Originally Posted by Sloppyburpfest
Speaking as someone who has taught the MSF course for 20+ years, my advice is:
1. Would you get on an airplane if you knew the pilot was "taught" to fly by their layman friends? Ultimately this is someone's safety we're talking about.
2. Even though I am a competent teacher, I still would not teach my own friends and family to ride. Students will learn better from impartial strangers. When you learn from someone you know, there are all kinds of hidden emotions that will get in the way. Learning a new physical skill is hard enough without having to deal with extra emotional baggage.
3. If you must teach someone, make sure they are wearing all the proper safety gear, they are well hydrated, you have a quiet empty parking lot to work in and your personal liability insurance is up to date.
I understand what you and Bob are getting at, but she doesn't want anyone other than me teaching her. I tried to get her to take the course, just so she could have her license all in one weekend (in Oklahoma, you take the written test, then 30 days later the driving test. During those 30 days you can ride within 100 feet of a licensed motorcyclist). But this is the way she wants to do it and I'm smarter than to treat a 58 year old woman like a kid.
I already have the parking lot picked out, and figuring out some cone patterns and class outline from MSF videos.
Believe me Bob..... I'd rather be eating wings and drinkin beer while she takes the MSF class..... but instead, my day is going to be filled with eyerolls and "pffffffttttt"'s
"Marrying an old bachelor is like buying second-hand furniture." - Helen Rowland
Current: 2018 CBR300
Former Rides: 1971 Honda CT90, 1973 Honda CB175, 1978 Yamaha XS650, 1981 Honda CM200T, 1983 Yamaha XJ650 Turbo,1983 Honda VF750S, 1985 Kawasaki GPZ550, 1989 CBR600F1, 2006 Yamaha TW200, 2006 Suzuki GZ250, 2014 Honda CTX700N