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The John Norwich Riders Corner In honour of our fellow moderator: John Norwich R.I.P. September 17th, 2014
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:41 PM   #626
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Passed the MSA today, and did the first road ride. Never realized how fast 50 kms is until we hit the road.

Zilley, don't look at the cones, anchor, and relax your hands!
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Zilley you will see big improvement from the first day of the slalom to when you do your MSA.
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remember to breathe, I wouldn't do it and kept screwing up.

Breathe, Breathe, helps A LOT.

to add to this, breathe through your mouth, not your nose. it'll loosen your arms up.
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guys, the slalom is a piece of cake now compared to what Dat threw at us today.

doing sharp right/left turn with clutch and throttle control, I think I ran over every cone possible.

and then Dat made us do circle spins (with no throttle, just clutch released), putting all the weight on one side of the bike and just spin.

I m really glad I took this course now, now I know why.
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Good luck on your MSA zilley!

Took my gsxr out for a ride yesterday and today, what a difference it is compared to the honda CRF I was learning on!
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finished the course gais, had a blast at the downtown ride.

man, a ninja 250 seems pretty damn good to me already.

cant imagine what it feels like on a 600.

the course taught alot, not just how to ride a bike.

what it really taught was survival, even when I m not on a bike. I m now a more aware driver.
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Just had my first in-class today. Boy there was a lot of negative feedback on sportsbikes...
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Recon604 - one of the greatest things of the PRS class is that they take away the romantic notion of how fun and safe it is to own and ride a sportbike or really ANY motorbike... perhaps the greatest thing they do in that class is help you understand how massively dangerous riding a bike can be... once they establish that fact they then try and help you understand how you can make something that is inherently dangerous and unsafe less so...

The PRS definitely didn't make me NOT want to own a bike ... but it sure brought me down to earth with respect to what life could be like owning and riding one.

I loved the PRS class for that.
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I let the instructor know that I have a r6. My name would be constantly brought up on these stereotypes. Speed, racing, young, etc...

But I totally agree with you, it sure reminded myself how unsafe it is.
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cheap courses = gets you the skills you need to pass the MST / class 6
PRS resets your mind to respect bikes.

well worth the price i paid
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man, that was a great course. Dat is such an awesome instructor. If only the course was even longer.

there was a groupon thing for another riding school for $250, but i do not regret doing it with PRS for $800+ at all. it's given me a completely new perspective as a driver
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cheap courses = gets you the skills you need to pass the MST / class 6
PRS resets your mind to respect bikes.

well worth the price i paid
So you're saying 1stgear motorcycle school is cheap and only teaches you essentials while they are the sister company of Proride, which also is respected school in the Lower mainland.
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So you're saying 1stgear motorcycle school is cheap and only teaches you essentials while they are the sister company of Proride, which also is respected school in the Lower mainland.
yes, because we all took PRS so no body can tell us any other school is better. .
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I was told that the ProRide guys were all PRS students. I did the awesome PRS course myself, but ProRide definitely offered nicer bikes (Newer GS500s and etc.).
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I did not go to PRS. But will recommend PRS to anyone. As well as Open Road which is where I went.

Any school offering a discout this season I would question. Open Road had their best April ever and May is full already.

They also said PRS is having a good year too
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I know 1stGear is just opening so I do not see the issue in trying to reel in the public a little. I got to say though, that socialshopper deal got me in. Cathy is really going to enjoy it and my friend Leanne who is a instructor at Proride will be there teaching :P
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Here's my review from PRS.

So the first few days of theory was taught by Tonia. She was alright, she kept giving me a hard time when I told her I already had a r6. Got really irritated when she kept calling me out on it. I came here for a reason (that is I know riding is dangerous). Stereotype stuff in the theory portion was kinda of pointless to me. Did not teach me anything, I got pretty much categorized in the "Young and rich" stereotype in my class.

