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Hi folks, ain't been for around for a bit, but thought I would look here for straight skinny/no shit advice. Got myself a bit of a problem. Any thoughts, been in the same boat, or just ideas are very welcome! Here it is: a young lady(in her 60's) has ask me to teach her how to ride! Wow, don't know what to do, she is a very old friend , BUT she has never ridden a lick other than on the back of some other folks bikes.
My first thought was tell her take the MSF course, but the way I get it they got a day class, next day on the range, is that right? What about a girl that has never pulled a clutch or twisted a throttle? Don't know what to do, I don't want her hurt or killed cause she is SO green Any thoughts, folks????

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Tell her to buy a Can-am, that solves most of the worry.
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You have described exactly what the Basic Rider Course 1 offered by the MSF was designed for, the very lowest level beginner rider. If I had to make the decision that you are faced with, I would encourage her to enroll and trust that they will take care of her.

Ensure that she has good protective gear.

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Tell her to buy a Can-am, that solves most of the worry.
She seems intent on being on 2 wheels, BUT that is a great and safer option! I will for sure run that one by her! Thank You!

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You have described exactly what the Basic Rider Course 1 offered by the MSF was designed for, the very lowest level beginner rider. If I had to make the decision that you are faced with, I would encourage her to enroll and trust that they will take care of her.

Ensure that she has good protective gear.

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If she will not do the 3 wheeler thing, I will push her to the course. Thank you for your reply!

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Being an older female and away from motorcycles a number of years, I took the MSF basic 2 yrs ago. Found the instructors very helpful over the 3 day session. Also, the others in my class were all gents and encouraged me throughout the sessions! I, not only regained riding knowledge, but learned so much more to make my riding more safe. Since, I try to practice skills and increase my ability to ride.

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the MSF course teaches you how to ride, regardless of your age. you think most people go in there already knowing how to ride bikes?

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+1 on encouraging her to take the course. Then after the course you can provide some coaching to improve her skills and keep her safe. Since the course provides the motorcycles you don't have to risk yours for her to learn the basics.

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The very first technical thing you should teach her is to walk the bike in neutral. Let her push the bike under her own power. Start it. Stop it. Turn it around. Figure out where the brakes are, etc. When she's done tell her she just finished lesson 1 of the MSF course work would she like to sign up?

Continuing with reality. She is in her sixties. Our spirits stay young forever but damned if our bodies don't give out prematurely. If she is standing on her tip toes manhandling a bike with a high COG and engine that rattles her eyeballs and suspension that will separate her hip, she may not stay a rider for long.

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Hey Sugar Bear,
Missed your postings of late. Everyone has given you great advice. Sparkn is dead on with the basics. That's how I first learned to ride dirt bikes then onto street bikes. It builds confidence in knowing how your bike functions.
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