Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: North East Florida, FL, USA
Re: Take the ERC with a 250 or the LT?
It is generally recommended that an individual gain somewhere around 3000 miles riding experience prior to returning to take an ERC. Given that your currently riding a fairly small and light weight bike, if your incentive in taking the ERC is strictly to further develop and refine your skill level, I'd say taking the class on your Rebel at this point is probably a fine idea.
Beyond that, as I'm sure your realize, the step up from the 250 Honda to the LT is a huge one. Depending on your skill level as well as confidence level you might want to make that transition in two steps. Perhaps some additional time on something in the 650 to 700 cc class would better prepare you for handling the beast in the LT. If time and or financing prohibit that, I would suggest, as above, take the ERC on the 250, ride it for an additional period of time to develop your skill level and then make the jump up to the LT. I would then ride the LT consevitively for an additional 1000 miles or so before taking the ERC on the new bike. You need to develop your confidence in handling the LT and become intimately familiar with all it's controls before signing up for the ERC. If you take your shinny new LT to class with an inherent fear of dropping it, well, Ya know it's gona happen! Remember, one of the primary goals of an ERC is not to teach you how to ride your bike. It is however to provide you with a safe and controlled enviornment in which to practice and further refine all of your existing skills while riding your own motorcycle and under the watchful eye of a trained coach who can help you to become a safer and more proficient rider.
North East Florida
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