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My girlfriend took a Midlands tech motorcycle course in South Carolina. The course was listed as a beginner course.
Obviously classmates had previously ridden motorcycles. She fell over twice on low speed turns.
The instructor stated in a negative tone, "you need work." She aced the written test, best in class. Clearly the course is not for beginner riders. She has not found any other beginner training course in South Carolina.

Dale Wayne
Cayce, SC
Sunday, January 6, 2019
I took my motorcycle class today and got kicked out. I did well the first part of the day. I was uncomfortable with an exercise (had to turn the handlebars all the way to the right and make a turn) and told my instructor that I was. I had to do it anyway and ended up falling off my bike. At that point I felt so shaken, I could not get my mind back into focus I ended up losing control of my bike in a later exercise and was told to leave. All in all, the class moved way too fast for my skill level.

Lauren

Saturday, October 13, 2018
I failed the BRC fantastically this weekend and left in tears, feeling like an idiot and very disappointed in this first step of making a lifelong dream come true. We started with 12 in our class and there were 12 in the other class sharing the range. The second day our class only had 8 and I think of those 8, only 5 or 6 passed. We were in the full sun and heat both days with instructors who were more like drill sergeants than RiderCoaches.

The other class was laughing and having fun both days and all 12 students successfully completed the course. I don't do well in groups and let my nerves get the better of me, but I am also determined to practice and get my license in spite of this setback. I wanted to quit by the first half of the first day and I stuck it out until the end, so I hold my head up that I at least gave it everything and didn't quit. Now I just have to figure out how to practice without a permit or license. When I schedule my next course, I will pick a weekend when I can have different coaches, so maybe a different coaching style would make me more confident to do better.

Paula
Roswell, GA
Monday, September 3, 2018
Editor Response
Hi Paula,
Don't be too hard on yourself... you made it through the whole class! Some riders don't even get that far. The next time you take the class, you'll already have skills to build upon and will undoubtedly continue to get better with more practice. Many riders need more time to practice early skills before they are ready to move on to more advanced skills. I'm glad you recognize your accomplishments and are determined to continue the process.

I suggest calling the school and inquiring about the RiderCoaches who taught the other class. Explain what your experience was to the administrator and ask if you can be placed in a class with one or both of those other instructors. Doesn't hurt to ask, and it definitely helps to give feedback about your experience to the people in charge of hiring the RiderCoaches. You could also inquire about taking a private lesson with one of those other coaches.

Good luck. You can do it!
Tricia Szulewski, Associate Editor
I was taking the MSF course through Harley-Davidson today. After the first few exercises when we were supposed to be using the clutch and balancing, the instructor suggested I take a private lesson as I was swerving and could not find the right balance of speed. I felt pretty defeated especially since about two weeks ago I bought my Street 750 and still cannot ride it. So hopefully the private lesson will help me get back into the MSF course.

Astry
Orlando, FL
Saturday, August 18, 2018
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