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As many of you probably know, before riding on a military installation you have to complete a motorcycle safety course. I did mine yesterday and man, what an experience.
We spent the entire morning going through riding drills such as short stops, avoiding obstacles, turns at speed, figure 8 inside a 24 wide box and many others. I've been riding for a long time (although this is my first bike) and figured..."I got this". Well, little did I know...
Long story short, I learned a lot and at the end of the day left a better rider for it. I missed acing my riding exam by missing a cone by 4", but all in all, a very productive day and while I was a bit grumpy for being forced to go, I'm glad that I did.
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I took it when I got my XCT because it is so much bigger than anything I'd been on prior. I also got the Ride Like a Pro DVDs. Both were money well spent.
 

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Good job! Our classes were on their bikes. Suzuki 250's. My knees were above my ears.
The advanced courses we rode our own bikes, quite a bit different.

I recently took a course put on by our local police dept motorcycle units. I am "The CONE crusher". LOL

Safety courses = always a good thing
 

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Good on you for doing that well with such a large bike! The course really is worth the time and effort because it does teach you a lot.

Did you actually get through the figure 8 in the box without planting a foot or going outside the lines?
 

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Being in MN, we have at least four month stretches where we can't ride...and the month or so on each of those are hit and miss!!! Because of that, Crysti and I take a refresher Enhanced Rider Course every two to three years to brush up. Now I'm actually looking at being an MSF instructor. :)
 

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I rode for 20 odd years and several hundred thousand miles before I took my first BRC. We never heard of such back then. Anyway, I took it because of a friend and was amazed at all I didn't know.
Follow that up with an ARC in a few months and do that every couple of years. Just to keep off the dusty spots.

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Good on you for doing that well with such a large bike! The course really is worth the time and effort because it does teach you a lot.

Did you actually get through the figure 8 in the box without planting a foot or going outside the lines?

Yes, siree, Bob (patting myself on the back) :)
In the beginning, the box was 28 feet wide then they narrowed it to 24 (mistake in my original post said 20) and I had a pretty hard time with it. However, after talking to the instructor during lunch and getting some tips, I was then able to nail it time and again.
The two big tips he gave me...1. Look where you want to go, not where you are. Turn your head and the bike will follow. 2. Quit riding like you have a stick up your butt and shift your weight in the seat. Like magic, it worked and I then went through easily.
 

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Oh, and one of the best parts of the class is that nearly every other bike there was a HD, but they all ended up standing around my Vic saying what a nice bike it is. thumb up Made me very proud.
 

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Looking where you going may be the key and my instructors told me the same trick. Unfortunately my neck is partially fused (I lost about 75% of my range of motion) so I had to prove that peripherial vision does the same thing on the first day. After that they left me alone because I was still able to do everything with zero problems.

BTW Thank You for you Service! I hope you aren't an Ordie because if you are I may have to key you in on what IYAAYAS means if you're in the Navy.
 

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two of the guys I ride with down here are Military and Civilian instructors so I get to see/hear their showboat quite often when were in the parking lot waiting for the rest of the group.. hehehee My BRC was SOME time ago and I am due my ARC refresh before my tags expire (one of the benny's of retirement, COC aint hassling me.. lol)

But you are right, I have learned a lot of neat tricks from them as they toss their Goldwings around like some little sportster. They first time I seen will slide out the seat like he was on a crotch rocket I was heckling the crap out of him on the CB. Until I made the turn... Guess who decided to slip out the seat for a little hang time.. lmao... So, I am going to set my ARC up with one of them sooner than later if for nothing else than to just get a refresh. This TC is my biggest bike and I am a much better rider now on it after riding with these two instructors than I was. The DVD video series I have seen several folks recommend looks worth the money too. I picked up a couple tips watching the trailers on it. Need to adjust a exhaust pipe clamp bolt before I wear it off in my turns now.. lol... Thanks for the post Craig.

And AMMO, been hanging with those BB stackers for a few years, keep up your IYAOUAS and we may have to hunt you down.. lol.. Thanks for your service too you ole retiree! :D (23yrs USN Ret) :D
 

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Looking where you going may be the key and my instructors told me the same trick. Unfortunately my neck is partially fused (I lost about 75% of my range of motion) so I had to prove that peripherial vision does the same thing on the first day. After that they left me alone because I was still able to do everything with zero problems.

