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September 6, 2008

Riding the Motorcycle Range

A friend (Jeff) and I spent 5 hours in the classroom and 10 hours on the "riding" range this weekend, re-freshing all of our semi-forgotten motorcycle skills. Was a lot of fun. I got to sport a borrowed "CHiPs" helmet out on the range.

Day 1 I rode a cruiser (pictured) but day 2 I switched up to a dirt bike which felt a little better for a taller person like myself. The dirt bike was a lot of fun to ride, quite a bit lighter and easier to handle. Jeff rode a Red Honda Nighthawk, and looked quite stylish himself in his "ChiPs" helmet.

The instruction was provided by Bob and Tara, from Streetwise Cycle School. We really liked the pace of the class, and Bob and Tara were good at handling a range of riding skills and providing continual feedback. The exercises got increasingly difficult over the weekend. Something as basic as stopping the motorcycle requires learning and practicing good technique (apply both brakes evenly and gradually while pulling in on the clutch and shifting down to 1st, handling wheel lockups correctly).

In the end we were evaluated on a handful of different things, with a point system to determine if we'd grasped enough of the skills to be allowed to ride beyond the controlled riding range. Everyone in the class passed. A new M-adorned license will be arriving in the mail in the next week or two.

I highly recommend the Streetwise folks if you're looking for a riding class in the greater Boston area, or in Massachusetts.

Posted by mike at September 6, 2008 10:51 PM