I passed my motorcycle riding school. It actually wasn't as fun as I thought it would be, it was instructive, but it wasn't much fun.
Riding down the road and carving the turns is fun, but riding in a parking lot on an obstacle course where everything you do and every move you make is controlled and critiqued is not fun. I would describe it as stressful, tiring, and somewhat informative.
If you're a brand-new shiny rider I would say the course is very informative but still stressful and tiring. But if you're an old-time rider like me and your set in your riding ways I think it's in some ways more difficult because they want you to do everything their way and not the way you have been doing it for the last 40 years.
Now you could say that they're trying to get rid of your bad habits, but for me considering all the countries I've ridden in and all the states I've traveled in on a motorcycle and never had an accident I'm more than a little hesitant to give up the ways that I ride a motorcycle.
If you're a beginner I think this course is a great way to learn the basics of riding a motorcycle. There was a couple of brand-new riders in the class and there was a huge improvement in the way they rode when we started and in the way they rode for the final test.
The first day was a 10 hour day. four hours were spent in the classroom learning riding fundamentals, and the rest of the day was spent riding around the obstacle course which was changed and became a different obstacle course about every half hour.
Very little of the course was going straight so you could sit back and relax. Most of the course was stopping and going and turning in different directions and in different ways, and that's what made it so tiring. And if you're not used to sitting on a motorcycle seat for four or five hours at a time you learn it can become uncomfortable pretty quick.
Sunday was a shorter day we got there at 8 o'clock and were done by three. The day consisted of, four hours of obstacle course, an hour or two of the actual riding test, a short refresher discussion on the book learning stuff, and then the written test.
There were six people in the class and I'm happy to say that everyone passed. we got to know each other pretty well this weekend. And I think we all would've been disappointed had someone failed.
So that was it, I'm really glad it's over, and now all I've got to do is go to the DMV and get my motorcycle license.