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#21 Unread post by Patrick » Sun Oct 28, 2007 10:08 am

Animals become part of the family. Sorry to hear about your loss.

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#22 Unread post by Wrider » Sun Oct 28, 2007 1:28 pm

Thanks guys... It does help that I was already moved out of the house, but it's still gonna hurt every time I go home.
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#23 Unread post by slimcolo » Sun Oct 28, 2007 1:53 pm

sorry to hear about dog. Lost my 16 year old pup last year and still call him without thinking. Was my best friend
SEE NO EVO
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RIDE NO EVO

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#24 Unread post by Wrider » Wed Oct 31, 2007 3:06 am

Again, thanks for the condolences... It really does help that I was already moved out and down here in Arizona when it happened. Mom says that her morning routine is really sad now because she doesn't let the dog in and out like she has for the last 10 years.

Anyway, school is going alright, I'm pretty good in the classroom part, which is the first 6 weeks of it. Last week we had our first quiz, most were kinda stressing about it, cramming and all. If I stress and cram, I inevitably fail, so I just took it as it came, laughed and joked until it came up.
50 Multiple choice questions.
1 hour to do it.
I was the first one done, walked out with the test done after (I kid you not) 6 minutes. I was quickly followed by another two students, then the last student finished after 54 minutes.
When I'm the first one done, I usually tend to think I did something wrong, but I did check to make sure there was nothing else, and I was completely done.
After lunch, I got my paper back. Third highest grade in the class, 94%!!! :mrgreen: :)
So yeah, no one got 100%, but there was a 98% and a 96% followed by mine. I was pretty happy with it.

That was on Thursday, on Friday we went through engine math. Bore, Stroke, Compression Ratios, Displacement, all that.
They gave us the formulas, relatively easy stuff! Got bored during lecture and wrote a calculator program to do it all for me. (Gotta love high school teachers that teach you to write programs.) So yeah, got that done, got the homework done, then the lecture ends and he says "Use the rest of the time to work on your homework!" :frusty: Sonuvabeech Now what? Turns out it's not as easy for a lot of other people. So I spent the rest of the class period helping out everyone else to learn and apply the formulas and whatnot. Got called a brain. That can't be true, if that were true, I'd still be in school for engineering or computer science!

Truth be told though, I enjoy this a whole lot more.

We take our next quiz tomorrow, I'll report on how I do. It might be a little lower score, I didn't understand how 2-Strokes worked until I got down here, so it took me a little to understand them and I'm still getting the specifics down. Why does everyone get all offended when I tell 'em I've never ridden a 2-Stroke or a dirt bike??? :laughing:

Anyway, that's enough for this update, will update again as life goes on!
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#25 Unread post by Wrider » Wed Oct 31, 2007 3:13 am

High_Side wrote:Winter in Phoenix, with a bike in the garage and no licence? You really know how to torture yourself! I'm sure looking at, and working on bikes all day every day will make the time pass faster :lol:
Didn't see this one earlier, fortunately no bike in the garage... Heck, no garage, living in a 5th wheel while in school! lol And yeah, I've got a couple of guys down the road that are also in school with me, one rides a bobbed - Aero 750, and one rides a Softtail. Another guy that I carpool with is trying to get himself a Gixxer 600. (His first street bike, but he has over 2500 miles under his belt on his friend's 1000, so eh, what can I say to discourage him?)
Oh, and Shorts, I just changed it after I saw you posted it! Not your fault... lol All mine! Also, none of those tickets were on the bike, I was driving an 04 Dodge Intrepid and a 97 Toyota Camry when I got those.
Ceemes, yeah, that would hurt quite a bit. Motorola's always been the speed king! But that's why they have exits off the Interstates right? :twisted: Yes, I'm a sick sick speedfreak, I need to get to the track.
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#26 Unread post by Wrider » Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:35 pm

