning stuff too. I'm most likely going to take the advance class this year.
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Take the class! You'll be happy you did. I took it and even veteran riders were taking it with me, and they were learning stuff too. I'm most likely going to take the advance class this year.

I though of doing the same thing I heard they get down and dirty on super hard cafe style raceing turns, My instructor said he took the class and even though they got him down that far on turns, he said it scared the crap out of him, and he would never do it on the street, and he has been ridding for 30 years and had a killer bike and rode every where
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Old February 9th, 2009, 11:18 AM   #7
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Ive been riding for over ten years and took the advanced class last year, it was very good for getting the rust out. Im probably going to take it again this year, well worth the money.
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x2 the class is well worth its money i still take them everyonce in a while to freshin up and use a 250 as said easiest bike to handle or a gs500 if you can get your hands on one. i took it with a r1 and passed with flying colors
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Has anyone took the class, or does everyone typically just take the test.

The class is cheap ($25) but it's 16 hours long, so I don't want to sit through 4 class days of common sense.

I am very limited road riding experience, but I do know the traffic laws.
Take it.

It is fun, if a bit inconvenient. You'll learn something new (even if you think you know everything) and you'll be able to skip the motorcycle drive test at the SOS if you pass the one at the end of the class (with instructors you know grading you on skills they taught you, i.e. easy)
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Old February 9th, 2009, 12:50 PM   #10
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I dont see the harm in taking the class. I never did, just because I have been racing dirt bikes forever and didnt see the need for the basic class. You can always learn something though. I got a perfect score on the sos road test on an 83 goldwing interstate. Personally i think you should be able to pass the test on the bike you are riding. Have fun and be safe.
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Old February 9th, 2009, 01:00 PM   #11
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I definitely recommend the class. I actually had fun at the class, learned quite a few things, and was able to get the insurance discount. Once you get the passing documents from the class, you just have to go take the Michigan written test (which is a joke) and you have your endorsement. You don't have to double up on tests or anything else.

For the money it's well worth it.
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Old February 9th, 2009, 01:18 PM   #12
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I went with 3 buddies and we had a pretty good time. X2 on being easy to pass with those little bikes.
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Old February 9th, 2009, 02:31 PM   #13
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I tried to get into the class late last year (walk in registration) and didn't get in. They said classes typically fill up early on, so if you got a spot, definitely keep it.

Like everyone said, if you know how to actually operate the bike, you'll be bored through most of the classroom instruction. However, there are a few pointers that even the best mentor might miss or forget to tell you.

Not to mention, you get to take the class on someone elses bike and if you drop it, you're out $25 for the class instead of whatever it costs to fix your own bike.

Last but not least, it's damn entertaining to watch the people show up who have had ZERO seat time on anything larger than a Huffy 10 speed. It's a fun people-watching exercise.

I'll be taking the advanced class this year to try and pick up some more skillz, and possibly taking some sort of private class at a track. We'll see. For what it's worth, State Farm does NOT give discounts for taking the MSF class vs just taking the SOS written and a standard road test.
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I did it so i didn't have to take the road test because i didn't have a bike at the time i wanted to get my endorsement and it would lower my insurance rate. We sat in a class for 4hrs and rode 250cc honda nighthawks for 12hrs or so...it was actually kind of fun and got to watch people hit curbs and bite it...overall i would say for someone who doesn't have much experience...it is a good class to take.

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I took the class last year at Paw Paw cycle and did the road course section in a WMU parking lot. It was a great class!! and the instructors were great. You know your getting in on a good course when one of the instructor's has there beautiful harley out there throwing sparks thru the tight corner turns at high speeds with full control and the other rides a different bike to class everyday no matter what the conditions. It was alot of fun and I would do it again. I'm thinking of taking the advanced class this year as well. The main instructor at Paw Paw cycle's name is Phil and he makes the class very entertaining to say the least.
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Not to mention, you get to take the class on someone elses bike and if you drop it, you're out $25 for the class instead of whatever it costs to fix your own bike.

Last but not least, it's damn entertaining to watch the people show up who have had ZERO seat time on anything larger than a Huffy 10 speed. It's a fun people-watching exercise.

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you don't even get pulled from the class for dumping it when I took mine there was a few people that NEVER EVER rode a bike, this one chick dumped the bike about 15 times once at 10 MPH for no reason she just leaned the bike and fell off, it was funny as hell after we knew she was all right, we all knew when she rode it was time to watch to see what she was going to do next...

the other thing I wanted to do, was to watch this black guy that bought a busa cus his friends all had one But never rode a day in his life... I told him he was going to die a few times , if he didn't buy some little bike and learn as he couldn't ride to save his ass at first either, by the end of the class he was just OK.... He still said he was going to the SOS and theyn going to ride it... I almost followed him and rode with him as I was gona race around with him and see if he messed up and crashed....lol
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I've taken the advanced class several times. $25...show your certificate of completion to your insurance company and you get $40 off your insurance rate. Some guys at the classes I attended said that they took the class annually. It is great practice.
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Old February 9th, 2009, 03:32 PM   #18
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Where the hell do you sign up for the $25 class!? Never heard of this option.
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i just took the test but one of my riding buddies is the teacher of the class over at schoolcraft so he ran me through the practice course a bunch of times......if it wern't for that i would have taken the class!!
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Where the hell do you sign up for the $25 class!? Never heard of this option.
MSF course through your local comm college...it's been $25 forever due to grant monies
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