MSF Insufficiency + Reading material question
I am super close to pulling the trigger and getting a duke 390, and would be my 1st bike - which is what brought me to this Forum.
New rider, zero previous experience- 38y/o SF Bay Area, California
I took the MSF course - it's good for pointing out defensive state of mind -' it's always your fault'
However, IMHO - the riding skills they teach are laughable. Really, a day in a parking lot maybe 30 yard stretch, never above 2nd gear - and now you are a motorcycle rider? The course left me knowing I didn't know s*** about how to handle a bike (esp at speed), I was more frightened after the course than before.
The CA MSF course was rushed to keep up with time restraints, they teach throttle vs clutch control? They didn't teach guarding your brake, don't even get me started on countersteering - we can't teach you that - but good luck on the road.
I'm cautious by nature, but I also live an a rural section of the Bay Area where I've been stuck in hours of traffic after more than 2 motorcycle fatalities in the last 6 months, and as a medical professional I deal with many patients after injuries.... or Maybe I'm an overly cautious dumb fat old guy.
After the MSF I paid for private lessons from an excellently reviewed instructor in San Francisco - spent the weekend honing low speed maneuvers, and actual street riding with the instructor both as rider and passenger - awesome experience. Hill stops/starts, counter steering, traffic, freeway, everything. It got me comfortable enough that I feel I can safely operate a bike with a foundation to build on where I can focus more active defense and less likely to mishap due to physical unfamiliarity with riding dynamics.
All I can say is that I have learned there is far more to learn than it might appear, and there will continually be more to learn and techniques to hone.
Question: I'm looking at grabbing a copy of 'Flick of the Wrist' - any recommendations re Vol 1 or 2, or both, and or the Soft Science workbook - or similar reading?