OOOHHHHH YYYEEEEAAAHHHH *Kool-Aid man bursts through the wall*

So yeah, I'm all excited, got another 94 on my test this time, again first one done, 13 minutes, done 7 ahead of everyone else. And this time, as far as I know, I got the highest grade in the class. Missed one just because of misreading the decimal, grrrrrrr. But I did ok overall I think. Because I missed a day, I got docked 15 points for attendance (20% of the grade) and a 94% average on the tests, plus perfect professionalism (pretty easy, don't throw things, don't attack students or prof and you're good to go).
Overall, that's a 93.4% for the class. So yeah, I'm happy!
BTW, has anyone here ever looked at a direct-drive Harley transmission? If you have, can you possibly tell me what they were smoking when they invented it? Where can I get some today? Musta been some good $hit! :laughing:
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#27 Unread post by Sev » Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:01 pm

Hahah, direct drive... that goes indirectly out the same way it came in. Makes no sense to me either. But that's American's for you.

Glad to hear you're doing well in classes dude :D. Keep up the hard work, don't beat up your class mates, and always remember. There's more fun stuff coming up! Just wait till you start doing some actual work!
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#28 Unread post by Wrider » Thu Nov 01, 2007 5:37 pm

Sev wrote:Hahah, direct drive... that goes indirectly out the same way it came in. Makes no sense to me either. But that's American's for you.
The difference, Mr. Sev, is that we Americans can still understand it! I understand exactly how it works, I'm just not sure who was on what at the time it was designed! :laughing:
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#29 Unread post by Sev » Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:42 pm

Forgive me, I don't understand the reasoning behind it. Is what I should have said.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#30 Unread post by Wrider » Fri Nov 02, 2007 3:01 am

Ahhh, then you're like everyone in my class too! :laughing:
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#31 Unread post by Wrider » Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:41 pm

Well, in the last week we've had two tests. First one I got a 98 on, had I not misread one question (Axial vs Radial loads on bearings) I would have gotten a 100. So I'm happy, but a little disappointed. The second one was on carbeurators and I got another 94 on it. Overall I'm enjoying the class, studying with friends that I've met, going to one friend's house tonight for dinner. Should be fun!

Also, I've worked for a security company twice now. Both times just acting as security/bouncer. Once at a frat's halloween party (eye candy galore) and last night at a local bar. Because the people were so well behaved and so numerous, they drafted me to help em out! lol So there I am, big me, security shirt, running dishes back and forth, washing them, helping out with whatever they needed. Not something you see every day!

In the end though, they really appreciated the help, and it kept me from being bored, so life is good!

Hope you're all having a good day!
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#32 Unread post by Cappy » Fri Nov 16, 2007 1:04 am

Hello Wrider,

Been watching your posts for a while now and I find it to be interesting and informative , I too will be attending MMI in Phoenix starting in January 2008.

I am a retired firefighter of 22 years and now want to start a new career.

I have heard that the Phoenix facility is very strict on uniforms being worn at class, tardiness, testing, personal hygiene (no facial hair) and tobaco use what are your thoughts on this?

I also will be using my rv to live in where would you suggest to use?

I am 50 years old are there any my age in your class?
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#33 Unread post by Wrider » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:38 am

Oh boy Oh boy!!! I get to post about something I know about!!! :laughing:

Alright, first things first, I'm surprised anyone reads my blog... lol

As for coming down here, that better mean we meet up! I'll still be down here til February of 09. If you haven't made housing reservations yet, do it ASAP.

As for being a firefighter, that's awesome, my dad and uncle are/were both firemen.

Yes, the Phoenix facility is VERY strict on it. You can have facial hair, but only neatly groomed (goatees, mustaches, shorter beards, the like). Uniforms MUST be worn to class. That means uniform shirt, long pants (blue, black, or khaki), and closed-toed shoes. Also must wear your name/ID badge at all times. Testing is strict, but my instructor is a fairly relaxed guy. Tobacco use... Smoking/chewing is permitted, but smoking must be done in certain areas only, some instructors will even deduct you professionalism points (30% of your grade) for smoking outside of those areas. Overall though, fair, and it really does help to get us prepped for shops and whatnot.

