Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Milton, Ontario, Canada
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As stated before I teach Canadian equivalent to MSF course. So I get to see lots of people dropping bikes (means paperwork for me). And in most cases its either person panics, gets over confident, or dose not see the situation right. Panics are cured by experience and learning what to do and what not to do. IE in a turn pulling front break is a great one I get to see. Over confident is just pushing a little more then they should and again something happens the are not expecting, say a back tire skid when getting cocky with rear break.
The last to me is the biggest part for new riders, not seeing the danger. When I hear the "you will drop your first bike" to me its going to be slow speed or a stopped then dropped scenario. Great example when I almost dropped my first bike was in a marking lot. Started to make the right turn when a car turning left from land I am turning into cuts the corner. Was ding next to 0 kph, but tap the breaks to get me to 0. But oops bike is in a little lean. Caught the bike 6" from the ground. I am a big guy so managed to mussel the hyosung gt650 back up. So now I am aware of these kinds of scenarios, I look for dips in pavement, that little bit of sand, the leaves, things that at slow speed or stopped your tire can slip on or foot can slip on or go into.
Basically its a warning that you don't know what you are doing, this weekend course you just completed gives you a working knowledge. But you need to practice and prefect the skills.