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Going for my "M"

This past summer I decided that I wanted to get my Motorcycle Endorsement on my driver's license. The only problem is that I had no experience riding motorcycles. None at all. Which is kinda weird since my father has ridden bikes all his life. But like working on cars, I never inherited that trait I guess... until now (maybe).
This weekend I took my 1st step towards getting my endorsement, I took the Idaho STAR beginner class. The class is designed to teach you how to ride a motorcycle, and basic skills needed to operate your bike in traffic.
The class was awesome. It's 2 and a half days, with about 10 hours of time on a bike riding through exercises. You ride on their bikes, so you can take the class with almost no equipment of your own.
They had you take an evaluation at the end to rate the class and how well you benefited from it. I rated my pre-class experience level at a 2 (I have had some dirt bike and ATV experience, so I generally felt very comfortable riding on the bike right away), and I rated my post-class level at a 6. So I think I have a lot to learn, perfect, and expand upon, but I have made a huge leap (I even understand and feel comfortable Counter-steering).
I have to admit, I was a little worried about passing the class, some of the skills they evaluated you on are hard to do. But I did pass. Unfortunately, out of the class of 12 students we had one that did not pass. But to the classes credit, the student admitted to me that he was "not ready to ride in traffic" and that "they did him a favor". Which is an awesome thing. I wouldn't want a class to exist that incorrectly told people they were ready to participate in an unsafe activity.
My only problem now is I can't stop thinking about when I am going to actually buy a bike. I need both cash and wife approval, which both are in rare supply at the moment.
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Monday, August 14th 2006
Well, if you get the "M", at least you'll legally be able to commandeer a motorcycle from a passing motorist, and escape the Al Qaeda thugs that are trying to force a Microsoft installation upon you.
Monday, August 14th 2006
I think I will need more than the Motorcycle endorsement to legally commandeer a vehicle from a passing motorist...

But let's just throw all legality out the window and just think if I am ever lucky enough to be part of a heist! I will have more options to select for my escape vehicle.
Tuesday, August 15th 2006
Awesome. Congrats on passing your test. I crashed my friend's bike when I was 17. It was a wreck worthy of a movie. (A movie like Napoleon Dynamite, not Die Hard.) I haven't really ridden since. My brother has a new, screaming Suzuki GSXR 1000. He prolly won't let me ride it....

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