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I think the editor should just stop commenting. So many women have been so disappointed with the course that it should just be discontinued. That's where the editor could best place his/her efforts. I'm never taking it.

Celeste De Bease
Bala Cynwyd, PA
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Editor Response
Celeste,
In your state of Pennsylvania, your safe rider curriculum follows Lee Parks' Total Control Beginning Rider Clinic. So, no worries, you don't have to take this course! And although it looks like there are a lot of negative comments about this Harley-Davidson Academy curriculum, there are a lot more success stories that go untold than the negative experiences in our comments section.

Sorry if my comments were off-putting to you. My passion is training riders to be safe, and I only mean them to be encouraging to those who have been discouraged by others.
Tricia Szulewski, Editor
I am 62 years old and have very little motorcycle experience but have had my heart set to buy a Freewheeler for a few years now. Financially, I am waiting until I stop working. I have been on a test ride and several trips to different dealers to learn as much as I can. I wish I could take a course on a 3-wheeler before I spend almost $30,000. I understand that they are expensive machines, but I would feel much more sure about the investment if I could spend a few hours on one handling the turns and gears before the purchase. Any suggestions?

Motorcycle MaMa
Springfield, TN
Monday, May 18, 2020
Editor Response
Hi Motorcycle MaMa,
As a matter of fact, Can-Am is currently offering a special deal for women's mentorship program who sign up to take a 3-wheeler course. Check out its web site here for more info.
Szulewski Tricia
I am horrified to read those negative comments! I am waiting for the winter weather to clear up here and then I will take a safety class, probably at a Harley-Davidson dealer nearby. About those negative reviews: if an instructor can't deal with absolute beginners in a beginner class, then he/she should not be an instructor. As a true beginner, I pay my money and expect to learn to ride. I'm not at the same level as others who have ridden before, but I surely expect the INSTRUCTOR to "do his or her friggin' job," to quote Bill Belichick. They can drop the attitude because I will call them on it, right on the spot. Now I see what I might be up against in a beginner safety class. But also, that scenario may never happen. As when riding on the road or going anywhere, confidence and a little attitude, when needed, can help you deal with bad situations.

Leslie Mahn
Acton, MA
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Editor Response
Hi Leslie,
As a MSF RiderCoach and site manager, I can attest to the fact that a great many of us are actually there for you, the beginner. There are sour apples out there for sure, but I hope you approach the class with enthusiasm and excitement, and I pray you have a couple of RiderCoaches who work well with you. It doesn't hurt to ask around either... ask the folks working at the dealership for recommendations, ask how long each instructor assigned to that class has been teaching, and ask for a former female student recommendation. If you aren't happy with the answers, you can look into your state's MSF program for alternatives. For example, Massachusetts' Rider Education Program (MREP) currently has 13 MREP approved training schools at 26 locations throughout the state. Ask the same questions when you go to sign up. And if you can't get the answers, ask for the site manager's contact information. I know as a manager myself, I could easily answer these questions about my coaches, and this would lead you toward success.
Best of luck!
Tricia Szulewski, Associate Editor
I am so disappointed in this course. I was looking forward to it and can't stress enough that this is not a course for people that have never ridden a motorcycle before. Additionally, if like me you are of the shorter heavier persuasion those bikes are not easy to handle. The timing of this course is very fast and very disproportionate.
1. This course is not for new riders that have never been on a bike.
2. The instructors spent 30 minutes going over how to get on the bike and turn it on and the same amount of time was allotted to learn how to get our balance and maneuver.
3. I also felt that I was meant to feel stupid and singled out for not "getting it" or being confident to speed along and ride the clutch.
4. The instructors scared the crap out of me every time I made a mistake and kept harassing me about how I was holding everyone up, and it was hot. Then they said it was not safe for me to continue the course after only three hours of me trying to ride.
5. Finally, to add insult to injury, the dealership is refusing to refund me the $350 that I paid for the course.

Terry Veriozka
Aurora, IL
Monday, July 2, 2018
Editor Response
I'm sorry you had such a bad experience, Terry. As a RiderCoach and a site manager myself, I read comments like yours very carefully and take them seriously. These courses are not guaranteed to work for everyone, but in fact are designed for brand new riders with little or no experience. However, many students take it several times before having enough confidence and skill to get through them successfully. Some new riders do much better in a private or semi-private lesson. I would suggest to you that you inquire with another program and give it another try.

A google search for Illinois motorcycle safety programs will bring you to many options besides taking the course at a Harley dealership which will put you on different motorcycles. And some of these classes are free!

Hang in there. There are good coaches and bad coaches. I'm sure you'll find some great ones if you keep looking. Good luck!
Tricia Szulewski, Associate Editor
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