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post #1 of 14 Old 06-26-2008, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up A timely read for us all !

Just saw this on Roadracingworld.com and though - how true ! Wiht the high fuel p[rices alot of folks who havent ridden in a while will be diggin thier old ride out and hitting the street. This article points out that we as riders who havent given in to the pulls and strains of life and continued to ride can help keep the newbie old riders safe - This is a great article and has some great points in it for all of us -

http://www.roadracingworld.com/news/...?article=33028

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-26-2008, 12:56 PM
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I like that, thanks for posting!

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post #3 of 14 Old 06-26-2008, 01:08 PM
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Good post - I'm wary of the fairweather riders thus far, but I haven't read of any accidents in the paper involving a motorcyclist, so hopefully they'll work out okay and learn to give the 'wave' (assuming they have learned proper control, that is).

I also like the idea of a recently restored retro machine being pawned off come monsoon season here. Excellent....

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post #4 of 14 Old 06-26-2008, 01:25 PM
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post #5 of 14 Old 06-26-2008, 01:36 PM
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It is a good responsible thing to take the rusty riders under your wing. It's good for everybody in the long term. And a few simple words of instruction or a seemingly innocuous anecdote may in fact save a life.

Think about it that way. And then hook up with your buddy that's dusting off his old bike.......

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post #6 of 14 Old 06-26-2008, 06:23 PM
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I have a local friend who is a well respected Honda mechanic. He has race teams ship him stuff from all over the USA, but to make a living he also does work locally. He has been absolutely covered up with local stuff that is vintage coming out of the woodwork. People are dusting off barn bikes and getting them running again. I like it. He's got a CB360 that he's working on right now that when freshened up will be a really nice bike.

The sad part is moto accidents are up around here. That's to be expected with more motorcycles, but some of those have been contributed to new/re-entry riders.

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post #7 of 14 Old 06-26-2008, 07:20 PM
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my girlfriends dad crashed two days ago... hadn't been on a bike in 25 years... even after much trying to convince him to take a MSF refresher, he refused saying he knew how to ride... went from a KZ750 to a Vulcan 1600 nomad.... lost it in an easy corner (highsided a 800lb bike)... he was throwing his hips instead of counter-steering... broke his hand, his arm and a concussion... all could have been prevented...

I think dealerships should get together with rider training courses and offer steeply discounted course with the purchase of a new bike.

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I think dealerships should get together with rider training courses and offer steeply discounted course with the purchase of a new bike.

^^ The good ones do ! Or at least stongly encourge newbies/returning riders to take it .

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post #9 of 14 Old 06-27-2008, 11:59 AM
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I guess I've never seen a subsidized course advertised to date in any dealership.. they all recommend it to new/returning riders, but I've never seen a buy a bike, get a free training class banner up in either QC, ON or AB.

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post #10 of 14 Old 06-27-2008, 12:17 PM
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I didn't really think about it until reading this thread but I have certainly seen some ratty looking bikes on the road the last several weeks. And not just one or two, but a bunch of them.
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my girlfriends dad crashed two days ago... hadn't been on a bike in 25 years... even after much trying to convince him to take a MSF refresher, he refused saying he knew how to ride... went from a KZ750 to a Vulcan 1600 nomad.... lost it in an easy corner (highsided a 800lb bike)... he was throwing his hips instead of counter-steering... broke his hand, his arm and a concussion... all could have been prevented...

I think dealerships should get together with rider training courses and offer steeply discounted course with the purchase of a new bike.
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^^ The good ones do ! Or at least stongly encourge newbies/returning riders to take it .
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I guess I've never seen a subsidized course advertised to date in any dealership.. they all recommend it to new/returning riders, but I've never seen a buy a bike, get a free training class banner up in either QC, ON or AB.
We actually just started an MSF class (or Georgia's version of it at least) at our shop, spent $100k on the practice pad and classroom. The state actually handles all the registration fees and such, took it out of our hands. Unfortunately, it's $250/person, and with the dwindling margins on bikes, it gets pretty tight to try and throw something like that in. I would imagine that's why it isn't done. Plus, with it getting to be state-regulated training mostly around the US and the classes filling up fast, dealerships can't take up the slots available to hold for a customer.

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post #12 of 14 Old 06-27-2008, 12:52 PM
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We actually just started an MSF class (or Georgia's version of it at least) at our shop, spent $100k on the practice pad and classroom. The state actually handles all the registration fees and such, took it out of our hands. Unfortunately, it's $250/person, and with the dwindling margins on bikes, it gets pretty tight to try and throw something like that in. I would imagine that's why it isn't done. Plus, with it getting to be state-regulated training mostly around the US and the classes filling up fast, dealerships can't take up the slots available to hold for a customer.
As a retailer myself (apparrel and consumer goods) what a dealer needs to look at, is their store as a brand the customer interacts with. True they may be getting squeezed on the actual OTD bike's margin but by subsidizing a course they create and extended value to the customer. The customer "feels" as if the store is really looking out for them and by keeping them happy and in turn safe they will be more likely to come back for secondary purchases that have a MUCH higher margin then the bike itself.
Afterall, you can't sell a new set of grips to an injured/dead rider.

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post #14 of 14 Old 07-01-2008, 10:05 AM
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Ukes Harley does it for a limited time every year. Buy a bike, get the class. I'm trying to figure out how to do an indoor msf for winter months and make it profitable.

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