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Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.
Monument Valley, Utah-9/2011 photo by Johney Harper!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

ERC-experienced Rider Course 08/24

Sunday August 24, 2008 5:45am finally arrived. After taking the MSF safety course in November 2004 I am about to attend my first motorcycle riding class for experienced riders. Learning should never really stop and this is part of trying to maintain and improve my motorcycle riding skills. Three other members of Chapter 230 including Lynne, Barry and Johney all took the class the week before. Because of the effort of Lynn and reading her Blog it was a lot less stressful to get ready for this class.

I met up with John R., Tom from Chino, and myself and we rode over to a Denny's near the class. After breakfast we headed over to the Cerritos College parking lot and the "grinder". Other members of Star included, Don, Gregg, Tony (on a new Raider), along with John, Tom and myselfwere ready to go. There were other classmembers but I failed to get their names.

After registering and documentaion we had a safety briefing and run through of our first exercize. There were exercizes in weaving, turning, riding through a series of cones, stopping in a turn, stopping and weaving and going through a series of curved patterns. All very similalr to the first beginner class I took and with a lot of the same comments by the instructors as well. "Keep your head and eyes up, turn your head into the turn, look where you want to go and keep your speed up and even".
A new 1850cc Raider with lots of modifications. This is Tony's new Raider and he just loves it. He blacked out all the chrome so he wouldn't see his own reflection, why I don't know.

The group including the instructors Jim and Stephen on the right. (picture taken by Lynne Shapiro who graciously stopped by with cold water)
It's getting hot out here but it's nearly over.

Part of the safety course is a no- riding and drinking segment using a pair of "Alcohol/drunk Goggles" Here's Tom and his attempt to walk while wearing them.

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