Has anyone else taken this course? I was going to sign up for the Ohio BMV Motorcycle Safety Course but they are booked through the summer.
The HD class is $300 but I figured what the heck. It's 12 hours classroom and 16 hours riding. The class starts Next thursday evening and I am pretty excited about it. The place is 15 minutes from me so it works out well.
My Nephew was trying to get me to let him teach me but he rides like a maniac and I want to do this right. I am 47 now and just want a motorcycle for casual recreational riding, not posing or speed. Another benefit is the course completion counts as credit in place of the riding test for licensing.
I am also using the class as a feeler to see if I really want to ride a bike. Not just about taking the class trying to get a certificate for BMV or anything. Anyways, I did not check the box indicating I am interested in a Harley so they will not try to market or call me.
I talked to the instructor for about 15 mintues when I signed up. I was surprised to learn that the class only has a 68% pass rate. I assumed this was primarily going to be a somehwat serious class and also a push to get people out on the road riding(and buying) Harley Bikes. But the instructor was pretty candid and told me they have the same certification criteria as the BMV class. He said some people shouldn't ride a bike or do not have the coordination to ride a bike and part of their job is to screen this out and make sure this type does not pass. No refund, either. He also indicated their reputation would falter if they just pushed people through and they ended up in the morgue. You fail, tough luck. So it's not just walk in, take the course and buy a Harley bike. Which is good, because having never owned a bike, I really don't know if it is something for me. I just thought it would be fun. Always wanted to try.
They supply the bikes. You have to bring a helmet and riding gear. I already have jeans, boots and a an old leather jacket so dont need to buy that. Only thing I needed was a helmet and got one from the Honda shop for cheap.