Today was the last day of the BRC, with the test. I passed. Wish I could say with flying colors but the thing I knew I needed work on killed me during the BRC: Low speed maneuvering. Blew the Figure 8 they allow that so long as you do very good on the rest.
The evaluator did say I almost failed on the cornering though. Apparently scraping your peg is considered a drop and instant fail. Came into the turn too hot (for their liking) but was past the PNR. Rather than bail on the turn, I just leaned harder. Apparently way harder
Mini-review: For a person that has never ridden a motorcycle before, the Basic Rider Course is an excellent class. For someone who successfully got their bike home in 1 piece and been riding it for a bit however, I'd recommend the Experienced Rider Course. The BRC targets complete newbies going over basic motorcycle fundamentals, controls and operation. Someone with experience riding a bike might find it hard to pay attention (and not laugh) when they're covering things like "Where's the throttle". Day 1 was murder on my attention span.
Another thing that almost killed me: we were not allowed to bring our own bikes despite the MSF website saying so. My *** and legs are killing me from riding the 'cruisers' they used (250s like the Nighthawk). Everything feels natural when I'm on my CBR. Seating position, control locations, balance. But that's because I've gotten used to it. I feel that anyone who already has a sports bike but doesn't have years experience riding motorcycles in general might get thrown off a bit. Example: I've never had a problem shifting my CBR. Not even on the first ride with 20 years between my last ride. But I had difficulty even today finding the shifter (downshifting was ugly).
The ERC is allegedly the mostly the same course with a few more things thrown in (group riding, ect). But you have to bring your own bike to that. It may have gone smoother for me in that course. I'll find out when I take it
Overall, the MSF's courses are something I highly recommend for new and newish riders. The criticism from an experienced rider who's not PO'd that he had to wait for you to catch up is invaluable. I knew what I needed to work on before going in (slow speeds). But they taught me how to work on that.
And yeah, there were 2 fails. One woman aced the Figure 8 and then lowsided on the quick stop (no damage except to her confidence since that was the 4th failure). The other was a lowside on the cornering. Went in too hot but didn't have the confidence to lean more. Braked in the turn and you can guess the rest. No damage except to his pride