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Old 04-11-2021, 06:02 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Just finished my CMSP beginner class! And am about to get my license!

Hope this is okay to share this here! If not please let me know and Iíll adjust according to the rule.

I just wanted to share that I just finished my CMSP beginner class with Pacific Motorcycle Training in Livermore and it was awesome!!!! Besides, I got the final requirement for my motorcycle rider license. Look forward to going to the DMV this week, and since I already took the written test, itís now all administrivia and nothing else!!!

The reason I wanted to share... well thereís a few, so hereís a list:
  • First off, that class was unbelievably useful. I rode a lot of motorcycles back in France (my last ride dating back to about five years ago), and so aside from a few California specials, I thought I had it all figured out and that - was the DMV test slightly less awkward - I wouldnít even have thought about taking this class. Gosh how wrong was I. I got to relearn (and sometimes learn for the first time) many techniques that for sure will make me a better driver. It was humbling more than once, and I am super grateful for it
  • The instructors at PMT were awesome. We did two 4-hour zoom classes and you could already tell the instructor Crew is on top of things. Then during the two half day practice sessions, we got some awesome personalized coaching, and the instructors were super fun.
  • Finally, it was terrific to meet up with a few other petrol heads, who were either coming back to the fun or experiencing it for the first time. A ton of great people, and it further encouraged me to get my bike soon!!

This weekend was super energizing, and I am so happy I did the course. Frankly, I may look into the more advanced ones once I get my bike in a few weeks time. I canít wait to ride more!
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Old 04-11-2021, 06:07 PM   #2
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That is wonderful to hear. The best motorcycle training is the one that keeps your attention, and making it fun is a great way to do that.
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Old 04-11-2021, 06:35 PM   #3
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Good for you. Good to hear the training felt useful.

Great times on 2 wheels ahead.
Hope it lasts for a lifetime as it has for me.

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Old 04-11-2021, 06:39 PM   #4
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Thanks guys!!! Really appreciate it.
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Old 04-11-2021, 07:57 PM   #5
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Congratulations. I hope you never lose that enthusiasm and that love of the sport. Moto is such a great place to be.
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Old 04-11-2021, 08:10 PM   #6
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I would like to suggest a goal for maybe next year , once you have your bike chosen and lots of seat time with a mentor.
At that point, here is the best way to advance your skills and broaden your world:

Attend ZoomZooms RoadRider 2.0 class which is held in conjunction with a track day with Zoom zoom. ( zoomzoomtrackdays).
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Not only do you get an awesome day of riding that is very similar to the class you just took but with more advanced concepts and challenges , but you also get to see what a real track day is like without the pressure and nerves involved and you even get to take a few guided laps around world famous race tracks at lunch time.
I would try to get a 2.0 road rider course booked in spring .

From there the roads are your oyster and the track might start calling you !
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:00 PM   #7
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A very good point.

I was just thinking to advise this is just the beginning. So many more skills to gather to be a veteran motorcyclist.

The track is probably the number one place to go to gather the physical skills. Riding a dirt bike in ways .... even more so, but to be considered.

The mental side. That is not easy. Seeing the bad shit in situations before they happen ... being in the right spot to avoid the bad shit all comes with experience and miles. 90% of becoming a good rider is because of that. I believe that 10% can be had by actually reading (1Rider) if you take the time to think it through.

Use your brain and you will be a better rider. I know that is 100% true.
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Old 04-12-2021, 08:17 AM   #8
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Awesome job. I second what Horsepower and Budman said.
Enjoy !!

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Old 04-12-2021, 11:13 AM   #9
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Happy to hear you enjoyed the class. I might have been one of your zoom instructors.
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Old 04-12-2021, 06:07 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the terrific advice!! I will look into the track day tip :-).
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Old 04-13-2021, 05:30 AM   #11
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Another suggestion after you've been riding for a few months is to read books about safe riding.

The three I most strongly suggest:
  • Proficient Motorcycling by David L. Hough
    Covers many dangers you may encounter while out riding to help you recognize and avoid them.
  • Total Control by Lee Parks
    Covers riding skills to help you better control the motorcycle. I would read one chapter then go out riding and concentrate on the skill covered in the chapter.
  • More Proficient Motorcycling by David L. Hough
    More useful information not covered in his first book.
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Old 04-13-2021, 05:33 PM   #12
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