Originally Posted by Tim Hublou
So far I've taken the MSF course, got my endorsement on my license, and have even gotten my mothers "approval" for riding a motorcycle. I've been looking for the advanced MSF course, but cannot for the life of me find one. I bought gloves, riding armour, and a helmet and really am thinking about buying a new helmet. My biggest problems so far though, are taking turns and sometimes I wonder if I'm driving the bike correctly when I need to downshift from 3rd gear at a stoplight. Normally I just hold in the clutch and shift all the way down, but I'm starting to think that isn't the way to go about it.
Where I live, there is NEVER any scheduled advanced courses all year round, instead they want you to round up a minimum of 4 people and then they will create an advanced course for you.
As far as holding the clutch in and downshifting all the way to 1st, that is absolutely fine. Motorcycle wet clutches are especially created in such a way to be able to handle this. But it is also nice to learn how to blip your throttle and downshift.
Take a look at this topic in the two wheel safety area:
20 General Riding Safety Tips
Some extra things. Learn to keep your cool. No matter what. Also don't over-react. You will find almost on a daily basis you may experience a lot of close calls, or at least perceived close calls, it is important to although be mindful of the situation, do not react in an exaggerated way. This is important so that you will always have full control of your motorcycle. Know the difference between evasive maneuvers intended to save yourself from a collision and defensive maneuvers to keep you at an ideal safety. Do not confuse the two and relegate your actions accordingly.
In other words, if a car abruptly turns into your lane and you have enough distance to safely brake and slow down, do so instead of slamming on your brakes (over-reacting) and losing tire traction when such an action is completely unnecessary.
Get a cheapo action cam to mount on your bike or helmet. Do not be one of those riders who post a topic saying you got into an accident, someone hit you and they drove off, letting them get away with it. Get a camera to protect yourself and get justice from such criminal actions.