You know what's fun? Riding motorcycles.
Over the weekend I was one of 10 participants in Ride Alive Motorcycle Academy's Basic Rider Course. Ride Alive offers different course options to accommodate a variety of schedules. Classes are available at their Bay View location Monday through Friday evenings as well as during the day on Saturday and Sunday.
They also have a location off of Good Hope Road, which features women's-only classes.
I opted for the Saturday/Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule after a few tedious hours of researching beginner rider courses. I looked at a variety of classes in the area, all priced in the same range. After comparing a few, it appeared that each class would help me meet DMV requirements, so I was looking for the class that would teach me the most.
Fortunately, a friend recently completed the Ride Alive course and had nothing but great things to say. This sealed the deal for me. I signed up about a month before I actually took the class. I'd suggest scheduling out a month or more prior, as there are only 10 spots available, and some weekends filled quickly.
The class was easy enough to find (after I drove past it twice). I arrived about 10 minutes early and began filling out the required paperwork (waivers and emergency contact). The class officially started at about 8:15 a.m. As I somewhat expected, I was the only girl. I had contemplated the all-womenâ€™s class, but I live so much closer to the Bay View location.
The degree of student experience was pretty balanced in the class. Some riders had been riding motorcycles for years, while others had never ridden before.
Two different instructors led the class - Ted and Kitty. They truly meant it when they said we would be starting at the very beginning. The first three hours covered the basics. We discussed different bike types, riding gear, Wisconsin state laws, and where specific controls are located. After a few hours of feeling like I was in information overload, we moved outsid…Read more...