My lot training days was instructed by Chris. I got to say, he really impressed me. Class starting at 9AM, he was full of energy, prepared and enthusiastic. It really pumped me up and got me going. Learnt so much from him. Guy is pretty funny too, tons of jokes to get everyone interacting and cooperating.

After the first day of training, I actually took out my r6 out since we learnt how to use the clutch, shift gears, brake, turn, pretty much all the basics. So from my point of view, starting from a 600cc is not too bad, that is after going to a riding school. I got used to the clutch after an hour of riding on it and I never drove a manual.

Highly recommend PRS to anyone that wishes to start riding!

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Just wait when you start learning how to turn properly
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Just wait when you start learning how to turn properly
now you mentioned that... I dont recall learning countersteering...
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now you mentioned that... I dont recall learning countersteering...
It's okay When you're done come out and hang with us for more lesson.
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Here's my review from PRS.

So the first few days of theory was taught by Tonia. She was alright, she kept giving me a hard time when I told her I already had a r6. Got really irritated when she kept calling me out on it. I came here for a reason (that is I know riding is dangerous). Stereotype stuff in the theory portion was kinda of pointless to me. Did not teach me anything, I got pretty much categorized in the "Young and rich" stereotype in my class.

My lot training days was instructed by Chris. I got to say, he really impressed me. Class starting at 9AM, he was full of energy, prepared and enthusiastic. It really pumped me up and got me going. Learnt so much from him. Guy is pretty funny too, tons of jokes to get everyone interacting and cooperating.

After the first day of training, I actually took out my r6 out since we learnt how to use the clutch, shift gears, brake, turn, pretty much all the basics. So from my point of view, starting from a 600cc is not too bad, that is after going to a riding school. I got used to the clutch after an hour of riding on it and I never drove a manual.

Highly recommend PRS to anyone that wishes to start riding!
You seem like a nice guy but honestly though, you just fit a "certain" profile, that's all. Whether you live up to that profile or prove others wrong is really up to you. Also, beware that it might not be just that one instructor that may do that to you. It's possible that some seasoned riders, or others in the community may also have the same reservations with riders who fit the same "certain profiles".


As for practicing in the R6, just remember to be really really careful with them. Learning how to ride in an R6 is like learning how to drive in a Porsche. Good luck and hopefully you can rack up many many miles on that R6.

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When I was at PRS we had one of those kids that "fit the profile..."

The kid announced on the first day that he already had a litre-bike, that he had already crashed it in an intersection trying to keep up with his "friends" and that he also wasn't wearing proper gear. No matter what we learning in class that day the ONLY thing that he was interested in (and he asked a million times) was how to a) power shift b) wheelie and c) race.... he never showed up for the final road ride. I suppose at that point he was already competing in MotoGP.
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You seem like a nice guy but honestly though, you just fit a "certain" profile, that's all. Whether you live up to that profile or prove others wrong is really up to you. Also, beware that it might not be just that one instructor that may do that to you. It's possible that some seasoned riders, or others in the community may also have the same reservations with riders who fit the same "certain profiles".


As for practicing in the R6, just remember to be really really careful with them. Learning how to ride in an R6 is like learning how to drive in a Porsche. Good luck and hopefully you can rack up many many miles on that R6.
Hah. I fit that profile too. I'd already picked up my YZF600R before I started at PRS and I kept asking questions like how are you supposed to heel-toe on a bike, where do you apex to put maximum power down out of the corner etc.

They definitely gave me a harder time because of it. It's just the majority of people who start on 600s are huge jackasses, and it's easy for the community to lump you in with that stereotype. I asked a lot of questions about chest / back protectors and CE ratings too, but it didn't matter, I'm already "that guy".

It's like when people see your modified car and just assume you're a street racer. It's just how it is.
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Here is another 'profile' for you.

You pull up on your 250 and start talking to experienced riders that have worked hard on their riding skills. Talking to you they find out this is your 2nd or 3rd season riding and you are still on a 250.

Do you know what those experienced/trained riders are thinking......

That they have a new riding buddy that they can pass their knowledge on to.
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