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I have a question for current or former MSF coaches. (You OH guys are all former MSF now, right)

What newer program bikes do you see on your ranges?

At PKB we have mostly Honda Nighthawks with a few Rebels, two CR230's, Suzuki GV's and a single Yamaha Star 250. Good bikes but they're getting to be more than 10-15 years old.

At the winter roundup meeting the state guys were pushing us to try harder at working with the local dealers on the loaner program. Apparently it's a pretty good deal where we get to use a bike or several for a year, then the dealer sells it used, and the corporation covers the difference in new versus used price.

But looking at the newer 250-400 cc bikes, I see a lot of plastic, which will not do well through all those predictable drops. 

At the Morgantown range they have four loaner Grom's. Which are NOT fair competition for the limited space exercise.

So, does anybody see any newer bikes? Are they holding up well through the low speed drops? I hear the Ninja's are not considered. 

Chris

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I've seen a tw200.

Duke 360 out of price range?

HONDA CB300R 

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Suzuki TU250's   -- Yamaha  TW200 --- Honda Rebel -  Suzuki GZ50 - 

I know some of the private MO classes have even the Honda Grom

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I'm sure that standards and small cruisers are preferred because they have fewer plastic parts that can get bashed. The sportbike models all have lots of plastic.

The newer naked models have less plastic - no fairings. But they still mostly have shrouds around the radiators and, in some cases, those silly fake air intake scoops. Has anybody seen one of these newer models go down? Do those shrouds or air scoops survive, or do they spray plastic slivers all over?

@motocat12 I never thought of a KTM! The 390 Duke is not outrageously overpriced versus the Honda, Yamaha, or Kawi Z400. But they might be entirely reasonable on the loaner plan. I've never heard of any in the MSF program. So, wow, can't wait to find out if KTM is interested in or already has a loaner program. I think it would be a GREAT way to get new riders to try the brand.

But I forsee three problems. First, if we only have one 390 for a class of 10 or 12, we'll have fist fights. Second, both rider coaches will want to do ALL of the demo rides. And third, I would be very very tempted to sneak the thing out on the road. :D

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5 hours ago, Shoop said:

 if we only have one 390 for a class of 10 or 12, we'll have fist fights.

bike choice by chronological registration date

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Can't believe no one has suggested the obvious choice. Goldwing.

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22 minutes ago, Tonik said:

Can't believe no one has suggested the obvious choice. Goldwing.

I dont think I'd pass the motorcycle test on a goldwing.:lol:

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24 minutes ago, TimTheAzn said:

I dont think I'd pass the motorcycle test on a goldwing.:lol:

When I took the MSF one of our instructors was a female, that did competition precision riding on a Wing. She was amazing. Below is another female doing it. So, we know of at least two girls that can ride better than you.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Tonik said:

When I took the MSF one of our instructors was a female, that did competition precision riding on a Wing. She was amazing. Below is another female doing it. So, we know of at least two girls that can ride better than you.

 

 

There's plenty more than 2 girls that can ride better than me. Those two arent them, though. :lol:

 

Love how that guy has a cig in his mouth. Practice like you do it in real life.

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I personally think going forward we will have an issue with liquid cooled bikes. The new Honda rebles are liquid cooled. How well will this hold  up to teaching? I have seen the old tw200 take one hell of a hit, and they keep on ticking. Now we run the risk of cleaning up a mess of coolant on the range. 

I think the new van van 200 would be a great trainer bike. I have road a few already. 

Pickings are getting slim for trainer bikes. Most are just over powered for training, although fuel in injection is welcome. 

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Crap. I hadn't thought of that. Also, I expect we're likely to see some boil overs. More mess. 

 

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For air cooled and under powered there's always the chinese crate bikes.

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9 hours ago, motocat12 said:

For air cooled and under powered there's always the chinese crate bikes.

Ya know, I would love to set have a pair of those new Hawk 250's that are Fuel injected. Just to see if they can take the abuse. 

Also the Honda grom would be a great bike in my opione. No not 12 of them for one class, but a pair of them in the fleet would be a good option and fit quite a few riders. 

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