I’m Legal!

This past weekend I completed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course at Ray Price Harley Davidson here in Raleigh. I can’t say enough about how useful this course is. I would say that I have 10-12 months of continuous riding experience and I learned a great deal about cornering, handling sudden stops and a lot of other things.

They gave us a 500cc Buell Blast motorcycle to practice on and let me tell you these bikes had seen better days. Luckily I didn’t drop my bike but I came *really* close several times..Especially doing the 2 U-turns in a 20ft long box.

One major perk here in NC for completing the basic course is the DMV riding skills test is waived as long as you’ve passed the MSF course. I already had my motorcycle permit so Monday I went into the DMV and got my motorcycle endorsement.

I highly recommend taking the MSF basic rider course no matter how long you’ve been riding. Chances are the longer you’ve been riding the more bad habits you’ve picked up. I will be taking the advanced rider course once I get back from my trip. Basically you go through all the MSF basic riding training but you do it on your own bike. All in all the course was very, very helpful to me and I gained more confidence in riding my own bike with the skills that I learned there.

Tent Setup

So this is a bit late but I finally got pics up of the dry run setup of the tent…First off let me say that this tent may have been a bad choice. It might work for an extended trip but the 1 or 2 night stays that I’m planning for October may make this tent too much of a hassle. I was planning to attempt the shakedown run for this past weekend..Guess what happened? Tropical Storm Hanna happened…I don’t know when I’ll be able to plan another one..This weekend coming up is our monthly outage window at work so I’ll be working late Friday/early Saturday…The weekend of the 20th – 21st I have my MSF riders’ edge course..Barring any more hurricanes/tropical storms or other madness I’ll be going Sep 27th – 28th..Hopefully :-/

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Shakedown Trip #1 Cancelled

Due to some unforseen and unpreventable issues my shakedown trip, scheduled for this past weekend had to be cancelled.  I’m bummed but not overly concerned since I have a few more weekends I can head out on before the big trip. Right now I’m looking at the weekend of Sep 6th-7th. I will probably take a day this week or next weekend to setup the tent in the back yard to get familiar with it.

Equipment Shakedown

So this weekend will be the first run with what I have on hand. So far that includes:

  • SissyBar Luggage
  • Tent (freaking *huge* tent)
  • Rain Gear (hopefully it gets here in time. I ordered it yesterday with 2nd day shipping, fingers crossed)

I still so very uncertain that this tent was the best purchase for a solo trip. I didn’t get a chance to set it up over the weekend since I was sick (read back one post to get the details). I’m hoping to find time this week to set it up a few times.

This tropical storm could prove interesting. If it comes in and gives us some rain this will be a really good test of equipment and rider. I’m a bit nervous since the place I’m going camping has nothing but *very* dusty gravel roads. I’ve only ridden on a few gravel roads and from what I remember it wasn’t fun. But taking it slow and at my own pace is what I’ll be doing..

More later…