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I did it sorta like Deviate... I took the course, then got my licence, then the bike. But I already had the bike picked out and a deal in place... I just didn't want to get it before my license because I had already "taught myself" to ride a few years back and was afraid I would be tempted yo ride with no legal authority. I want to take the advanced course soon.

Congrats on the license and ride safe!
 

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Well I just got back from the Riders Edge experienced rider course, coordinated by Harley Davidson. I thought it was very good. It pushed my skills in terms of cornering, braking and low speed maneuvers in general. I scraped pegs on both sides, skidded my rear tire (not a standard course requirement but the instructor gave me permission to try it) and I am much more confident about what I can do with my bike.

Two interesting notes: during a break I asked the instructor about the differences between the Riders Edge course and the MSF course, since he teaches both. Both courses have the same skill requirements but the Riders Edge course allots more time to teaching and practicing them. Second, there were five students (four men and a woman) plus the instructor on the course. The student bikes were a Wide Glide, Street Glide, Road Glide, Road King, & a VN750. The instructor demonstrated all the skills on his BMW 800 Touring bike.
 

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"Young Buck"
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Suppose I'm lucky then. Uncle Sam has it set up so the GIs on my post get the MSF basic, and advanced courses for free. Definitely looking forward to learning something at the advanced course. In Florida they charged around 200 but that was about 5 years ago.
 

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$100, WOW

I wish I only had to pay $100. here in NYC it is $340.00. i was looking to take it in PA were it is free. or in TN or SC, where i am from. it is about $150 there, but NYC and NYS dont accept out of state certificates. So $340 it was.
 

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Everything's more expensive in NYC........

Too bad you can't get your insurance company to pay for it....:(
your telling me! my bike was knocked over a few weeks ago by some lady doing a bad job at parking. the impact broke the battery and i couldnt get them to pay for that, either.
 

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Insurance premium is supposed to be a perk of taking MSF. My insurance gave me a whopping $1.00 off my premium! lol
 

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Insurance premium is supposed to be a perk of taking MSF. My insurance gave me a whopping $1.00 off my premium! lol
How long you been riding ?

In some states (like Missouri) if you're under 18 and want a motorcycle licence, you HAVE to take an MSF course.

If your an old fart like me, and been riding for years, the discount for taking the class is not that much....
Keep in mind insurance rates very vastly from state to state. And even county to county ...
 

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California found the regular MSF program that the state used did not greatly help reduce the number of motorcycle accidents, so they removed the existing MSF course and created a new motorcycle safety course lead by Lee Parks' Total Control. They also recently made it a requirement for anyone under 18 to go through the safety course to obtain their license, and only after a 6 month wait while using a permit.

I am hearing great things about anything Lee Parks/Total Control does.
 
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