motorcycle safety course

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Anyone ever take the motorcycle safety course after having been an experienced rider for a while? Was it worth it? Did you learn anything?

I've had my motorcycle license for 17 years, been riding for almost 30, but I've never taken a class. A friend of mine is a new rider and wants me to take the course with him. Wondering if it might be worth the $200.
 

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I'll second Mr. Fennellg's recommendation. I know several guys that have had their license for years, but with big gaps of time between riding. If you've never taken the course, you might have some bad habits that you don't know about; likely associated with braking. When I was in the Navy, I had to take the course every time I went to a new base. It IS expensive now, but it should be fun since you'll be taking it with a buddy. Before Texas made the course mandatory for licensing, it was much cheaper. But, any training is good training.
 
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I took the basic course when my kid needed it. No bike in my garage, had not ridden for 30 years. I just thought it would be a fun weekend. I honestly had no thoughts to riding again. But the bug bit- hard. Three bikes later, now that I don't work, I ride almost every day, in season. My kid? Can not keep his old Honda running, it sits in my car port in pieces.
 
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I agree with you guys. I took the SMART course over 15 years ago after already been on the street for 20 plus years. It was an amazing experience. Looking where you want to go and breaking change my ridding style. I keep saying that I need to do this again. I'll try to look for one this spring.
 

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I have taken the experienced rider course three or four different times but it didn’t cost anywhere near $200 , don’t remember price exactly but seems like it was more like $30. In my opinion the course is very much worth taking. Wish they would have offered a course like that when I first started riding.
Got my motorcycle license way back in the early 70’s when motorcycle license first became a requirement in Wisconsin , back then all I had to do was take a written test and after passing that had to ride to the courthouse to ride between a few cones and do a u turn in the parking lot while a police officer watched.
 

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….but it didn’t cost anywhere near $200 , don’t remember price exactly but seems like it was more like $30. In my opinion the course is very much worth taking....
It wasn't that much HERE either....until it became mandatory. After I retired (the 1st time) I was going through the process to become a MSF instructor....until I learned that I would have to work weekends....that was the end of that. :cool:
 
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Thanks for all the positive replies everyone. I got my answer. I'll definitely be taking the beginner course. And hopefully the intermediate and advanced courses later down the line.
 

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"If loud pipes save lives, imagine what learning to ride that thing could do" JP Cycles (bumper sticker on my trailer).

I can mimic all the comments as I agree whole heartedly, but the only thought I will share is that I have attended many courses over the years, and they all came into play one night. Riding from home in Florida to a 36 hour Rally in Texas I came head to head with a large fawn running straight at me in the dark of night 10 miles from home. Surrounding traffic made her invisible until ~50feet out. Only action I recall was my right hand pushing the grip forward to 'counter-steer' the front wheel. At 60+mph the deer hit the right lower fairing and canyon cage instead of my front wheel head-on. ALL that training paid off in the moment... and a fresh diaper change followed.

I have a refresh Advance Course planning later this winter. Safe travels.
 
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"If loud pipes save lives, imagine what learning to ride that thing could do" JP Cycles (bumper sticker on my trailer).

I can mimic all the comments as I agree whole heartedly, but the only thought I will share is that I have attended many courses over the years, and they all came into play one night. Riding from home in Florida to a 36 hour Rally in Texas I came head to head with a large fawn running straight at me in the dark of night 10 miles from home. Surrounding traffic made her invisible until ~50feet out. Only action I recall was my right hand pushing the grip forward to 'counter-steer' the front wheel. At 60+mph the deer hit the right lower fairing and canyon cage instead of my front wheel head-on. ALL that training paid off in the moment... and a fresh diaper change followed.

I have a refresh Advance Course planning later this winter. Safe travels.

Similar experience for me. During the rut this fall I missed a Doe by inches. Automatic reactions drilled during the advanced riders course were the difference. It was better that I dropped my bike in the course at 2 MPH instead of scoring venison at 50 MPH. Worth the Money, Time and scraped crash bar
 
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