BTW Thank You for you Service! I hope you aren't an Ordie because if you are I may have to key you in on what IYAAYAS means if you're in the Navy.
Right back atcha brother, thanks for your service as well. I'll see your IYAAYAS and raise you to: "when face to face with the enemy, the difference between click and bang is LOGISTICS".

U.S. Navy Supply Corps
 

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Dang Zoomies can't even spell right



(Couldn't find a red picture that would work in the post)
Right back atcha brother, thanks for your service as well. I'll see your IYAAYAS and raise you to: "when face to face with the enemy, the difference between click and bang is LOGISTICS".

U.S. Navy Supply Corps
I'm a retired AT now working as a loggie for DoN.

For Aviation Supply it was always

You Can't Fly Without Supply thumb up
 

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I'm an Item Manager now for an AF/Navy JPO (CAD/PAD) and have been a Trans Auggie working Haz Insp/Load Team/Load Planner so I've hit 5 sides of Logistics. I may be more qualified than most true Loggies!

BTW the Navy version is If You @$$ Aches You're A Sailor! I'm assuming that means you deal with a lot of butt chewing if you're in the Navy...
 

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Dang Zoomies can't even spell right



(Couldn't find a red picture that would work in the post)

I'm a retired AT now working as a loggie for DoN.

For Aviation Supply it was always

You Can't Fly Without Supply thumb up
I did screw that up didn't I? Too funny.

I was an SKC turned LDO doing two carriers after my commissioning. Aviation Supply was my life and that was our motto.
 

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I'm an Item Manager now for an AF/Navy JPO (CAD/PAD) and have been a Trans Auggie working Haz Insp/Load Team/Load Planner so I've hit 5 sides of Logistics. I may be more qualified than most true Loggies!

BTW the Navy version is If You @$$ Aches You're A Sailor! I'm assuming that means you deal with a lot of butt chewing if you're in the Navy...
Well yeah, Sailors get a lot of butt chewing. They are usually working and screw up from time to time so they get an adjustment.
They are not like the AF dudes...hanging out at the gym, golf course and Latte bar!!! :ltr:

Just messin with ya man. It takes the entire team on all sides to get the job done right. Proud to have served with all my armed services brothers and sisters.
 

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It always all in jest! A latte bar would have been nice, we usually compensated by not washing coffee cups for years - mold is kinda like froth...
 

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It always all in jest! A latte bar would have been nice, we usually compensated by not washing coffee cups for years - mold is kinda like froth...
Concur!! If anyone touched our cups it was tantamount to outright war. Yum, frothy mold. It was a precursor todays latte...don't ya think? it Sure did make that first cup a thing of beauty each morning... got your heart started. Heh heh heh.

By the way, I'm not sure you guys had that great a job. Playing around with stuff that blows up!!! eeeeeooooooow. Mine was flying on one of those white tops all over ... see avatar. Blue Eagle - Cincpac Airborne Command Post. Hickam AFB, Hawaii. Yeah, I know it was rough, but someone had to do it. This thread has certainly been hijacked now!!! :) :) :)
 

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They are not like the AF dudes...hanging out at the gym, golf course and Latte bar!!! :ltr:
Which is why we don't let the Air Farce (dang misspelled it again :rolleyes: ) design our carriers. NAVAIR tried that a few years ago.

Thankfully they did this artist conception prior to welding on any metal.



Hijack??? Wait...what was it we were talking about again
 

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Which is why we don't let the Air Farce (dang misspelled it again :rolleyes: ) design our carriers. NAVAIR tried that a few years ago.

Thankfully they did this artist conception prior to welding on any metal.



Hijack??? Wait...what was it we were talking about again
What is that??? There is no rpt no water access. Geesh!!! You guys expect to walk the plank like the olden days? Yep!!! Hijacked. :)
 

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Which is why we don't let the Air Farce (dang misspelled it again :rolleyes: ) design our carriers. NAVAIR tried that a few years ago.

Thankfully they did this artist conception prior to welding on any metal.



Hijack??? Wait...what was it we were talking about again
I hadn't seen that one. Too funny. I was reconnaissance photo.
 
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