As for using the RV to live. There are dozens of RV parks around. The restrictions that have me limited to mine and mine alone are, in order.
1. Age/Shape of the RV. Most parks won't allow you period if you're over 10 years old. I'm in a 1987 30' 5th wheel that's in wonderful shape. If you're gonna have a problem with that, check into my place, Covered Wagon RV Park. You're going to want to talk to Lee. She'll talk your ear off but is a nice enough lady. (602) 242-2500. As for MMI students living here, we've got a total of 4 occupying 3 spots (two of the guys live together, friends since forever ago... lol)
2. Age. If you're under 50-65, a lot of the parks won't take you either. Plain and simple.
3. If you have a bike, some of the parks won't take you. Loud pipes and supersport squids stunting through the park have killed a lot of those places off. (Covered Wagon does allow motorcycles too btw)
Oh, and Covered Wagon is about 11.3 miles away from MMI, straight up I-17. Usually in the 5-5:30 traffic it takes about 15-20 minutes to get up there, so not bad at all.

As for age, there is no average age in the class. We have one 17 year old guy in our class, and the oldest is the father of another student in our class (came to class together). He's in his late 50s I believe. He's also scoring better on the tests than just about anyone else in the class. Most of our students are in mid-late 20s if I had to guess, but I've seen them all the way to late 60s there. You also won't feel left out. You may feel like we're all just kids (most of us are) but at least in my experience, they make everyone feel welcome, and most of the instructors are at least your age anyway, so there's a camaraderie there too!

Couple of warnings though. People from here drive insanely. If you knew me and my driving habits, and heard me say that, you'd be terrified... lol I like speed, weaving traffic has never been a problem for me, but people here are insane. Also, everyone drives fast, about 10-20 over the limit is average.based on what I've seen.

And a few questions. Are you going for the morning, day, or evening classes? What specialty/specialties? (Most people, except Harley, do more than one, I'm in Suzuki and Yamaha, thinking of adding Late-Model Harley on too) If you want I can also go pick up a copy of the housing helper form with a list of the RV parks on it and send that to you! Just let me know!

BTW, 5th test done today, last one before the final, another 94. Second one done, but the first left about 1/4 of her questions blank, and failed the test miserably, so yeah, I'm still king! lol JK JK
So yeah, that's my update. Taking the final next week either Tuesday or Wednesday, then flying home Thursday morning, headed back down to Phoenix on Sunday morning.
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#34 Unread post by Cappy » Fri Nov 16, 2007 11:42 pm

Good to here from ya, man I asked for the info and you sure hooked me up. Thanks!

I talked to a rep from WyoTech today and that made me to rethink my options.

I do not intend to work for a major shop or dealer so the time spent that focuses on non essentials I feel would not be of benifit me as it would for some one wanting to get ahead in the business.

We discussed the training on different manufacturers and types of bikes I want to train on - they have three sections

- Asian ( metric)
- Euro
- Demestic
Additional on Harley of course.

They do offer the Honda specific as well

The rep said it really does'nt matter unless you do intend to seek employment with a dealer/shop.

The length of the course is about 9 months (I opted for Asian) but he said the traing will cover Harley and Honda anyway but without the specific certs.

The classes are from 7:00 am to 3:pm M-F (that leaves down time to go to the beach or Rothmyers etc.) another plus is that my course will still be going during Daytona Bike Week.

Altough dress codes are compairable it seems to be a little more relaxed at WyoTech.

Housing for my RV is mostly within 5 to 20 minutes away and averages from $450 to $700.00 monthly w/ water/cable tv/wyfi, electric is additional.
So to summerize

Coarse length
Location
and oh, by the way the tuition is $21000.00
Scenery

So all I have to do now is make my mind up. Whatever I do I think we sould stay intouch and share info.

You wnet the x-tra mile helping me out with the info thanks for that. I will keep you posted.
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#35 Unread post by Wrider » Sat Nov 17, 2007 2:56 am

Fair enough man, I do understand you there. I'm 21 so I'm still seeking my career, hoping this will be it, otherwise it's one EXPENSIVE hobby lesson! lol

So I have to ask, what do you plan on doing if you don't want to work in a shop or dealership?

I do have to say, I did look into Wyotech, but honestly it didn't rate as highly with the manufacturers, the dealerships, or the service shops as MMI. We're also the only one sponsored by Harley, and are also sponsored by Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Honda.

