Now that I've been lurking on the forums for a couple of weeks I realize I should have probably done this a bit ago. My name is Eric, I'm 35, in the USAF, I got two wheels under me on an 87 honda magna, and it died as my son was born. Since then I've been lusting after one bike or another, but not in a position to buy anything. I finally settled on a RE a couple of years ago, and two weeks ago I broke down and bought a showroom 11' Bullet Military. I was looking at the Classic in red but my better half decided that the OD green looked better on me. Uncle sam says I have to have a motorcycle safety course before I can ride, which I did years ago but since I can't find my card, I have to wait for a few months till I can take the course again (Darn the MSF and their non record keeping habits). Until then I'm working on saddlebags, fork bags, and a few other odds and ends for the bike. I'll try and upload photo's of projects once they are complete.
I took it once in the past, but have since lost my card, and the MSF doesn't keep records. If you ask me it's a scam to get the government to fork over another $200 to send me through the class.
Wait a minute... my MSF class cost $300!
Welcome! And congrats on the new bike. Don't be too hard on Uncle Sam. That class is great, especially if it's been a while since you've been riding.Scott
Well if I recall the rules is you can't ride on base without your cert and large orange vest, but once off base your license is all you need. Got a buddy off base with a garage?
, if you die your family doesn't get the insurance money.
SGLI is a VA benefit. It will still pay out although I really don't recommend that route. Might scuff the bike. http://www.insurance.va.gov/sglisite/SGLI/mythsRumors.htm
Amazing the things you can pick up on a motorcycle chat thread! The MSF is a pretty awesome course. I'm actually taking my experienced refresher next week. We're now supposed to renew every three years. Is the AF doing the same thing?]https://safety.army.mil/MMP/At least it's free on post for Military!
I tried to access that link - my Firefox browser gave me a warning instead, paraphrased as:"THIS CONNECTION IS UNTRUSTED - safety.army.mil uses an invalid security certificate."Now that's funny...
I also understand that somehow they've managed to set up over 2700 sites, which translates to 27,000 motorcycles for training. They charge $200-300 a person for a two day course of training.
Basic Rider CourseThis 15.5-hour course is designed for the beginning motorcycle operator with emphasis on the special skills and mental attitude necessary for navigating safely in traffic. Classroom instruction is followed by practical exercises, which are usually divided into two sessions on Saturday and Sunday in a controlled, off-street environment.Motorcycles used in Basic Rider Course may not exceed 550cc.Training Cost: $25Motorcycle Reservation Fee: $75 (if not using personally owned motorcycle)
Am i missing something?
I know its beating a dying horse, but... the cost of 200-300 for the course just doesnt ring correct. My state, Illinois, is done through mostly education orgs. Cost about 25. A quick google search for Louisiana, i found this: http://www.lsp.org/motorcycle.html.
I don't know. The course I took ran two days, and included classroom time and riding time - on a specially painted closed course, and on bikes that they provided. At the end, if you passed both the written and practical riding portion, you walk into the Maine DMV and walk out with your motorcycle license.Is this what is offered by the Illinois $25 class?
............ I was reading the AF regulation that governs the Motorcycle program, and found out that if I had a sidecar I wouldn't require the MSF for some reason...............
Lucky you! Here in Maine it's private enterprise, no state (or other) subsidy...
...she asked how I got there. I told her I drove and she responded with "We want to go to lunch early and since you obviously got here in one piece we are going to waive the driving portion."
he asked how I got there. I told her I drove and she responded with "We want to go to lunch early and since you obviously got here in one piece we are going to waive the driving portion."
Now that's funny! Having been riding and racing for twenty years before I had to get a license, I kinda thought driving through a keyhole shaped slalom course was a bit ridiculous. I'm don't think I was ever I was situation to have to maneuver through something like that. For what it's worth I got my CA license on a Yamaha SR500. Woud've felt better on a Bultaco Sherpa T! This was long before MSF courses.Bare
Yeah, but they're are still fun to pick on! But ya know, it's not them, it's the bike!Bare