I Passed

It was a long, hot day on the MSF riding range today. Officially, the air temperature was 95. On the asphalt pad, it must’ve been significantly hotter.

We did lots of turning, cornering, and swerving, then we took the skills test. They docked me three points on my emergency stop, but overall, my rider evaluation score was 97, which was the second highest in the class.

But I was happy with the score, and happy to get my MSF card.

Now, I just gotta get my certificate, and I’m good to go.

Fortunately, both of my instructors work on Camp Pendleton, so after I pick up my bike tomorrow morning, I’ll drive my truck to Pendleton, and I can pick up my certificate.


If all goes well.

Good Lord willin’.

Creek don’t rise.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for TechCentralStation.com. Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.

1 thought on “I Passed”

  1. Heh, it’s a slippery slope; here’s the bikes I’ve had in the last eight years:

    2007 Vivid Black Harley-Davidson FLHRI Road King (Black Maria)
    2005 Black Cherry/Black Pearl Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Electra Glide Ultra Classic (The Mutt Slayer – Ret)
    2004 Red/Silver Harley-Davidson FLHRI Road King (The Barcalounger – Ret)
    2001 Red/Silver Kawasaki Nomad FI (Ret)
    2000 Red/Silver Yamaha V-Star Classic 650 (Ret)
    1972 White Honda 750 Four Chop (White Boy – Ret)
    1966 Blue/White Harley-Davidson XLCH Ironhead Sportster Chop (The Boneshaker – Ret)

    A wee bit of advice, go to this site ( http://www.ridelikeapro.com ) and spring for the Ride Like A Pro DVD then practice the techniques Jerry teaches. I can drag the floorboards on my Road King following his methods. Also, here’s a couple of forums that have Sportster sections that will help with questions and general knowledge: http://groups.msn.com/harleytechtalk


    Be safe,

    Uncle Fester

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