Classes here are a little longer for us, but we also only have 5 hour days, three shifts starting at 7:30 AM and mine ends at 11:30 PM.

That's what my tuition is too actually, for Suzuki and Yamaha at a year and two months total.

Umm, what are the non-essentials?

That is one thing you'll miss out here is scenery... everything's flat. Coming from Colorado, I hate it. What they call mountains I call foothills! lol

Oh, and average here for rent is 450 (my place) to about 700 (really high end) with everything included except electricity. One guy lives near the school (newer RV and no bike) for 550/month, includes utilities, wifi, cable, pool tables, the works. Pretty nice place, I'd move in if I could! lol

Anyway, let me know if you want to visit or whatnot, you can stay at my place or I know a local Motel 6 that charges 40 bucks a night for clean rooms!
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#36 Unread post by Cappy » Sat Nov 17, 2007 8:14 pm

I forgot to tell ya that I live in a small community of about 21000 people and that I just plan on a mom and pop shop because the next city that has a dealership(s) is 65 miles away and people are tired of driving back and forth for minor repairs.

I agree that MMI does have a better reputation and that it has qualities that are very good and I feel that MMI may be a little more intense and I may even hold the class back at times.

What I meant by non-essential is that I was told by the MMI rep that a portion of the school is devoted to customer relations.

WyoTech does rate a little lower on the scale but I believe that it will be a little more to my needs. Besides what else does a 50 year old man that has been married for 29 years got to do but sit on beach with a beer and watch the scenery.

Don't get me wrong I do plan on performing good in my class work and get up to date with newer bikes. Harley does not readily except Wyo as a suitable training venue but I feel I will get enough out of the class to do what I need.

Besides I like the ocean.

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Let me know how things are going with MMI
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#37 Unread post by Wrider » Sat Nov 17, 2007 9:41 pm

Well personally I think anyone can do it, as long as they're decently committed. Might just be me of course, but I dunno, we've got some morons out here! lol

MMI Rep was accurate in that they definitely try to help you understand customer relations. There is not a certain class just for it. It's kinda incorporated into it...

The beach... Now that does sound interesting! lol I'd love to be on the beach at the Orlando campus, but I'd never go to class, I'd be on the beach checking out the scenery too! :laughing:
Beer would be optional, sunglasses required... :wink:

Will do, let me know how Wyotech treats ya!

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#38 Unread post by Wrider » Wed Nov 21, 2007 2:50 am

WWWoooooHHHoooo!!!!!!!! Done with theory!!!

Passed the theory final with a 91% WOOT! Not bad, was hoping for higher, but considering that's my lowest score so far, I'm happy overall. Overall my average for both theory classes was a 95%. Not bad, not bad at all.

The funniest part though? There's a girl in our class who claims to personally know the Orange County Inbreds, has a bike by them (a gift of course). Oh, she's also sponsored in dirt-bike racing by Yamaha, rides a 250. Also funny, because there's no way a girl her size would even be competitive on a 250. Oh, and she apparently modified it for street use too... Not to mention her Grand National that runs the 1/4 in under 8 seconds of course!
But I digress...
Anyway, with all the modifications and her experience with bikes and all, you'd think she'd fly through theory right? Wrong! 69.5% In our class a 70% is the min for passing. So wow... just wow... Amazing the people who get caught in their own lies isn't it??? Yeah, she wouldn't touch my bike with a ten foot pole... *Shakes head sadly* Some people...

Anyway, all done with theory, now on to Clinic 1, where I get to learn to use micrometers and other measuring devices of minuscule scale and fine accuracy!
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#39 Unread post by AZRider » Fri Nov 30, 2007 2:46 pm

Sounds like things are going good.
Im glad you started a blog, lets me know some of the ins of the school. still thinking about going. Maybe next spring or summer.Got some problems right now. Also need to figure out living arrangements and such. Would more than likely commute.
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#40 Unread post by Sev » Thu Dec 13, 2007 5:20 pm

Better buy a magnifying glass. Those micrometers are pesky. LoL
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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