Riding on grass is so different from riding on pavement that it will do more harm than good. Friction Zone practice is probably a good thing...bngarza wrote:I started riding before my class!! It was the best thing I did. I'm not talking marathon riding but getting used to the bike. Put your bike up on the center stand and start up your bike and "practice" letting the clutch in and out. Get the feel of when it "catches". Then move to the back yard, start it up and "walk" the bike by releasing the clutch and pulling it back in. This is the first thing theytaught us to do when we got on the bikes. I had no idea of that when my friend to me to do it. Then try riding in the back yard. I hope this helps you as much as it helped me. My instructors really noticed that I had "practiced".
I'm with you Mer. I took the MSF course first and then practiced in parking lots, then rode around the neighborhood. Now I go on trips 160 miles, one way. You should take the course first.Mer wrote:Personally, I waited until after the MSF to do anything on my bike. I think you "could" pick up some bad habits if you rode before the class. How long do you have to wait?